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Todd C. Shaw Is the New President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Dr. Shaw is the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is also serving as the interim director of African American studies.

Alain Mabanckou Is a Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

Alain Mabanckou is a professor of French and Francophone studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of the Congo, he taught at the University of Michigan for three years before joining the UCLA faculty in 2006.

The New Dean of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at the University of Michigan

Aaron Dworkin is an internationally acclaimed violinist and serves as founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit organization based in Detroit that aims to increase diversity in the performing arts.

An Elite College Degree Does Not Shield Blacks From Employment Discrimination

African Americans who graduate from high-ranking colleges and universities have little or no advantage in the job market over White students who graduate from educational institutions that are not as highly regarded.

New Study Finds That the Great Migration Negatively Impacted Black Mortality Rates

While the Great Migration provided millions of Blacks with better educational and economic opportunities, a new study finds that it also led to increase mortality rates for African Americans.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

University of Montana Scholar to Be Honored by the Caribbean Philosophical Association

Benedicte Boisseron is an associate professor of French and Francophone language and literature at the University of Montana. She studied at the University of Paris and then earned a Ph.D. in French literature at the University of Michigan.

Yale’s James Comer Honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

James P. Comer is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine's Child Study Center. He has served on the Yale University faculty since 1968.

Ranking the Top Law Schools by Their Percentage of Black Students

At none of the 15 highest-ranked law schools do Black enrollments reach 9 percent. Harvard Law School ranks first with Black enrollments of 8.7 percent.

Greatest Gains in Black Educational Progress Occurred After Major Wars

A new study by John Rury, a professor of education at the University of Kansas and Derrick Darby a professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, finds that the educational prospects for African Americans improved dramatically immediately after three major wars.

The New Provost at Florida A&M University

Marcella David has been serving as professor of law and international studies and associate dean in the College of Law at the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Michigan School of Law.

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the American Society of Legal History

Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Study Finds Community College Helps Minority Students on the Road to a Bachelor’s Degree

The authors found that for disadvantaged students, who represent the majority of community college-goers, enrolling at a community college has a modest positive effect on their likelihood of completing a bachelor’s degree.

In Memoriam: Ali Alamin Mazrui, 1933-2014

A native of Kenya, Dr. Mazrui was considered a giant among African scholars and one of the world's great public intellectuals. At the time of his death, he was the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at Binghamton University in New York.

University of Michigan Program Brings Young African Scholars to the United States

The University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars Program brings early-career faculty members from Africa to the university's Ann Arbor, Michigan, campus to participate in research, take classes, give lectures, and work with mentors.

A. Van Jordan Is the First Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor

Professor Jordan is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Pushcart Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Since 2009, he has been a full professor at the University of Michigan.

Four African Americans in New Administrative Roles at Colleges and Universities

Taking on new administrative duties are Donna Polk at Bowie State University, Shelli Allen at East Central College in Missouri, Kedra Ishop at the University of Michigan, and Ron T. Coley at the University of California, Riverside.

Mary Frances Berry Honored by the Organization of American Historians

Mary Frances Berry, the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania was honored for "significantly enriched our understanding and appreciation of American history."

Administration Addresses Black Student Demands at the University of Michigan

Last fall, the Black Student Union at the University of Michigan began a social media campaign relating to the racial climate on campus and calling for efforts to increase the number of Black students.

African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The appointees are Nigel Edwards at Florida A&M, Monica Terrell Leach at North Carolina Central, Yvonne Harris at James Madison, Bethany Pace at Towson, Robert Sellers at the University of Michigan, and Claudette McFadden at Bethune-Cookman.

Fraternity at the University of Michigan Planned a “Hood Rachet Thursday” Party

The invitation was directed at "bad bitches, White girls, basketball players, thugs, and gangsters" and warned those invited that "hood IDs would be checked." A headline read, "We goin back to da hood again!!"

How the Ban on Race-Sensitive Admissions Impacts Black Enrollments at the University of Michigan

In order for racial parity to prevail in Michigan, the number of Black students in the entering class at the University of Michigan would have to nearly triple.

University Study Finds Racial Minorities Are Not in the Inner-Circle of Corporate Directors

The study by researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas San Antonio finds that racial minorities make up 28 percent of the corporate directors who serve on a single board but are only 8 percent of the corporate directors who serve on more than one board.

Alice Walker Gets the Boot and Then a Welcoming Hand From the University of Michigan

An invitation for Alice Walker to speak at the University of Michigan was rescinded. Walker, who is an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and an advocate for Palestinian rights, has now been re-invited to speak at a public forum on the University of Michigan campus.

Six African Americans in New Administrative Posts in Higher Education

The new appointees are J. Renee Navarro at the University of California San Francisco, Delbert T. Foster at South Carolina State University, Eddie Washington Jr. at the University of Michigan, Danielle Wood at the University of Arkansas, Sandra Crewe at Howard University, and Joseph Youngblood II of Thomas Edison State College.

University Study Finds No Evidence of Racial Discrimination by Major League Baseball Umpires

The new study examined ball and strike calls for millions of pitches between 1997 and 2008. Using several statistical methods, the authors found no evidence that more strikes were called for pitchers who were the same race as the umpire.

Faculty Senate at the University of Michigan Calls for Greater Student Diversity

In a resolution passed by a vote of 28-9, the faculty senate at the University of Michigan called on the administration to focus on increasing the diversity of the student body. Today, Blacks make up 5 percent of the student body, compared to 8.8 percent in 2001.

Group Size May Determine the Likelihood of Interracial Friendships

In a study of more than 4,700 high school students, researchers at the University of Michigan found school size had a major impact on the likelihood of students forming interracial friendships.

Four African Americans Taking on New Roles in Higher Education

Taking on new roles are Charles Pryor II at LIM College, Carmen Green at the University of Michigan, Tijjani Mohammed at East Carolina University, and Monica Newman McCluney at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

University Study Examines Racial Differences in High School Work Patterns

White high school students are more likely to work than their Black peers. But Blacks who do have jobs tend to work longer hours. One of the more interesting findings of the study is that working long hours does not have negative consequences for African American high school students.

Three African Americans in New Faculty Roles

Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta, will be teaching at the University of Texas. Vivian Fluellen was named to department chair at Fort Valley State University and Desmond Patton is a new assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan.

University of Michigan Launches the Understanding Race Project

From January through April, the university will feature public exhibits, lectures, performances, symposia, and other events examining the role of race in American society. During the spring semester, 130 courses dealing with racial issues will be offered students in a wide variety of disciplines.

Michigan Renews Support for Its Africa Studies Center

The university will provide $1.8 million to the center over the next three years. The money supports research, course development, fellowships, and other initiatives.

Higher Education Grants of Interest to African-Americans

Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Appeals Court Strikes Down Michigan Ban on Race-Sensitive Admissions

In a highly controversial decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 8 to 7 to strike down Proposal 2 that was overwhelmingly approved by Michigan voters in 2006.

Five New Black Members of the Institute of Medicine

The new members are Norman Anderson of the American Psychological Association, John Carethers and Martin Philbert of the University of Michigan, PonJola Coney of Virginia Commonwealth University and Wayne Riley of Meharry Medical College.

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