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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
September 8, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's CAUSE Speaker Series Kicks Off With Discussion of Civil Rights Activist's Legacy

PITTSBURGH—The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University will launch its 2003-04 Speaker Series at 4 p.m. Sept. 19 with a talk by Barbara Ransby, a longtime political activist, freelance journalist and scholar. Ransby's talk will take place in the Giant Eagle Auditorium in Baker Hall at Carnegie Mellon.

Ransby's talk is titled "Ella Baker's Legacy: Remembering the Black Radical Democratic Tradition." Baker (1903-1986) was a civil rights activist and intellectual, and her biography was penned by Ransby, who is an associate professor in the departments of African American Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

All events in the CAUSE Speaker Series are free and open to the public. Established in 1995, CAUSE aims to link the historian's interest in race, work and economic change over time with contemporary analyses of politics, the urban labor force and employment policies. It develops programs of graduate and postdoctoral training, scholarly research, data collection, publications and education.

Each talk begins at 4 p.m., and refreshments are served at 3:30. The other speakers are:

November 21, Robyn Spencer: "Black Power and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California"

Spencer is an assistant professor of African and African American Studies and History at Penn State University, and she is the 2003-04 CAUSE postdoctoral fellow. Her research includes African American social protest movements, South African history and the lives of African American women. She will speak in the H&SS Auditorium in Baker Hall.

January 30, Albert Camarillo: "Black and Brown in South Central Los Angeles: Perspectives on the 'New' Racial Frontier in American Cities"

Camarillo is a professor of American History at Stanford University and director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. He is the author of six books, including "Chicanos in California: A History of Mexican Americans." A location for his talk will be announced later.

February 27, Carroll Parrott Blue: "History, Memory, Story, and the 21st Century—The Dawn at My Back: Memoir of a Black Texas Upbringing"

Blue is a documentary filmmaker and a professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. Her films and videos include "Journeys Through the Bloodline" and "The Fern Street Circus." She will speak in the Singleton Room in the Roberts Hall of Engineering.

April 2, Wendell Pritchett: "What's A City For? Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hood"

Pritchett is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an expert in legal history and property law. He is the author of "Brownsville, Brooklyn: Blacks, Jews and the Changing Face of the Ghetto." Pritchett will speak in the Singleton Room in the Roberts Hall of Engineering.


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