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Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's CAUSE Lecture Series
To Feature Talk on the Remaking of Black America
Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) will host Ira Berlin, the Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Maryland, to discuss "Barack Obama and the Remaking of Black America." Berlin's talk will explore how two 1965 pieces of federal legislation — the Civil Rights Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act — transformed American life, particularly for African Americans. He will talk about how the laws set changes in motion to create a new African America as well as a new America.
Berlin has written extensively on American history in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly on Southern and African-American life. He founded the Freedmen and Southern Society Project, which he directed until 1991, served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 2002, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
CAUSE is part of the Department of History within Carnegie Mellon's College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It develops programs of graduate and postdoctoral training, scholarly research, data collection, publications and education. For more information, visit http://www.hss.cmu.edu/cause/.
When: 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15 (refreshments at 4:30 p.m.)
Where: Rangos Ballroom 1, University Center, Carnegie Mellon University