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Oct. 9: Carnegie Mellon's CAUSE Speaker Series Kicks Off Oct. 12


Jonathan Potts

Carnegie Mellon's CAUSE Speaker Series Kicks Off Oct. 12

PITTSBURGH — The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) at Carnegie Mellon University will launch its 2007-08 Speaker Series at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12 with a talk by Laurence Glasco, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. Glasco's talk, titled "K. Leroy Irvis and Barack Obama: The Sources of Success," will take place in the Erwin R. Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53.

The late K. Leroy Irvis was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the first African American to serve as speaker of the house in any state legislature since Reconstruction. His appeal crossed racial lines and shares several traits with that of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, (D-Ill.), a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president.

Each talk in the CAUSE speaker series begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments served at 4:30 p.m. Unless specified, the locations for the talks are yet to be determined. For more information, call 412-268-8928.

The other dates and speakers are:

Nov. 9, Kimberly Sims: "'We Already Have the Italian Squad, Why Not the Colored Squad?': Race and Law Enforcement in Early Twentieth Century New York." Sims is an assistant professor of history at American University. Her talk will take place in the Steinberg Auditorium.

Feb. 8, Joseph Inikori: "Serving the Cause of Humanity without Hurting the Advance of Global Capitalism: Reflections on the Ending of the Atlantic Slave Trade." Inikori is a professor of history at the University of Rochester.

April 11, G. Derek Musgrove: "The Forced Realignment from Above and Below: State Repression of Black Elected Officials and Voters in Alabama, 1981-2000." Musgrove is the 2007-08 CAUSE postdoctoral fellow and an assistant professor of history at the University of the District of Columbia.

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. CAUSE is part of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon.