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Sept. 9: Carnegie Mellon's 2008-09 CAUSE Speaker Series Begins Sept. 26


Kelli McElhinny                       

Carnegie Mellon's 2008-09 CAUSE Speaker Series Begins Sept. 26

PITTSBURGH—The Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE) at Carnegie Mellon University will launch its 2008-09 Speaker Series at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 26 with a talk by Scot Brown, associate professor at the University of California Los Angeles' Department of History. Brown's talk, titled "'A Fantastic Voyage:' Funk Music in Dayton, Ohio, and Politics of African American Community — From the Ohio Players to Roger Troutman," will take place in the Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall.
Each talk in the CAUSE speaker series begins at 5 p.m. with refreshments served at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 412-268-8928.
The other dates and speakers are:
Nov. 7, Touré Reed: "Civil Rights and the Fight Against 'Social Disorganization:' The Urban League and Black Middle Class Reform." Reed is an associate professor of history at Illinois State University.  His talk will take place in the Adamson Wing Auditorium, Baker Hall.
Feb. 20, George Reid Andrews: "Racial Politics in a Racial Democracy: Afro-Brazilian Civil Rights Movements, 1945-present." Andrews is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. His talk will take place in the Steinberg Auditorium.
March 20, John Wess Grant: "Stranded Families in an Urban Space: Black Community Formation in Richmond, Virginia, and Monrovia, Liberia, 1817-1870." Grant is the 2008-09 CAUSE postdoctoral fellow and an assistant professor of Africana studies at the University of Arizona.  His talk will take place in the Steinberg Auditorium.
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. More information is available at