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'Africa Rising' Topic of Maxwell-Roddey Lecture

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, vice chancellor of the United States International University-Africa, will address "Africa Rising: The Role of Higher Education and the Diaspora" at 5:30 PM, Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Rowe Arts Building, room 130. This free, public talk is the seventh Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture, sponsored by the Africana Studies Department.

Zeleza is considered a leading African and Africanist public intellectual who combines groundbreaking scholarship with innovative academic administration and institution building, both in Africa and North America. Click here for more information about the lecture.

Architecture Faculty Explore 'Diversity and Design'

"Diversity and Design: Understanding Hidden Consequences," being released this month by Routledge Press, features work by two professors in the UNC Charlotte School of Architecture. Edited by Assistant Professor Charles Davis II, with Beth Tauke and Korydon Smith, it includes chapters by Davis and by Associate Professor Peter Wong.

In 15 case studies, Diversity and Design investigates how gender, race, class, age, ethnicity, disability and other factors influence design decisions in all platforms, from product and graphic design to architecture and urban design, and how those decisions affect diverse members of society. According to the editors’ Introduction, "Diversity and Design" presents four purposes: revealing unintended consequences, pluralizing voices and canons, empowering underserved groups and promoting identity development.

The book is available Wednesday, Oct. 21, in hardback and paperback versions.