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Annual Maxwell-Roddey Lecture Set for Sept. 29

Historian Bernard Powers Jr., a professor at the College of Charleston, will present "On Jordan’s Stormy Banks: Racial Violence and the Quest for Home in America" at 5:30 PM, Thursday, Sept. 29, in Fretwell, room 100. This free, public event is the eighth annual Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture, sponsored by the Africana Studies Department.

Powers, who earned a Ph.D. in American history from Northwestern University, teaches courses in American, African American and African diasporic history. He is co-author of "We are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel," which contextualizes the racially motivated murders that occurred in that city in summer 2015.

A book signing and reception will follow Powers’ Sept. 29 presentation. The Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture honors its namesake for her pioneering contributions to the development of Africana studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte as the department’s founding chair; she also helped build black cultural institutions in the greater Charlotte area and nationally.

Graduate Life Fellows Focused on Building Community

This year’s cohort of seven Graduate Life Fellows (GLFs) is focused on building community among their fellow students.

Through the Center for Graduate Life, the GLFs provide leadership-building opportunities through collaborative efforts with campus partners, including faculty, staff, graduate student organizations and various campus offices.

This fall, along with promoting local campaign efforts designed to give back to UNC Charlotte’s graduate community, the GLFs will spearhead “UNC Charlotte’s Got Your Back,” a major crowdfunding initiative that will provide Charlotte’s most at-risk elementary school children with basic educational resources. The initiative also will provide these children with exposure to real students in higher education who will their stories and offer reasons why they should never give up on their dreams.