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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.
Students Recognized at Data Analytics Competition
A team of four UNC Charlotte students was recognized with the People’s Choice Award in the 2016 Teradata University Network (TUN) Data Challenge, an international data analytics competition.
Laxmi Narayana Atluri, Sri Harsha Degala, Vrushali Sawant and Freddy Cabrera, all graduate students in data science and business analytics, demonstrated their findings at the 2016 Teradata PARTNERS Conference and Expo, and won the support of 3,500 of the world’s most advanced data and analytics experts and business leaders.
Student advisor and Belk College of Business Associate Professor of Management Information Systems Kexin Zhao said UNC Charlotte’s recognition is proof of the University’s success in preparing students to meet the demand for "big data" experts. "The outstanding performance of our students indicates UNC Charlotte's commitment and ability to produce the world's best analytics professionals," Zhao said.