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Lecture-Concert Series presents Dr.
Bettye Collier-Thomas in ASU's annual Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield
Oct. 29, 2008 --
Collier-Thomas, scholar and civil rights authority, is the featured
lecturer in the fifth event of Arkansas State University’s
Lecture-Concert Series, ASU's annual Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield
Lecture. She will present “The Nexus: Women, Religion, Race, and Civil
Rights” on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the ASU Student Union
Auditorium, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. This event, like all events
in the Lecture-Concert Series, is free and open to the public.
Dr. Collier-Thomas is a professor of history and director of the Temple
University Center for African American History and Culture. This year,
Dr. Collier-Thomas is also a residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.,
where the subject of her research is African American women and
As the founding executive director of the Bethune
Museum-Archives, she developed the nation's first museum and archives
for black women's history, situated in the Mary McLeod Bethune Council
House National Historic Site, in Washington, D.C. As special consultant
to the National Endowment for the Humanities, she developed the agency's
first program of technical assistance to black museums and historical
Dr. Collier-Thomas is a nationally known scholar, whose current
publications include “Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women
in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement;” “My Soul Is a Witness: A
Chronology of the Civil Rights Era 1954-1965;” “Daughters of Thunder:
Black Women Preachers and Their Sermons, 1850-1979;” and “A Treasury of
African American Christmas Stories.” She is currently directing research
and preparing to write the first comprehensive history of African
American women and the church from 1780-1970. This monumental project is
being funded by the Lilly Endowment. Dr. Collier-Thomas has served on
the faculties of Howard University, the Washington Technical Institute
(University of the District of Columbia), and the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County.
The presentation is funded by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss of Teaneck,
New Jersey, in memory of Dr. Rosalee Weiss's mother, Corinne Sternheimer
Greenfield, through an endowment supporting an annual lecture in the ASU
College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
more details, contact Dr. Carol O’Connor, associate dean of the College
of Humanities and Social Sciences, at (870) 972-3973, via e-mail at
for a complete listing of the 2008-09 Lecture-Concert Series programs
and a printable flyer.
The Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to
enrich the cultural life of the campus, community, and region.