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African Cultural-Studies Scholar to Give First Luther P. Jackson Memorial Lecture at U.Va. on Feb. 12

January 29, 1999 -- Ali A. Mazrui, an internationally-known African scholar, will give the first Luther P. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the University of Virginia on Friday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Minor Hall Room 125.

Mazrui, who is the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University at New York - Binghamton, will discuss "Four Ethical Revolutions of the Twentieth Century: African-American and African Experiences." He is also the Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large at the University of Jos in Nigeria and Senior Scholar in African Studies at Cornell.

Mazrui, a Kenyan, is vice president of the Royal African Society in London, an honorary Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and member of the College of Fellows of the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies. Author of more than 20 books, he helped create the PBS series "The African: A Triple Heritage" and consults on issues including constitutional change, educational reform and Islamic culture.

Luther Porter Jackson, one of the foremost black historians in the United States, was born in 1892 in Lexington, Ky. The author of five books on blacks in Virginia, Jackson was chairman of the history department at Virginia State University from 1922 until his death in 1950.

The Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center at U.Va. houses special programs and other activities sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is a part of U.Va.'s African American History month activities.

Contact: Office of African-American Affairs, (804) 924-7923.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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