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Annual Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Lecture

October 8, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The Africana Studies Department at UNC Charlotte inaugurated the annual "Maxwell-Roddey Lecture" in 2008 to honor Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey's pioneering contributions to the development of Africana Studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Maxwell-Roddey was the first chair of the then African-American and African Studies Department which began at UNC Charlotte in 1960.

The annual Maxwell-Roddey Lecture fulfills the vision of the UNC Tomorrow on University Outreach and Engagement. The lecture is envisioned as an annual intellectual and social forum to engage with and connect to the Charlotte region’s diverse populations by facilitating the communication and translation of research, scholarship, and original ideas on the African Diaspora to a broad audience.

In 2009 Mr. James Ferguson III, served as the inaugural speaker. Mr. Ferguson is a partner in the law firm Ferguson-Stein.

In 2010 Dr. Ronald L. Carter, President of Johnson C. Smith University addressed emerging paradigms on the transformative roles of education in community, regional and national development in a lecture titled Avoiding the Perfect Storm: A Vision of Excellence in the Emerging New Majority.

The 2011 guest lecturer for the Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Lecture was the Honorable Terry Bellamy who combined topics on youth empowerment to deliver the keynote address.

 The 2012 guest lecturer was J. Lorand Matory, Professor, Duke University. Dr. Matory's topic as Global Migrations and the Crisis of Identity in Black America

The 2014 guest lecturer was Dr. Yele Aluko, Senior Vice President at Novant Health, and Medical Director of the Novant Health and Heart Vascular Institute, Charlotte NC

The 2015 topic is “Africa Rising: The Role of Higher Education and the Diaspora” to be delivered by Dr. Paul Zeleza on October 8.