The Annual Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture

September 20, 2017 - 5:30 PM
Location: 
McKnight Hall
The co-chairs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Mr. Charles Dee O'Dell, will serve as speakers and guests of honor at the 2017 edition of the Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Lecture. This year's lecture, scheduled for September 20 (5:30-7:30pm), is titled A Roadmap of Opportunity for Charlotte and will take place in McKnight auditorium, Cone University Center. Special recognition and reception will immediately follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to 704-687-5161 or africana_studies@uncc.edu.
 
The Africana Studies Department inaugurated The Annual Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana 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. The lecture is an annual intellectual and social forum to engage with and connect to the Charlotte region’s diverse populations on issues of broad relevance.
 
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.

2009 Speaker: Mr. James Ferguson III, President of Ferguson, Chambers & Sumter, The Future of Charlotte as a Global City: The Black Dimensions.

2010 Speaker: Dr. Ronald L. Carter, President of Johnson C. Smith University, Avoiding the Perfect Storm: A Vision of Excellence in the Emerging New Majority.

2011 Speaker: Honorable Terry Bellamy, Mayor of the City of Ashville (NC), Youth Empowerment: Structure for Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce

2012 Speaker: Dr. J. Lorand Matory, The Lawrence Richardson Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Global Migrations and the Crisis of Identity in Black America.

2013 Speaker: Dr. Charles V. Willie, The Charles W. Elliot Professor of Education Emeritus at Harvard University, African American Families in the Twenty-first Century.

2014 Speaker: Dr. Yele Aluko, Senior Vice President at Novant Health, and Medical Director of the Novant Health and Heart Vascular Institute, North Carolina’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion: Politicizing the Health of Our Society

2015 Speaker: Dr. Paul Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor of the United States International University Africa (Kenya), Africa Rising: The Role of Higher Education and the Diaspora.

2016 Speaker: Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Professor of History, College of Charleston, On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Racial Violence and the Quest for Home in America.

Contact: 
oshands@uncc.edu