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Commentator on racial issues in residence at Dartmouth

Posted 06/18/98

Writer, commentator, academic and political activist Manning Marable will be on the Dartmouth campus for the summer term as a Montgomery Fellow.

Marable will deliver a speech titled "What Black America Thinks: Race, Politics and Power in America" on Thursday, July 9 at 4 p.m. in 3 Rockefeller Hall. The speech is free and open to the public. He also will teach a course in the history department titled "Black Political Thought in the Twentieth Century."

Marable is a professor of history at Columbia University, where he is director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies and edits the institute's journal, Race and Reason. He has been at Columbia since 1993.

Dubbed "the [W.E.B. ] Du Bois of his generation" by a reviewer of one of his recent books, Marable is one of the nation's most prominent thinkers and writers on issues of race and ethnicity and the African-American experience. He has written more than 100 articles for scholarly publications and many times that number for the popular press.

Marable's public affairs commentary series, "Along the Color Line," is featured in more than 300 newspapers and is broadcast by 80 radio stations. He has published 12 books, including Beyond Black and White (Verso, 1995), Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Resistance, and Radicalism (Westview Press, 1996), Black Liberation in Conservative America (South End Press, 1997) and Black Leadership (Columbia University Press, 1998). Among his current projects is a political biography of Malcolm X.

Marable lectures and guest-teaches frequently, and also is a regular discussant on local, national and international television and radio programs. He is a public policy advisor to members of the Congressional Black Caucus; a national co-chair of the left-wing political organization, Committees of Correspondence; and a member of the national advisory board of Citizens for Proportional Representation.

Before coming to Columbia, Marable was the founding director of Colgate University's Africana and Hispanic Studies Program, chaired the Department of Black Studies at Ohio State University and was co-chair of the Critical Studies of the Americas Program at the University of Colorado. He is a member of editorial boards of several academic journals.

Initiated and funded by the late Kenneth F. Montgomery and his wife, Harle, the Montgomery Endowment brings outstanding figures in the academic as well as the non-academic world to Dartmouth where they can interact with students. Montgomery fellows spend between a few days and a few months in Hanover, while they deliver lectures, teach classes and often continue their own research.

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