Guest lecture: Exploring early college options for blacks - April 3

  • Friday, March 30, 2012

    Dr. Russell IrvinePRINCESS ANNE, MD - (March 30, 2012) - Dr. Russell Irvine, author of "The African American Quest for Institutions of Higher Education Before the Civil War," will deliver a guest lecture and sign books on April 3 at UMES.

    The event-a precursor to national Library Week-takes place in the Frederick Douglass Library auditorium at the university at 7 p.m. 

    Irvine, a UMES alumnus, is a retired associate professor of educational policy from Georgia State University in Atlanta.  He earned a doctorate in the sociology of education from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.  His work focuses on Ashmun Institute in Chester County, Pa. (Lincoln University), Liberia College in West Africa (University of Liberia) and Avery College, which was located in Pennsylvania.

    "The journey to research and complete the book took him 14 years and around the globe," said Jennifer Neumyer, special collections and outreach librarian at UMES.  The book, Neumyer said, offers an in depth study into efforts of higher education for African-Americans at a time when it was improbable. His works look not only at the institutions, but the histories of those who were educated there.

    The Frederick Douglass Library observes National Library Week, April 8-14. 

    Rhett Burden, author of "Brother Please:  A Guidebook to Life & Leadership" will be on hand April 10 for a lecture and book signing at 11 a.m.  Both events are free and open to the public. 

    Call 410-651-7696 for more information.