Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies Presents the Crosby-Smith Lecture Series

Scholar and activist Ron Daniels, Ph.D., will speak on the “The Vision of Dr. Edward Crosby: Reflecting on the Mission of Black Studies” on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Ritchie Hall, Room 214. A reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.  

This lecture series was created to recognize the commitment and vision of Edward Crosby and Wiley-Smith, the first administrators of Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies. Both were instrumental in the creation of the department, along with Kent State’s Black United Students. The lecture series honors their work and also recognizes that the future of the discipline of Pan-African Studies, also known as Black Studies, lies with a younger generation of scholars who bring new perspectives to the interdisciplinary field.  

Daniels has been a leading figure in some of the most significant social and political movements over the last five decades. Daniels has taught, lectured and led workshops on history, political science and Pan-African studies/Black studies at hundreds of colleges and universities, community-based groups, civil rights organizations/human rights, women, youth and labor organizations. He is a frequent guest on national and local media outlets, a prolific essayist and commentator. He is also president of the Institute of the Black World, created to promote research, relevant publications, leadership training and development, community organizing/skill development training and communications/information-sharing and networking. Daniels envisions the Institute of the Black World emerging as a critical engine for empowerment of people of African descent and the oppressed in the 21st century, and is devoting most of his energy to achieving that goal in what he describes as the “autumn” of his advocacy as a scholar and activist.

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