What's the Big Idea? Seeking a Deeper Understanding of the Mission of the Urban League

Kent State University President Todd Diacon is at it again!

Episode 3 of his new video series “What’s the Big Idea?” finds him engaging with Elizabeth Smith-Pryor, Ph.D., associate professor of history with Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

She is researching the impact of the mission of the Urban League, both the national and Cleveland chapters, and her work includes materials found at the Kent State University Library.

So hop on board and let’s learn together.


Smith-Pryor specializes in African American history and women’s/gender history. Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard in 1984 and a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School in 1987. After practicing law for six years in New York, she said she recognized that career as overly toxic and returned to academia, earning her Ph.D. in American history from Rutgers University in 2001 and then joined the faculty at Kent State.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 7, 2022 02:00 PM
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