Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. will deliver the Spring 2010 Albert Gallatin Lecture, “Genealogy, Genetics, and African American History,” on Tues., March 2, 6 p.m. at New York University’s Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
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The lecture, presented by NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required by emailing to: email@example.com. For more information, call 212.998.7380. Reporters wishing to attend the event must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, is editor-in-chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center, the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field of African American Studies and Africana Studies, and of the Root, an online news magazine dedicated to coverage of African American news, culture, and genealogy. His published works include: In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past (2009); Finding Oprah’s Roots, Finding Your Own (Crown, 2007); America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans (2004); African American Lives, co-edited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (2004); and The Annotated Uncle Tom’s Cabin, edited with Hollis Robbins (2006). Gates has received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” (1981), the George Polk Award for Social Commentary (1993), and a National Humanities Medal (1998). In 1997, he was named one of Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Americans.”
The Albert Gallatin Lectures bring a series of notable figures from the worlds of politics, the arts, business, and academia to New York University to discuss contemporary issues with students, faculty, and members of the wider community. Presented by the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Albert Gallatin Lectures reflect the School’s academic philosophy, which is firmly rooted in the idea that knowledge and understanding grow through conversation and collaboration.