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Spring 2020 Speakers
Dr. Kay Wright Lewis, PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Howard University
Dr. Kay Wright Lewis completed her PhD in the department of history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2011. Her research focuses on slavery and abolition, African American intellectual history, Atlantic World history, and the history of violence. Lewis’ book, published by the University of Georgia Press, is entitled “A Curse Upon the Nation”: Race, Freedom, and Extermination in America and the Atlantic World. As a graduate student, Lewis held an Andrew W. Mellon Competitive Dissertation Fellowship at Rutgers University. After graduation, she was a Fellow at the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale University in 2011, and Lewis’ dissertation was one of the finalists in the Southern Historical Association’s C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize competition. This year she is the recipient of a Mellon Scholars Short-term Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia. And she received a Three Month Fellowship from the prestigious Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in New York City for her new research project tentatively entitled The Children of Africa Have Been Called. Lewis has presented at many national and international conferences, and has taught at Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Norfolk State University. She has been an Assistant Professor at Howard University in the Department of History since the fall of 2017.
G. Derek Musgrove, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of history, University of Maryland Baltimore County
G. Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics: How the Harassment of Black Elected Officials Shaped Post-Civil Rights America (University of Georgia Press, 2012) which examines black elected officials' allegations of state and news media "harassment" over the course of the post civil rights period. Dr. Musgrove has received the 2003-2004 Anne E. Plato predoctoral fellowship at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the 2007-2008 postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy at Carnegie Mellon University to support his work. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. history from New York University in 2005.
Theodore R. Johnson, Senior Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice
Theodore (Ted) R. Johnson is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. His work explores the role that race plays in electoral politics, issue framing, and disparities in policy outcomes. Previously, he was a national fellow at New America and a research manager at Deloitte. He is also a retired commander in the U.S. Navy following a two-decade career that included service as a White House fellow, military professor at the U.S. Naval War College, and speechwriter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Politico, among other publications. He teaches law and public policy to master’s and doctoral students and is currently working on a book about national solidarity and race relations.
Johnson holds a BS in mathematics from Hampton University, an ALM with a concentration in international relations from Harvard University, and a doctorate of law and policy from Northeastern University.
Fall 2019 Speakers
Lori Ann Terjesen, Ph.D., Director of Education, National Women's History Museum
Lori Ann Terjesen, Ph.D., Director of Education, develops, presents, and oversees programs and projects that interpret the Museum’s mission with special emphasis on the history of American women. Lori Ann is a nonprofit management specialist and museum educator with a 15-year career in museums and cultural institutions. She most recently served as director of strategic planning at Brooksfield Montessori School in McLean, Virginia, where she researched and designed a written curriculum that encompasses the school’s progressive thought leadership centered on mindfulness, organic gardening, and healthful eating. She also served as the director of education at the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, Virginia, where she led a team of education staff to support both the Center’s outreach and onsite educational programming, serving more than 80,000 visitors annually. Lori Ann completed her Ph.D. in art history and museum studies at Case Western Reserve University. She received her MA in museum studies from Seton Hall University, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in nonprofit organization management. She completed her BA in art history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the National Association for Museum Exhibition, a graduate of the Leadership Fairfax Institute class of 2016 and recognized as a “Forty Under 40” honoree by the Leadership Center for Excellence in 2016.
Chike Frankie Edozien, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute; Director, NYU Accra
Chiké Frankie Edozien, Clinical Associate Professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, will become the new Site Director at NYU Accra, starting in January 2020. Since joining NYU’s faculty in 2008, Professor Edozien has directed the Journalism Institute’s Accra-based ‘Reporting Africa’ program, a unique summer intensive and immersion program.
Professor Edozien is a journalist who honed his skills writing about government, health and cultural issues for a variety of publications. He was an award-winning New York Post reporter for 15 years, and its City Hall Reporter from 1999-2008 where he was the lead writer on legislative affairs. He covered crime, courts, labor issues, human services, public health and politics, reporting from around the country and abroad. He is the author of the 2017 book Lives of Great Men, a Lambda Literary Award winner. His “Shea Prince” was shortlisted for the 2018 Gerald Kraak Human Rights Award and his “Forgetting Lamido” was anthologized in Safe House. His work has appeared in The Times (UK), Vibe magazine, Time Magazine, Transitions Magazine, Out Traveler, Blackaids.org, The Advocate, Quartz, New York Times, Jalada and more. In 2001, he co-founded the AFRican Magazine and served as the editor-in-chief. He has traveled around the world reporting on the impact of HIV/AIDS particularly among Africans and is a 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting. He has appeared on MSNBC and other outlets giving context on issues affecting African countries.
Edozien holds a B.A. from NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and was awarded NYU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award in 2017 for excellence in teaching, community building, social justice advocacy and leadership.
Currently located in Labone, NYU Accra (NYUA) is an integral part of the fabric of Accra, ideally situated to foster scholarly collaborations amongst a wide range of local institutions. The curriculum at NYUA focuses on topics and issues relevant to Africa and developing world cities. NYUA is supported by partnerships and affiliations with 19 schools and departments. Deep local engagement is a hallmark of the student experience at NYUA; the site also enjoys a strong multicultural exchange with scholars at University of Ghana. Several NYU faculty members pursue their research in Ghana and lead short-term courses at NYUA. In addition, the site is connected to NYU Africa House, and the NYU Development Research Institute. Professor Edozien will be working with these various partners and building the next chapter of NYUA’s development.
Leslie Hall, Director, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Leslie Hall is the Director of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. At HRC, Leslie works with HBCU Presidents and administrators toward the goal of achieving full LGBTQ equality and inclusion for LGBTQ students. Additionally, Leslie oversees the annual HRCF HBCU “Leading in Truth” Leadership Summit, where LGBTQ HBCU students engage in a week-long leadership development, social and identity development experience. A frequent speaker and panelist, Leslie has been highlighted in Black Enterprise, Blavity, Washington Post, Reuters, among others. Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bowie State University, Master of Social Work degree from Howard University and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from Howard University. Leslie’s research agenda is focused on the pathways to the presidency for LGBTQ HBCU administrators, leadership development for LGBTQ student leaders, and fundraising amongst LGBTQ populations of color. Leslie devotes his professional work and scholarship toward the liberation of Black and Brown LGBTQ people.