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“The New School Initiative: Opportunities and Challenges”
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:00pm to Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 1:30pm

The Black Bag Speaker Series is featuring a panel on The New School initiative that potentially locates Women's, Native American, Chicano/Latino and Black Studies within one school. The New School will bring together dynamic interdisciplinary studies with intellectual integrity and prospects for historically underserved populations. The current faculty are enthusiastic about this opportunity in regards to their teaching, research, and collaborative service. The New School will strongly support the system-wide Diversity Policy adopted by The Oregon State Board of Higher Education.  The New School will enhance the intellectual and collaborative opportunities for interdisciplinary research and social action through the establishment of a M.A. program and a research center.  We hope at this presentation/meeting to have an engaging discussion with the PSU community concerning the possibilities and challenges of this initiative.

When:  Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Where:  Smith Memorial Student Union Multicultural Center, room 228
Time:  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Our panel includes the department chairs/directors of each academic unit: Sally McWilliams, Kofi Agorsah, Cornell Pewewardy, Roberto De Anda.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Center, Black Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Native American Studies, Women's Studies and The Dean's office of CLAS.

PSU Contact:  Ethan Johnson, PSU Black Studies Dept.
503-725-5713 or

In an effort to develop a forum for people and organizations doing work that addresses issues related to the community of Black people in Portland, the Black bag Speaker Series began in October of 2006.  We have featured many key people and organizations speaking on important issues in Portland including but not limited to Oregon Senator Avel Gordly, Joann Bowman from Oregon Action, Doctor Joy Leary from Portland State University.  Our series has focused on the following issues:  slavery, police violence, segregation and gentrification, education, the Black Panthers, AIDS and health in Portland, Oregon to name a few.  Lunch is provided at this event.