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National Leader of Black Studies William Cross to Give Lecture at Portland State
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-3773)
Posted: April 10, 2006

Cross_Willaim.jpgWhat: Through a partnership between Portland State, Oregon State and the community, William Cross, Jr., one of America's leading theorist and researchers on black identity development across the life span, will lecture at both the Portland State and Oregon State campuses, in an efforts to better understand identity development as a tool for the promotion of diversity on the campuses and in the community.

Cross will also give a book reading from Shades of Black, Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 7 p.m., at Reflections Coffee and Books (446 NE Killingsworth, Portland, Ore.).

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2006, 7–9 p.m. at Portland State.
Thursday, April 20, 2006, 7–9 p.m. at Oregon State.

Where: Portland State Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, rm. 355 (1825 SW Broadway).
Oregon State LaSells Steward Center, Austin Auditorium (26th & Western, Corvallis, Ore.).

Cost: Admission is free and open to the public.

Contact: For more information, contact Angela Canton, Portland State University, at 503-725-3472; or Machelle Kennedy, Oregon State University, 541-737-1562.

Background: William Cross, Jr., is a nationally recognized leader of Black Studies. His text, Shades of Black, is considered required reading for students and scholars interested in the study in African American identity. Cross has held positions in Psychology and Africana Studies at Cornell University, Penn State University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Currently he is professor and head of the Doctoral Program in Social-Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center for the City University of NY.

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