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Laurels: February 2014

Published: February 17, 2014

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, recently saw her chapter titled “Incorporating Information Literacy into Instructional Design Within Pre-service teacher Programs” published in J. Keengwe, G. Onchwari and D. Hucks (Eds.) Literacy Enrichment and Technology Integration in Pre-service Teacher Education (pp. 57-74). Hershey, PA: ICI Global.

Steve Fleck, Romance/German/Russian Languages and Literatures, hosted the 32nd annual conference of the Society for Interdisciplinary Seventeenth-Century French Studies at both UCLA’s William Andrews Clark Library and CSULB, Nov. 8-10, with 70 participants from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, presented a paper “Social Justice in Ancient Egypt: Ancient Philosophical Foundations for Current Claims” and gave the keynote address “Africana Studies and the Project of Serudj: Reaffirmation and Renewal of the Discipline,” Annual National Council for Black Studies, March 16. In addition, he served as a panelist discussing the award winning film “The House I Live In” in the critical search for “an agenda to create just and humane alternatives to the war on drugs”, Institute of the Black World 21st Century and the Black Community, Clergy and Labor Alliance, Los Angeles, March 20. He also conducted the annual seminar in Kawaida Social Theory and Practice, Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies, July 21-27, Los Angeles. Moreover, he received The Torch Award for Lifetime Achievement, the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, Washington, D.C., March 14.

Ron Loewe, Anthropology, recently saw the publication of his article “Civil Rights Tourism in Mississippi: Openings, Closures, Redemption and Remuneration” in the electronic journal Sociology Mind. The article highlights the diverse political, economic and psychological motives underlying civil rights tourism and the formation of the Philadelphia Coalition which came together to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murders of civil rights workers in Neshoba County, Miss. In specific, this paper argues that civil rights tourism rests on four convergent trends: 1) the interest of the business community in re-imaging Mississippi, 2) the formation of a fragile alliance between white conservatives and moderate African-American leaders, 3) the search for redemption among white Christians, and 4) a growing concern over who will write Mississippi’s recent history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of freedom summer. When, in 1964 hundreds of people went south to register voters in Mississippi, Alabama and other states.