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Laurels: April 2017

Published: April 3, 2017

Keith Claybrook Jr., Africana Studies, attended the 47th Annual African Heritage Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3-5 and presented a paper titled “David Horne: A Living Example of a Scholar-Activist.” On March 4, Claybrook presented a paper in Los Angeles at the Reparations United Front (RUF) National Reparations Demand day titled “RUF and Other Reparations Organizations.” On March 8-12, Claybrook attended the National Council of Black Studies 41st Annual National Conference in Houston where he presented a paper titled “Student Engagement, High Impact Practices and Advancing Africana/Black Studies with Mentorship and Guidance.” In addition, Claybrook chaired an undergraduate student panel where CSULB Africana Studies majors and minors Raycinta Baker, Danny Crumble and Malaysia Cooper presented their research under the advisement and mentorship of Claybrook, and Africana Studies’ faculty member Natalie Sartin.

Lesley Farmer, Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling, gave a presentation at the National Computer-Using Educators Conference on teacher librarians’ role in getting youth college-career ready. Farmer serves as CSULB’s librarian program coordinator.

Martin Fiebert, Psychology, recently saw the publication of a new article with co-authors Chris Warren, N. Castaneda, M. Pham, J. McGivern and M. Caudillo. The article was titled “Yearly Changes in Postings as a Function of Gender and Type of Picture” and published in the International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities, 12 (2), 29-32.

Maulana Karenga, Africana Studies, gave a series of pre-Kwanzaa lectures to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pan-African global holiday Kwanzaa under the selected annual theme of “Kwanzaa, the Nguzo Saba and Our Constant Striving: Repairing, Renewing and Remaking Our

World.” He spoke at Savannah State University, Nov. 17; the Toledo Kwanzaa House (via skype), Dec. 2; and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, Dec. 10. In addition, he gave a one-on-one interview on “Critical Issues Confronting the African World and the U.S. in Changed and Changing Circumstances,” the Imhotep Gary Byrd show; and “The Global Black Experience,” WBAI Radio 99.5, New York City. He delivered a lecture titled “Multicultural Unity, Education and Struggle: Some Essential Principles and Practices” to the Latino Education and Advocacy Days Conference, “Summit VII on Black, Brown and Indigenous Unity,” at UC San Bernardino on March 20. Karenga gave a lecture via skype at the 30th Annual Cheikh Anta Diop Conference on “Diop, Serudj-Ta and Remaking the World: Exploring the Option of Maatian Ethics” to the Department of Africana Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia on Oct. 21. Finally, Karenga gave a keynote plenary address at the State of the Black World Conference IV, on “It’s Nation Time Again: Reaffirmation, Reparations and Resistance” held at the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, Newark, NJ, on Nov. 19. He conducted a seminar on “Kwanza, Culture and the Nguzo Saba: A Half Century of Sankofa and Righteous and Relentless Resistance” at the 39th Annual National Kawaida Seminar in Social Theory and Practice held at the Kawaida Institute of Pan-African Studies in Los Angeles on July 24-30.

Natalie Sartin, Africana Studies, presented a paper titled “Lifting as We Climb: The Relevance of the Critical Methods of the Late 19th Century African-American Woman Educator-Activist to the Educator Today” and a workshop around this paper at the Umoja XII Conference titled “Starting with Your Why: A Foundation for Student Success“ in Los Angeles on Nov. 4.