Dr. Charles Payne to give African-American History Talk, Feb. 25

“Contemporary African-American History: From 1963 to Today”
Monday, February 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Ferris Lounge.

Dr. Payne’s presentation and visit are part of Knox College’s ongoing CommUNITY inclusivity initiative. There will be an opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Payne at the ABLE Center from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Payne’s presentation will explore the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on current American society. Dr. Payne is the Frank P. Hixon Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His interests include urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history.

He is currently finishing a book with the working title of “When I Discover Who I Am….”: Reframing the Conversation About Black and Latino Youth (forthcoming, 2013, Beacon Press), which argues that the current national debate about education has become narrowly academic in a way that underestimates the sense of disconnection that many minority youth feel from the larger society and its institutions and the importance of helping those youth develop the capacity to think critically about their social identities.

Dr. Payne has taught at Southern University, Williams College, Northwestern University, and Duke University. He has won several teaching awards; at Northwestern, he held the Charles Deering McCormick Chair for Teaching Excellence and at Duke, the Sally Dalton Robinson Chair for excellence in teaching and research. In 2010-11, he served as the acting executive director of the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, an effort to dramatically improve youth outcomes in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. He also served briefly as Interim Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools.

Payne holds a bachelor’s degree in Afro-American studies from Syracuse University and a doctorate in sociology from Northwestern.

This event is supported by the Center for Intercultural Life, Center for Teaching and Learning, TRIO, the Office of Student Development, ABLE student organization, and the ABLE Center.