|Contact:||Dr. Shiame Okunor 277-5644
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915
June 11, 2001
UNM AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES HOSTS UNIQUE SUMMER INSTITUTE
Since its inception in 1989, the University of New Mexico African American
Studies (AAS) Summer Institute has hosted more than a dozen visiting African
"The institute is gaining national attention. It allows students, both
undergraduate and graduate, to be exposed to African American scholars from
across the country," said Shiame Okunor, Ph.D., AAS director. "This
is a wonderful opportunity, especially on a campus where students are seldom
taught by African American professors."
UNM has two visiting professors this summer - Doris Lynch, Ph.D., of Wiley
College, Texas, who is teaching the course "Emancipation and Equality"
and Vicki Crawford of Clark Atlanta University, Georgia, teaching "The
The professors will also meet with members of the administration, faculty and
staff and tour several facilities at UNM.
The institute was established to increase the number of accomplished African
American scholars on campus who can relate unique global and continental experiences
in the classroom. Past visiting professors include T.J. Davis, Ph.D., University
of New York; Linda Haywood, Ph.D, Harvard University; Tiffany Patterson, Ph.D,
Spelman College, and Lisa Brock, Ph.D., School of Art Institute of Chicago.
The group of distinguished scholars is also designed to serve as a national network to help with UNM's recruitment of African American faculty.
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