December 2, 2020 at 10:20 am

First Annual Ted Rose Lecture Series Kicks off in Spring

The African American Studies Department presents the First Annual Ted Rose Lecture Series, featuring two lectures in Spring 2021, one focusing on college sports and social justice, the other on addressing woke neoliberalism.

These lectures are free and open to the public, and interested faculty are encouraged to add them to their syllabi.

The annual lecture series is an opportunity to introduce and recognize nationally and internationally recognized scholars in or closely affiliated with the discipline of African American Studies. These lectures provide the Ohio University community with speakers who have contributed to the close examination and understanding of African and African American life, history and culture.

Dr. Vattel “Ted” Rose was an Associate Professor with the Department of African America Studies at Oho University from 1978 to the early 2000s. As chair of the department he helped to build a legacy of excellence that resonates until today.

“During is tenure at Ohio University, Rose led the department for almost two  decades and ensured its continuation long after his retirement. Consequently, we inaugurate an annual lecture series in his honor,” says Dr. Bayyinah Jeffries, Associate Professor and Chair of African American Studies.

The lecture series is cosponsored by the History Department, the Political Science Department, the National Association of Colored People (NAACP), and the Black Student Organization Coalition and Multicultural Center (MCC).

Spring 2021 Events 

Both events will be virtual via Teams or Zoom.

Derrick E. White, portrait

Dr. Derrick E. White (Photographer: Eli S. Burakian)

“College Sports, Social Justice, & Historical Memory”

Thursday, Feb. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Derrick E. White is a Professor of History and African American and Africana Studies at the University of Kentucky. White earned his Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. He was a visiting associate professor of History at Dartmouth College and been awarded fellowships and grants from the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of Florida, the University of Kansas, and the University of North Carolina.

He is the author of Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) and The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s (University Press of Florida, 2011; paperback 2012)He also co-edited Winning While Losing: Civil Rights, the Conserva-tive Movement, and the Presidency from Nixon to Obama (University Press of Florida, 2014) with Kenneth Osgood.

Touré F. Reed, portrait

Dr. Touré F. Reed

“The Pitfalls of Woke Neoliberalism:  The Conservative Implications of Liberal Race Reductionism”

Thursday, March 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Touré F. Reed is a Professor of 20th Century U.S. and Afro-American History at Illinois State University. He earned his B.A. in American Studies from Hampshire College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University. Professor Reed has published in Catalyst, the Journal of American Ethnic History, LABOR,, Black Agenda Report, Commondreams, Jacobin, The Nation, and The New Republic.  He is the author of Not Alms But Opportunity:  The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950 (UNC Press) and Toward Freedom: The Case Against Race Reductionism (Verso Books).

Black Student Organization Coalition logo

Black Student Organization Coalition logo


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