Nationally-Recognized Historian Merrill Keynotes Closing Symposium for Lincoln’s Global Heritage & Legacy Grant

THE LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The closing symposium for the two year NEH “The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania’s Global Heritage and legacy” grant will be held this Thursday, March 6 and Friday, March 7 in the International Cultural Center.

The grant has been administered by faculty Co-Directors, Dr. Chieke Ihejirika, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Marilyn D. Button, Professor of English.

Ten faculty have participated in this two year grant, partnered with prominent researchers in their fields, to produce articles, syllabi, and other materials that are designed to promote the study of the humanities on the undergraduate level, particularly in the area of African American literature, history, and related fields.  Their work will be featured in this closing symposium.

The keynote speaker for this event is Dr. Philip J. Merrill, author, researcher, and nationally-recognized historian of African American culture.  His presentation, at 4:45 p.m.  on Thursday, follows a presentation by the newly-reconstituted Men’s Glee Club under the direction of Dr. Edryn J. Coleman, The Lincoln University’s Choir Director and Visiting Lecturer, who was one of the grant participants.

The event is free and open-to-the-public.

 Founded in 1854, The Lincoln University (PA) is the FIRST of four Lincoln Universities in the world and is the nation’s FIRST degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  The University combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society.  Today, Lincoln, which enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women, possesses an international reputation for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the FIRST African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the FIRST African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the FIRST President of Ghana, Nnamdi Azikiwe, the FIRST President of Nigeria and a myriad of others. 


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