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Rachael Murphey-Brown
Rachael Murphey-Brown

UTSA to host election eve black politics forum

By Cindy Brockwell
Special Projects Writer

(Oct. 30, 2008)--UTSA will host a political forum on the history of black politics in America from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Denman Room, at the 1604 Campus. The forum is free and open to the public.

Two experts on U.S. politics, African-Americans, and presidential elections will discuss "Where We Went from There: Reflections on U.S. Black Politics, 1968-2008." The guest lecturers are Patrick Lynn Rivers, associate professor of visual and critical studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Rachael Murphey-Brown, postdoctoral fellow in African and African-American studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

"Students and the public have an opportunity to gain additional perspective on this historic presidential election," said event organizer Joycelyn Moody, holder of the UTSA Sue E. Denman Endowed Chair in American Literature. "Our guest lecturers will illuminate the implications of this year's presidential race, regardless of the election outcome."

"Although a good number of blacks have pursued the presidency since the nation's early years, it has taken more than 200 years for an African-American to become the presidential nominee of a major political party -- to say nothing of the significant inroads laid for U.S. women laid in 2008," said Moody.

Patrick Lynn Rivers' research and teaching are at the intersection of culture and politics. He is the author of "Governing Hate and Race in the United States and South Africa," as well as numerous articles on media studies appearing in publications such as Critical Studies in Media Communication and The Journal of Film and Video.

Rachael Murphey-Brown, Ph.D., focuses her research on racial identity and academic culture. She has taught a broad range of political science and African-American sStudies courses, many of which advance her research on racial identity practices among faculty and students in U.S. universities.

The event is sponsored by the UTSA Honors College, Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, and the Department of Political Science and Geography.

For more information call (210) 458-6857.

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