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Jan. 6, 2016

Civil Rights lecture series to feature Edwin Black, Cornel West and Ernest Green

For the past 15 years, the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has brought a number of thought-provoking speakers to East Lansing each February as part of its William G. Anderson Lecture Series Slavery to Freedom: An American Odyssey.

For the 16th annual event this year, the college will again host three notable individuals: Edwin Black, Cornel West and Ernest Green.

  • The free series will kick off on Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. as Black takes the stage at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center’s Big Ten Room. As an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, his work explores issues related to such topics as human rights, genocide and hate, corporate corruption and historical investigation.
  • At 5 p.m. Feb. 18, philosopher, social commentator and academic Cornel West, will share his story in the Kellogg Center Big Ten Room. The author of more than 20 books, he’s best known for Race Matters and Democracy Matters. West’s work examines the crossroads of race, gender and class in American society.
  • The series will conclude at 5 p.m. on Feb. 25 with a talk by MSU alumnus Ernest Green. He’ll take the stage in the Kellogg Center’s auditorium to share his experience as one of the Little Rock Nine, when he and eight classmates were the first to integrate Little Rock Arkansas’s Central High School in 1954.

There is no registration required. For more information, visit the College of Osteopathic Medicine's website or call the Office of External Programs at 517-432-4979.

By: Laura Probyn