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Students in African American Studies program to share experiences

April 29, 2002

Spotlighting some learning opportunities offered through Austin Peay State University's African American Studies Program, several activities are slated for Wednesday, May 1 in the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

According to Dr. Nancy J. Dawson, director of the African American Studies Program, students in the program will share what they've learned throughout the semester, and they invite everyone to attend.

"In each of my classes, students must complete a community-centered project, which is a reflection of what they have learned in class," said Dawson. "After all, African American Studies is a community-centered discipline."

From noon-1:30 p.m., students in "Introduction to African American Studies" (AAST 2220) will host a bridge-building session with students in English Composition (English 1020), taught by Dr. Jill Eichhorn, director of the Women's Studies Program. Students from the two classes will enjoy an African-American-inspired lunch and share information they learned in class.

At 4 p.m. a reception will be held in honor of African American Studies minors. "More than 30 students have become African American studies minors. This demonstrates that students on this campus are interested in African American Studies," said Dawson.

Some of the students who attended the recent National Council of Black Studies Conference in San Diego, Calif., will share their experiences from the trip.

At 7 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center, students in "African American Expressive Culture," (AAST 2250) will host an open-mic session. This session, which is for campus and community poets, is a tribute to Langston Hughes, the famous African American poet. There will be Afrocentric door prizes given away throughout the day.

For more information, telephone Dawson at (931) 221-7106.