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Students travel to San Diego to attend National Council for Black Studies Conference

February 25, 2002

Twelve Austin Peay students, most of whom are African American Studies minors, will spend March 6-10 in San Diego, attending the National Council for Black Studies Conference (NCBS).

They will be accompanied by Dr. Jacqueline Wade, director of the W.N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, and Dr. Nancy Dawson, coordinator of APSU's African American Studies.

Now a member of the board of directors, Wade served as executive director of NCBS for five years before coming to APSU. At the conference, Wade will present a session titled “Africana Womanism: Curriculum Development and Scholarship.”

NCBS is the major academic/professional organization for the discipline of Black Studies, which encompasses African American Studies. According to Wade, NCBS is an international body of Black Studies scholars, academicians, college undergraduate and graduate students, community leaders and social activists.

According to Wade, this year's trip is particularly exciting because most APSU students who will be attending the conference are African American studies minors.

“They will have the opportunity to interact with a lot of the scholars they have been learning about in their coursework,” Wade said. “It is rare for students to meet and talk with the author of a textbook they are using in a class.

“But these students will have such an opportunity because they have taken at least one course in which the textbook or a related book or journal article was written by someone at the conference.”

Travel and conference expenses for the 12 students, as well as for Wade and Dawson, are being paid through student fees and institutional funds.