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Sankofa Lecturer to address “Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History”

February 29, 2012

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women, will address the title of her recent book "Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History" for the Sankofa Lecture Series at Longwood University on Tuesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. in Orr Auditorium located in the Hull Education Center. Following the lecture, Malveaux will sign copies of her book, which will be for sale by Barnes & Noble.

As the 15th president of Bennett College for Women, Malveaux has been the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America's oldest historically black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration has identified four key focus areas: women's leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness. In the three short years of her presidency, Bennett College has successfully received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, markedly improved existing facilities, and embarked on a $21 million capital improvements program - which marks the first major campus construction in more than 25 years.

Malveaux is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st century America. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appeared for more than a decade (1990-2003) in newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Examiner. She has hosted television and radio programs, and appeared widely as a commentator on networks, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others. A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Sankofa Lecture Series was established at Longwood University in 2005, by Dr. Deneese Jones, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, as a forum to discuss diverse ideas in the education field.