Upcoming Speakers & Events

Africa and African-American Studies Program Lecture Series

Supported by funds from the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholars & Artists Program

The Africa and African-American Studies (AAAS) lecture series is designed to spark conversation and highlight links between Africa and African-American Diaspora with ongoing campus initiatives. Our goal is to promote a synergetic dialogue bring innovators from myriad fields to Rollins to both clarify and amplify how the intersection of race and culture affects our society.  As always, in keeping with the spirit of the Thomas P. Johnson our goal is to bring speakers to campus that will interact with students, provide engaging public lectures, and stimulate interest by sharing their knowledge, skills and insights.


Speakers for Fall 2011

Michael McQuarrie

Dr. Michael McQuarrie

Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of California, Davis

September 13th-16th 2011

Michael McQuarrie is a leading sociologist with research interests focus on Urban Sociology, Political Sociology, Cultural Sociology and Organizations. Dr. McQuarrie’s research centers on understanding the dynamics of solidarity and the emerging conflicts in moments of social change. Most importantly, he is interested in changes to contemporary urban governance that are prompted by state-spatial rescaling and emergent modes of citizen organization. He examines these transformations through the lens of community development organizations and community development policy.  His current research traces the separation of community development and community organizing, the articulation of networked governance arrangements that connect community development to the bureaucratic field and the economic field, the resulting competition over legitimate authority in community development, and the relationship between contemporary community development arrangements and the current foreclosure crisis.

Eula BlissEula Biss

Author, Editor, and Critic

October 12th-14th 2011

Eula Biss is an essayist, cultural critic, and specialist in creative non-fiction writing. Her work has received the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading (Houghton Mifflin 2009), The Best Creative Nonfiction (Norton 2007) and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction (Simon & Schuster 2007) as well as in The Believer, Gulf Coast, Columbia, Ninth Letter, the North American Review, the Iowa Review, the Seneca Review, and Harper's.

Read an excerpt from "No-Man’s-Land," The Believer, February 2008