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Book & Journal Talk: Black Harvard, Black Yale, & Managerial Leadership, with Robin Walker and Guests

Join us for an evening of conversation on diversity and leadership by exploring two interesting book and journal publications -- the future eye of Robin Walker's doctoral work.

Edited by Jesse Algeron Rhines, Black Harvard, Black Yale: The Testament to America's Greatest Hopes for Progress in Race and Education (CreateSpace, 2011) is a collection of nineteen short, autobiographical memoirs from students who attended Harvard and Yale between 1890 and 1993. Represented are a wide range of individuals -- W.E.B. Du Bois, William Pickens, Muriel Sutherland Snowden, Robert J. Randall, Charles Payne, John Woodford, Yolanda Joe, Ernest L. Wilson, Ronald Machett, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Charles Martin, Monique Burns, Robin Walker, David Thomas, Farah Griffin, Denise Byrd, Susan Marie Jenkins, and Erica S. Turnipseed. Their writing provides "a foundational look at life through the height of the Ivy League from its most skeptical admits." Described as "a collection with extraordinary historical resonances,"” and "an invaluable lived history," BHBY draws attention to slavery, poverty, and negative stereotyping, among other critical themes through the mixed voices of black students attending the Ivy League.

Robin Walker, current Program Coordinator for the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University, will share her contribution to the book, My Yale Experience. Robin received her B.A. in English and her M.A.R. at Yale University. From 2005 to 2007, she served as program assistant of the Yale Visiting Fellows Program and as a researcher at the Yale Child Study Center where she conducted media literacy studies with students and parents. Walker was also named an Edward Zigler Fellow at the Yale University – Bush Center for Child Development and Social Policy from 2005 to 2007. An interdisciplinary doctoral student in Technology, Organization, and Leadership at Teachers College, she was selected as an Arthur Zankel Urban Research Fellow in 2009. Robin has served as a marketing and educational consultant and began her career as a newspaper and radio reporter.

We will connect via skype to BHBY editor Jesse Rhines, author of Black Film, White Money (Rutgers University Press, 1996)named an Outstanding Book on the subject of human rights in North America by The Gustavas Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Jesse is Assistant Professor in the African American and African Studies Department at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. He graduated from Washington DC's Coolidge High School, then attended Yale's Summer High School and Transitional Year Program. He received his BA in Political Communications from Antioch University, Masters in African American Studies from Yale University, Masters in Political Science from UCLA, a certificate in Film Production from NYU, and a Ph.D in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

The second part of this event is a panel discussion of the recent journal article by Robin Walker, Darrell Burrell, and others, "An Applied Research Case Study Analysis of Managerial Leadership’s Ability to Positively Influence Tolerance of Religious and International Cultural Diversity in the United States Business Workplace Environment," in The Jon Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership (volume 5, issue 1, pp. 91-111). Conversation will enhance themes of tolerance and diversity as presented in the book talk.

Darrell Norman Burrell is a faculty member at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and Virginia International University in Fairfax, VA. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Averett University, Strayer University, and in the on-line MBA is Sustainability at Marylhurst University. He is a doctoral student at A.T. Still University. He is a Presidential Management Fellow with over 18 years of management experience. He has an EdS (Post Master’s Terminal Degree) in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University. He has graduate degrees in Human Resources Management and Organizational Management from National Louis University, and a graduate degree in Sales and Marketing Management from Prescott College.

Persons wishing to attend may rsvp by Monday, November 15th.
Where: 306 Russell
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