Dr. Ricky L. Jones to speak at the Carter G. Woodson Memorial

In this place, at this time: The Mission of Education in 21st Century America

Ricky L. Jones

The Carter G. Woodson Memorial Convocation will feature Dr. Ricky L. Jones on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 3 p.m., in Phelps Stokes Chapel. Jones will discuss the mission of education in the 21st century, exploring how education can be used to reinforce or resist social and political marginalization in post-modern America.

Jones is a graduate from the University of Kentucky and the second African American to earn his Ph. D. in political science, specializing in political philosophy and comparative politics. Currently the chair of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville, Jones hosts the award-winning “Ricky Jones Show” on 93.1 FM in Louisville. Jones also is the author of two editions of Black Haze: Violence, Sacrifice and Manhood in Black Greek-Letter Fraternities and What’s Wrong with Obamamania?: Black America, Black Leadership and the Death of Political Imagination.

Jones is a prominent scholar whose work focuses primarily on American race, politics, leadership and male identity. He is a contributing columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal as well as the Louisville Eccentric Observer.

Convocation events, which are provided free to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. Visit www.berea.edu/convocations/ for the schedule of all convocations this academic year.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.