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Texas Tech Welcomes Eddie Glaude Jr. for African American Lecture Series

Amanda Castro-Crist

February 23, 2021

Eddie Glaude

Glaude, a New York Times bestselling author and chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies, will lead a virtual lecture and Q&A session Thursday (Feb. 25).

Texas Tech University's Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) welcomes New York Times bestselling author, political commentator and educator Eddie Glaude Jr. for the 2021 Black History Month African American Lecture Series. "An Evening with Eddie Glaude" will be presented virtually via Zoom webinar at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 25) and will include a Q&A session with the author.

"We are humbled to have this esteemed American scholar, whose body of work resonates so profoundly with our Texas Tech commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, present our 2021 lecture," said Carol A. Sumner, chief diversity officer and DDEI vice president. "The African American Lecture provides a time to explore the Black/African American experience at various intersections, to acknowledge and celebrate the resilience of the Black community, and to expand our understanding of the complexity of what it means to be Black/African American. Dr. Glaude's work reinforces the critical importance of the scholarship of Black/African American studies and calls each of us to move beyond examination to engagement. Let us begin that process through this conversation, as it will be fundamental to taking on challenges ahead as a Red Raider community."

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register for the lecture webinar, click here.

Glaude is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He also serves as a columnist for Time magazine and an MSNBC contributor on programs like "Morning Joe" and "Deadline White House with Nicolle Wallace." Glaude regularly appears on "Meet the Press" and also hosts Princeton's African American Studies podcast, a conversation around the field of African American Studies and the Black experience in the 21st century.

"Heritage is for current and future generations," said Hyojung Cho, an associate professor in heritage management and museum sciences and African American Lecture Series planning committee member. "In honoring Black History Month, Dr. Eddie Glaude Jr. will inspire us on how black heritage can help strengthen American democracy and reach a harmonious society."

Glaude's books on religion and philosophy include "An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion," "African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction" and "Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America," which was awarded the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. His most recent book, the New York Times bestseller "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own," takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy.

The African American Lecture Series is an ongoing lecture series held annually, including lectures during Black History Month, which is celebrated in February. It is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and DDEI. Past speakers include:

  • Wes Moore, acclaimed author and entrepreneur
  • Harry Belafonte, iconic entertainer and activist
  • Cornel West, public intellectual and activist
  • Anita Hill, advocate, author and professor
  • Michael Eric Dyson, author and professor