Professor and Author Dr. Nadia E. Brown to Headline SJC’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Program

January 15, 2014

On Monday, January 20, Saint Joseph’s College and surrounding communities will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a series of events, beginning with the annual Diversity March through Rensselaer. All are welcome to participate in the program free of charge.

The program will kick off at 12:00 pm CST with participants being bused from the Rev. Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center on the SJC campus to the Jasper County Courthouse. At 12:20, the Diversity March from the Courthouse back to campus will begin, ending at the Rev. Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center, where Dr. Brown’s speech will be held in the Shen Auditorium at 1:30. SJC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform at the event.

This year’s speaker is Purdue University Assistant Professor of Political Science and African American Studies Dr. Nadia E. Brown. She is the author of a forthcoming book entitled “Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making” and is the author of numerous articles focusing on Black women's politics.

Professor Brown received her doctoral degree in Political Science in 2010 from Rutgers University with major fields in Women and Politics and American Politics.  She also holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.

Dr. Brown's research interests lie broadly in identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women's studies. Current research projects address the politics of appearance for Black women candidates for public office. 

A breakout session with Brown will be held in the Courtney Auditorium, next to the Shen Auditorium, at 3:00 for all who would like to attend.

Recognition will be given to the winners of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Contest, for which entries were solicited from area schools. Two SJC community members will be recognized as the thirteenth and fourteenth Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Honorees, individuals whose service to the College reflects the values exemplified by King. Past honorees include: Associate Professor of Education Dr. Lana Zimmer; Associate Dean of Students for Safety and Security Ernest Watson ’82; Housekeepers Jeanie Bushman and Jana Herre; Head Librarian Cathy Salyers; Professor of Philosophy Dr. John Nichols; Associate Professor of Communication Fred Berger; Associate Professor of Philosophy Br. Rob Reuter, C.PP.S.; Sodexo employees Jeannette Randolph and Alice McKay; Circulation and Archives Manager Pam Brown-Seely; and Instructor of Spanish Claudia Sadowski.

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 26 majors, 4 group majors, 33 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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