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April 17, 2006

Manning Marable to address Katrina, Malcolm X in campus talks

Manning Marable, professor of public affairs, political science, history and African American studies at Columbia University, will deliver two talks on campus as part of the 2006 St. Clair Drake Lecture series.

At noon on April 19, Marable will present "Katrina: A Tragedy of Race, Class and Public Policy." At 4 p.m. on April 20, he will present "A Time for Martyrs: Deconstructing the Assassination of Malcolm X." Both talks will be in Room 002 in Building 200 (History Corner).

Marable was the founding director of the Institute of African-American Studies at Columbia from 1993 to 2003. In 2002, he founded Columbia's Center for Contemporary Black History, an advanced research and publications center that examines black leadership and politics, culture and society.

Marable has written and edited 21 books and scholarly anthologies, including The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life (2002) and How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy and Society (1983). He is at work on a comprehensive biography of Malcolm X.

The St. Clair Drake Lectures are dedicated to the late Professor St. Clair Drake, who became the first director of the Program in African and African American Studies in 1973.



Barbara Palmer, News Service: (650) 724-6184,

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