Office of the Dean
Valerie S. Ashby, Ph.D., Dean of Trinity College

Invitation: Inaugural Trinity Distinguished Lecture

March 31, 2017

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce the establishment of the Trinity Distinguished Lecture series in conjunction with the celebration of 50 years of Black faculty scholarship in the college.The series will feature a Black Trinity faculty member each year and honors the excellence, innovation and creativity that stem from a diverse faculty.

The goal of these lectures is to contribute to the intellectual climate of the school through provocative, introspective and lively conversation, and to strengthen our scholarly community. Please plan to attend this lecture and contribute to the success of our new school tradition.

Inaugural Trinity Distinguished Lecture

Professor Mark Anthony Neal
May 4th at 3:00 p.m.
Penn Pavilion
Reception immediately afterward

Mark Anthony Neal holds appointments in the departments of African & African American Studies, and English. He is the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship and co-directs the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity.

Through his research and public scholarship, Mark challenges audiences to engage with the ideologies of black popular culture. He seeks to understand how the music, television, film and literature of African diaspora cultures impact the societal and cultural norms of the United States and around the world. Mark hosts the phenomenally successful video webcast Left of Black, which is produced in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke, and authors the NewBlackMan (in Exile) blog.

I invite you to learn more about our colleague through the information below.


Valerie S. Ashby
Dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

NewBlackMan (in Exile)

The Digital Home for Mark Anthony Neal

Left of Black Web Cast

Scholarly Books

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