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Race and class expert to talk on tourism and globalization

March 3, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- An award-winning expert on African-American political activism, who is studying the impact of tourism and globalization in the Dominican Republic and Brooklyn, New York, will speak at Western Michigan University Monday and Tuesday, March 13 and 14.

Dr. Steven Gregory, associate professor of anthropology and Africana studies at New York University, will present a free public lecture on "Tourism, Trade and Globalization" at 4:45 p.m. Monday, March 13, in Room 3502 of Knauss Hall. His visit is part of the University's Visiting Scholars and Artists Program.

A specialist in urban studies and race and class, he is the author of "Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community," which was awarded the Society of Urban Anthropology's Anthony Leeds Prize as the top book in urban anthropology in 1998. He also co-edited the book, "Race," which received the Gustavus Myers Center Award for Race.

Gregory will speak about his book, "Black Corona," at a colloquium from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in Room 0116 of Moore Hall.

Gregory received doctoral and master's degrees in anthropology from the New School for Social Research, and a master's degree in art education and a bachelor's degree in film from Pratt Institute. He served a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellowship in Afro-American studies at Princeton and also received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Ford Foundation.

His visit is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology. For more information, contact Dr. Vincent Lyon-Callo, assistant professor of anthropology, at (616) 387-3964.

The Visiting Scholars and Artists Program was established in 1960 and has supported some 500 visits by scholars and artists representing more than 65 academic disciplines. The chairperson of the committee that oversees the program is Dr. James M. Hillenbrand, professor of speech pathology and audiology.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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