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Upcoming Events

March 27, 2014: 4:30PM, Murray-Green Library, 10th Floor, Auditorium Building

Please join the St. Clair Drake Center and the Mansfield Institute for the "One Book One University" lecture by Dr. Carl Hart on his book, “High Price.”

April 2, 2014: 5:30PM, Murray-Green Library, 10th Floor, Auditorium Building

Please join the St. Clair Drake Center and the Mansfield Institute for the Matthew Freeman Lecture featuring Dr. Victor Rios, Sociologist and author of “Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys.”


To join the St. Clair Drake Center mailing list, please contact Professor Erik Gellman.


Past Events

The St. Clair Drake Center and Mansfield Institute held the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Summit on the Chicago Campus on February 7, 2014. DMC is generally defined as the phenomenon of Black and Latino youth coming in contact with the criminal justice system in far greater numbers than they represented in the general population.

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies presented a lecture on November 21 at 5:30 pm in the Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library by R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at City College of New York titled, "Educational Opportunity? The Role of Schooling in Contemporary Struggles for Social Equality." Sponsored by the Murray-Green Library and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson.This event was the third of three events for the lecture series that honors and reflects upon the themes of St. Clair Drake's lectures in 1963 - 100 years after Emancipation.  For more information contact Professor Alfred Defreece (adefreece@roosevelt.edu).

St. Clair Drake Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Drop in WB 1109 on October 17 from 2-6 pm for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon for St. Clair Drake's Wikipedia entry. Sponsored by the St. Clair Drake Center and the Roosevelt University Murray-Green Library.

Lecture Series to honor and reflect upon the themes of St. Clair Drake's lectures in 1963 - 100 years after Emancipation:

Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The March on Washington and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
Monday, October 14, 12:30 pm

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Auditorium Building, 10thFloor, Murray-Green Library
Chicago IL

The St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies presents a lecture by Will P. Jones, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin. Bennett Johnson - noted Chicago area activist, editor, businessman, and former Roosevelt University student - will be honored for his role in organizing the Chicago contingent of the March on Washington. Sponsored by the Murray-Green Library and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman, Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center.

Bound for Freedom: Black WPA Writers Document Chicago's South Side
Tuesday, October 22, 4:00-5:30 pm

Roosevelt University
430 S. Michigan Ave.
Auditorium Building, 10thFloor, Murray-Green Libary
Chicago IL

The Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies present a lecture by Brian Dolinar, PhD. editor of The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers (2013, University of Illinois Press). Commentary by Christopher Reed, Roosevelt University Professor Emeritus, and author of the book The Depression Comes to the South Side (2012, Indiana University Press). Sponsored by the Center for New Deal Studies and the St. Clair Drake Center, with generous financial support from Robert and Rose Johnson. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor Erik Gellman, Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center.