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Butler Jones Lecture Slated for Jan. 23 at Ohio Wesleyan

January 7, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host author Randall Robinson for its annual Butler A. Jones Lectureship on Race and Ethnicity, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the university’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology, International Studies Program, Department of Politics & Government, Academic Affairs Office, Student Union for Black Awareness, Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs, and Mark and Virginia Shipps.

Robinson is founder and past president of TransAfrica, an organization that promotes constructive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean. He also has written three national, best-selling books—“The Debt,” “The Reckoning,” and “Defending the Spirit”—on the relationship between black and white Americans in society. Robinson’s latest work, “An Unbroken Agony,” chronicles the history of Haiti from Christopher Columbus’ arrival to its first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Robinson will speak about his latest book, “An Unbroken Agony: Haiti, From Revolution to the Kidnapping of a President.” Students from Ohio Wesleyan have a long history of visiting Haiti and studying the island’s struggles with event organizer and department chair, Mary Howard, Ph.D.

The Butler A. Jones Lectureship on Race and Society was established in 1995 in honor of Jones, the first African American faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan and a member of the university’s Department of Sociology/Anthropology. Heavily involved in the field of sociology through race relations and the civil rights movement, Jones was committed to the development of other scholars and professionals.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.