Robinson to deliver Barbara Jordan Lecture on race

Randall Robinson, distinguished scholar in residence in Penn State's Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, will deliver the next address in the Barbara Jordan Lecture series on the topic of "The Continuing Dilemma of Race in America," at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (March 18) in the Assembly Room of the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The lecture is presented by Penn State's Africana Research Center and Department of African and African American Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts.

Robinson is an internationally acclaimed author whose books and scholarly interests focus on U.S. foreign policy towards the Caribbean and Africa; the use of foreign policy to achieve social goals; and racial equity. Robinson founded TransAfrica, which seeks to influence U.S. foreign policy towards Africa and the Caribbean, and established the Free South Africa Movement, which pushed successfully for the imposition of U.S. sanctions against South Africa and was instrumental in ending apartheid. His public advocacy on behalf of the people of Haiti spurred a multinational operation that restored Haiti’s first democratically elected government to power. 

Robinson is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards from organizations that include the Congressional Black Caucus, UNICEF, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and The King Center. Henry Louis Gates calls Robinson “one of the world's foremost advocates for freedom and justice” and Cornell West calls him “a towering freedom fighter in the world of ideas and actions.”

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Last Updated November 18, 2010