Interactive lecture planned at Penn State Schuylkill

As part of Penn State Schuylkill's 80th anniversary celebration, Veleashia Smith, will present an interactive lecture on the history of the "n-word" from its inception to its use in media, politics and entertainment.

This lecture has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Morgan Auditorium at Penn State Schuylkill. It is free and open to the public.

Following the history, there will be a dialogue to engage the audience about their thoughts on the word, its affect in our society and what we can do about it. Smith is currently director of the Institute of Black Culture at the University of Florida, has created and implemented leadership conferences and development throughout the states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. She has coordinated more than 100 various programs that target underrepresented students, diversity festivals, diversity trainings, and various dialogue and lecture series.

For additional information, contact Valerie Clay at 570-385-6246 or at or visit the website for all events scheduled for the 80th anniversary at

Last Updated January 09, 2015