Howard and Columbia invite you to join a launch event celebrating the new partnership between Howard and Columbia, working to uplift the future of publishing in Black Studies

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Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past / Present / Future

The evening will feature welcome remarks about the new partnership from Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick and founding Chair of Columbia University’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Farah Jasmine Griffin. Then join a conversation and Q&A between Columbia College Dean Josef Sorett and Howard University economist Omari Swinton about the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Columbia University Press Director Jennifer Crewe will conclude the evening with plans for the series' future.


Swinton's new book (with James V. Koch), Vital and Valuable: The Relevance of HBCUs to American Life and Education, is the first book in the new Howard + Columbia series. All in-person attendees will receive a free copy of the book at the hosted reception that follows the conversation. 


This is an exclusive invitation with limited capacity. We encourage you to share this invitation with your friends and complete your registration no later than Monday, January 23. We appreciate your attention to this time-sensitive request.

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