By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
STILLWATER, OK– On Thursday, February 8, Oklahoma State University will host critically-acclaimed author and human and civil rights advocate Carol Anderson. Her presentation will take place at Oklahoma State University’s Student Union Theater at 7 p.m. on the Stillwater campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Anderson’s 2016 book “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of America’s Racial Divide,” was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award Winner. Her op-ed “White Rage” was the Washington Post’s most widely shared opinion piece in 2014, giving notice to the book which followed two years later.
Currently a professor of African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Anderson has published two previous books: Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960 Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955
Anderson’s research work has earned funding from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. http://aas.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/anderson-carol.html
“Carol Anderson is an unforgettable speaker and award-winning author who articulates the causes and effects of America’s racial divide with brilliance and power,” said Laura Belmonte, head of the Department of History at OSU.
“This will be an unforgettable and timely event that anyone who cares about diversity and inclusion in the United States will not want to miss.”
Anderson has served on committees dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations.
Based on Anderson’s research, organizations such as Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Anderson’s book “Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955” to outline and examine the topic of human rights in the United States. The book received both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards.
In addition, she writes commentary for the Washington Post and CNN.com that provides a historical perspective on the current status of race, human rights, and politics.
Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science (international relations) and history. She earned her doctorate in history from Ohio State University.
Anderson’s presentation on Feb. 8 is sponsored by a joint effort of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, Health, and Aviation, the Spears School of Business, and the Office of Institutional Diversity at OSU.
With more than 260,000 graduates, Oklahoma State University has over 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses including students from all 50 states and around 120 nations.
For more information, contact Brian Petrotta at 405-744-7497