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Treadwell to address inaugural IAAR conference

Henrie Monteith Treadwell will give the keynote address at the first conference of the University of South Carolina’s Institute for African American Research (IAAR) March 24–26.

Henrie Monteith Treadwell
Henrie Monteith Treadwell

Treadwell, director of Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, will speak at 6:45 p.m. March 24 in the Lumpkin Auditorium, located on the eighth floor of the Darla Moore School of Business. One of USC’s first African-American students to graduate from the university after Reconstruction, Treadwell will discuss the topic, “Criminal Justice and Reentry: Taking a Hard Look at the Costs.”

The conference and her talk are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, go to The deadline is March 15.

With the theme, “The University of South Carolina and African American Research in the Twenty-First Century,” scholars from around the country and the university’s campuses will discuss topics relevant to the South Carolina, including public health, education and immigration.

The conference will feature three sessions, each including a keynote address and a panel comprising USC scholars. All three sessions will be held in McKissick Museum in connection with the exhibit, “Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art.”

  • Session I: Public Health. 8:45 a.m., March 25. Celeste Watkins-Hayes, an associate professor of sociology and African-American Studies at Northwestern University, will discuss her research on the social and economic experience of women living with HIV/AIDs. Panelists will include Drs. Sacoby Wilson, Heather Brandt and Deborah Billings from the university’s Arnold School of Public Health.
  • Session II: Education. 1:45 p.m., March 25. Dr. James Scheurich, a professor and chairman of the department of educational administration and human resource development at Texas A&M University, will discuss his research on race and ethnicity and how schools and school districts can help all students succeed. Panelists will include Drs. Tambra Jackson, Elizabeth Costello and Michelle Jay from the College of Education.
  • Session III: Immigration. 8:45 a.m., March 26. Dr. Arlene Torres, director of the Latino Faculty Recruitment Initiative at the City University of New York, will discuss her research. Her talk is titled “The Immigration of Latina(o)s: The ‘New’ South, Racial Politics, and Afro-Latina(o)s.” Panelists will include Dr. David Simmons, an assistant professor of anthropology and public health; Dr. Myriam Torres, director of the Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies in the Arnold School of Public Health; and Dr. Elaine Lacy, a history professor from USC Aiken.

The conference is funded in part by a grant from the S.C. Humanities Council. Sponsors include the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and its Institute for Southern Studies, department of history, S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and McKissick Museum; the Arnold School of Public Health’s Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities and Consortium for Latino Immigration Studies; and USC’s College of Education.

For more information about the IAAR and its inaugural conference, contact Francesca Fair at 803-777-4472 or via e-mail at

About the S.C. Humanities Council
The Humanities Council SC is a state program of the National Endowment of the Humanities. It provides South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.
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About the Institute for African American Research
The University of South Carolina’s Institute for African American Research was established in 2008 to support research that enhances the scholarly study and public understanding of race and black life in South Carolina, the Southeast and beyond.
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Posted: 03/08/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 03/08/10 @ 1:24 PM | Permalink

IAAR conference

  • What: First meeting of the Institute for African American Research
  • Who: Henrie Monteith Treadwell, among first African-American post-Reconstruction graduates, to deliver keynote address
  • When: 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 24
  • Where: Darla Moore School of Business, Lumpkin Auditorium

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