Mar 4, 2009    #023
Contact: Laura Byerley


From a diverse range of perspectives, the 2009 Richard D. McKinzie Symposium will examine the role of race within the national political dialogue. The symposium honors Professor Dick McKinzie, who taught in the UMKC Department of History from 1969 until his death in 1993. McKinzie was instrumental in establishing the UMKC High School/College Program, the UMKC Program for Continuing Adult Education (PACE) and the UMKC/Moscow State Faculty Exchange Program.

The 2009 McKinzie Symposium is sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and the UMKC Department of History.

WHERE: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch; 4801 Main St.; Kansas City, Mo. 64112


- 7 p.m., Thursday, March 5 – Public Lecture, “Roots and Shadows: The Social Base and Political Legacy of Garveyism”

Steven Hahn, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a specialist on the social and political history of 19th-century America, the history of the American South and the comparative history of slavery and emancipation. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of American Historians, and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

- 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday, March 6 – Workshop for Teachers and Students, “20th- Century African-American Cultural Politics” Kim Phillips, the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor of History at The College of William and Mary, received her B.A. from the University of San Diego and her M.A. in Afro-American Studies and Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She teaches courses on African-American and American cultural and social history. She has written articles on African-American workers, music and migration. Her work in public history includes museum exhibits and teacher guides on oral history in the K-12 classroom.

- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Friday, March 6 - Workshop for teachers and students – “Politics of Race in the NAACP” Professor Ken Goings, a graduate of Kent State University and Princeton University, joined the African-American and African Studies Department at The Ohio State University in 2001. He specializes in 19th and 20th-century African-American history with research interests that include the history of historically black colleges and universities, African-Americans in the post-Emancipation South, African-American popular culture and African-American urban history.

Noon to 1 p.m., Friday, March 6 – Concurrent workshops, “Where Does Race Fit into American Politics (and the Classroom)?”

- 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, March 6 – Plenary session and panel discussion,“The Challenges of Teaching Political History” All panelists and participants are invited to discuss the themes and implications of this year’s symposium.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


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