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Olivet College to host Black History Month speaker
Jan 30, 2012

In recognition of Black History Month, Olivet College’s Lecture and Symposium Series, along with the African American Culture Center, will host Boyce Watkins, Ph.D., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Watkins, an author and leading authority in finance and investing, is redefining the role of the public scholar in American society. Known as “The People’s Scholar,” he presents a mix of financial theory, social commentary, and down-to-earth socio-political thought during his lectures.

Seriously committed to social justice, Watkins has been an outspoken critic of social and racial inequality. His commitment to inner-city youth is shown in his role as national director of the Step Up and Go to College Program. As a struggling high school student himself, Watkins formed this program to give students the motivation and tools to succeed at the college level.

Watkins has presented to millions, making regular appearances on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, ABC News and BET, and in publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Black Enterprise Magazine and more.

For more information on the lecture, contact Larry Smith, director of the African American Culture Center, at (269) 749-7750 or lsmith@olivetcollege.edu.


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