Curtis Lecture Series begins today, Feb. 9

The James L. Curtis Institute for Race and Belonging at Albion College will explore the power of performance and the written word as social action with the Dimensions of Diversity Intentional Activism Lecture Series. The series begins with Jiquanda Johnson, publisher of the Flint Beat,  at both 12:50 and 4:30 p.m. today in Olin 112. Johnson is a Flint-area native who will share her knowledge of journalism. She has worked for the Detroit News, NBC 25 television, FOX, Live Media Group and the Flint Journal. Johnson launched the Flint Beat to address the needs and highlight the success of Flint through a news publication. Her intersectional and solutions-focused journalism style has been cultivated through her 20 years of experience in TV, news and print media journalism.

Mama Sol, a national hip-hop and spoken word artist, will share her story and talents from 12:50 to 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, in Norris 100 and an evening performance at 7:15 p.m. in the Science Atrium.

The lecture series concludes Thursday, March 6, with “Young, Gifted, Black and STEM — What it takes to make it as a Black STEM professional. The panel for this event will include Assata Moore, Ph.D., Rodney Singleton, Ph.D. and Michael McCaskill, Ph.D. There will be two opportunities to participate in this event — at 12:50 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Both are at Norris Hall.