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November 12, 2012

Author to discuss the role of the black intellectual in the 21st century

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Houston Baker, author of "Betrayal: How Black intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era," will speak at Purdue University on Nov. 15.

His talk, which is free and open to the public, is 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 310. "What do 'Black' and 'Public' Mean in an Era of Obama and Mass Incarceration?: Academe, Bus Frolics, and Cable Makeovers" is the title of the talk. Baker is a Distinguished University Professor and professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

"Baker will address the role of the black intellectual in an age when we have a black president but still have tremendous numbers of African-American males in prison," said Venetria K. Patton, professor and director of Purdue's African American Studies and Research Center.

Baker's talk is the keynote for the African American Studies and Research Center's 28th Symposium on African American Culture and Philosophy, "Celebrating Our Past and Looking into Our Future," on Nov. 15-17. More information about the conference and its registration fees are available at https://www.eventreg.purdue.edu/ec2k/courselisting.asp?1= &master_ID=2732 &course_area=1367 &course_number=103 &course_subtitle=00

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Venetria K. Patton, 765-494-2151, vpatton@purdue.edu