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Public Invited To Virtual Mellon Institute Sessions In Arts And Humanities In June

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Lincoln University invites the public to attend the virtual Mellon Institute on Tuesdays in June.

The research institute will be held from 10:30 to noon over five sessions: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. The sessions are free and open to the public. Attendance at all sessions is not required; attendees may choose which sessions they attend.

Lincoln University faculty and staff will receive information about how to access the sessions via email. Students and members of the public may email Dr. Mahpiua Deas at for the Zoom information.


June 2

  • Speaker: Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director, American Library Association
  • Session Title: “Reading, Race, and Resistance: The Urgency of Radical Librarianship”

June 9

  • Speaker: Rashad Shabazz, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
  • Session Title: “Historical and Cultural Geographies of Race, Gender, and Music”

June 16

  • Speaker: Keisha N. Blain, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Session Title: “Friends of Japan: African American Women’s Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity”

June 23

  • Speaker: Shane Graham, Professor, Utah State University
  • Session Title: “Langston Hughes and the Rise of African and Caribbean Literature”

June 30

  • Speaker: Sasha Phyars-Burgess, Documentary Photographer
  • Session Title: “UNTITLED: Figuring it out through the Photograph”

Read more about each speaker.

The summer institute is supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lincoln University President Brenda A. Allen submitted the grant proposal, resulting in a $500,000 grant to invest in Lincoln University’s teaching pedagogy and humanities programs.

“This generous gift from the Mellon Foundation represents a major step toward garnering the resources we need to achieve our educational goals and reinvest in our roots as a liberal arts institution,” said President Brenda A. Allen, the grant’s primary investigator. “With this grant, we will work with faculty on incorporating active learning pedagogies and enhancing curricular and co-curricular opportunities for our students.”

Dr. Mahpiua Deas and Fred-Rick Roundtree serve as the grant’s assistant primary investigators. Learn more about the Mellon grant