Faculty Pub Night: Stefan Bradley

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The first Faculty Pub Night of the 2019-2020 season features Stefan Bradley, Professor and Chair of African American Studies. Bradley will discuss his recent publication, Upending the Ivory Tower: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League.

About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2019-2020 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. 

About the Author's Work: 

Upending the Ivory Tower (winner of the Anna Julia Cooper and C.L.R. James Book Award) illuminates how the Black Freedom Movement, which was borne out of an effort to edify the most disfranchised of the black masses, also took root in the hallowed halls of America’s most esteemed institutions of higher education. Between the close of World War II and 1975, the civil rights and Black Power movements transformed the demographics and operation of the Ivy League on and off campus. As desegregators and racial pioneers, black students, staff, and faculty used their status in the black intelligentsia to enhance their predominantly white institutions while advancing black freedom. Although they were often marginalized because of their race and class, the newcomers altered educational policies and inserted blackness into the curricula and culture of the unabashedly exclusive and starkly white schools. 

Upending the Ivory Tower not only informs the civil rights and Black Power movements of the postwar era but also provides critical context for the Black Lives Matter movement that is growing in the streets and on campuses throughout the country today. As higher education continues to be a catalyst for change, there is no one better to inform today’s activists than those who transformed our country’s past and paved the way for its future.

About the Author: 

Born and reared in Yakima, Washington, Stefan M. Bradley is currently chair of the Department of African American Studies and professor at LMU.  He is author of Harlem vs. Columbia University:  Black Student Power in the Late 1960s, which won the Phillis Wheatley Book Prize, and editor of Alpha Phi Alpha:  A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence.  His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other academic and popular periodicals.  Bradley has appeared on C-Span BookTV; NPR; BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and the History Channel to discuss issues of the past and present.

In the wake of the Ferguson Uprisings of 2014-2015, he engaged with representatives from the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Commission, and Department of Education as a member of the community.  For his leadership, scholarship, teaching, and service, he has received numerous awards and commendations.

Bradley’s life ambition is to personally teach, mentor, and inspire the young people who change the world for the better.

About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. The library is open to the public during regular business hours. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.

Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Family Suite (Level 3)
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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