Renowned scholar and Mellon Fellowship award winner Herman Bennett will be the plenary speaker at the 2020 Georgia State University Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC) on April 17.
Bennett will deliver his presentation, titled “Liberalism and Diversity Matter: the Possibility of Systemic Change,” in the Speaker’s Auditorium at Student Center East at 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to all faculty, students and staff.
Bennett is a distinguished professor in the Ph.D. program in history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where he adapted the graduate program to spotlight diversity. With special interest in the origin of blackness and African diaspora, Bennett has spoken on the national and international stage throughout the Americas and Europe.
As a scholar who has built a successful career as a professor in a humanities discipline, he will be able to share valuable stories and offer advice to the students in the Humanities Inclusivity Program (HIP) and others who would like to develop careers in academia, said HIP Co-Director Denise Davidson. Bennett’s speech is being sponsored by HIP and the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA).
GSURC is an annual conference to showcase undergraduate research and academic projects, sponsored by the Honors College at Georgia State. Students display their work in a wide variety of disciplines, from science to humanities, through posters, oral presentations, films, artistic displays or music performances. Faculty judges evaluate and score each project to determine award winners based on presentation type and category.
In addition to giving his GSURC lecture, Dr. Bennett will meet with students, faculty and administrators involved in HIP and CASA.
By Raquel Croston (B.A. ’23); Photo submitted by Herman Bennett