WPI Observes Black History Month

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WORCESTER, Mass. A Separate Heritage, A Common Destiny is the theme for Worcester Polytechnic Institute's observance of Black History Month. Associate Dean of Student Life Tom Hartvig Thomsen and a committee of students, faculty and staff have coordinated the activities, most of which are free. Everything is open to the public.

A list of Black History Month activities follows:

Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., Great Hall, Higgins House: Professor R.J. Njoroge, former dean of the faculty of education at Kenyatta University in Kenya, will lecture on "Democratization in Africa." Njoroge, who holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Nairobi, is currently a visiting professor at the College of the Holy Cross and a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 3:30 p.m., Newell Hall, Atwater Kent: Edwin J. Nichols, Ph.D., will present "Does Culture Matter?" Nichols is a clinical industrial psychologist working in the field of organizational development. He holds degrees from Assumption Coll ege in Windsor, Canada, Eberhardt-Karls Universitat in Turbingin, Germany, and Leopoline-Franciscea Universitat, Innsbruck, Austria, from which he received his doctor of philosophy in psychology and psychiatry, cum laude.

He is director of Nichols and Associates, Inc., an applied behavioral science firm. From 1969 until he retired in 1989, Nichols held various positions at the National Institute of Mental Health.

Friday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Riley Commons: Black History Month Talent Show. Highlights include entertainment, dancing and "cultural" foods. Admission is $2 with a WPI ID; $3 to the public.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Founders Hall Country Kitchen: Second Annual Multicultural Dinner, sponsored by WPI's Black Student Union.

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Room A, Morgan Commons: A Celebration of East African Culture and Foods presented by Thomsen and by Bernard Ongewe 98 of Nairobi, Kenya. Thomsen, who lived in East Africa for several years, will discuss the region's culture; Ongewe will prepare East African foods with assistance from members of the Dining Services staff. Seating is limited.

Monday, Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m., Salisbury Labs 104: A celebration of Black History Month through presentations of work on issues related to the experiences of people of color by students in the Humanities and Arts Department. The program is hosted by student s in English Instructor DeAnn Finkel's Modern American Novel class.

Feb. 19 - Feb. 29, Gordon Library: Exhibit of African-American Art.

For more information about these programs, call 831-5201.