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Mar. 6, 2002
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CSUDH President James E. Lyons, Sr. Discusses Africana Studies
During National Council for Black Studies Conference in San Diego

Keynote address will focus on global impact of African Diaspora

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) president, Dr. James E. Lyons Sr., will deliver the keynote address for the W.E.B. DuBois Award Banquet during the awards banquet of the 26th Annual International Conference of the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), Inc. on Saturday, March 9, 2002, at the San Diego Marriott, Mission Valley.

Focusing on the theme, "Africana Studies and Globalization," President Lyons looks toward this annual gathering with an intimate understanding of the effects of worldwide displacement of people of African descent.

Lyons said: "Africana Studies have come a long way since my direct involvement in the early '60s from being simply a response to students' demands that more relevant courses that relate to them be offered on campus to looking at a more global impact of the larger African Diaspora." President Lyons added that his address would speak directly to finding remedies to the global displacement of people of African descent and the process to repair fractured communities.

Dr. James Earl Lyons, Sr. became president of California State University, Dominguez Hills in July 1999. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he received a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in student personnel from the University of Connecticut, where he also received his doctorate in Professional Higher Education Administration. In the spring of 2000, he received the Neag School of Education Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater for his significant impact on education, his inspiration on others in their field, and for his considerable accomplishments and continuing level of achievement.

During the late 1960s, President Lyons was the director of the University of Connecticut's Afro-American Cultural Center and was actively involved in the movement to start Black Studies programs at a number of colleges and universities in the northeast.

Dr. Selase Williams, dean, CSU Dominguez Hills College of Arts and Sciences, joins his colleagues in higher education from across the country at the conference. Dr. Williams heads a panel discussion on, "The Growth and Development of Africana Studies in the CSU System: Historical And Future Contributions."

Dr. Maulana Karenga, the renowned creator of Kwanzaa, the festival celebrating unity and self-determination in the African American community, will serve as moderator for the Spirituality and Religious Roundtable, "Africana Based Faith and Ethical Traditions: Living the Life."

NCBS President James Stewart said the conference theme focuses particular attention on African people and the overall global order. "The theme reflects the fact that major changes in the global order pose significant opportunities as well as potential threats for prospects for improving the well- being of people of African descent throughout the world," Stewart said. "Now, more than at any time since the founding of NCBS, there is an urgent need to resurrect and adapt traditional African values and problem-solving approaches to neutralize the growing complex of culturally destabilizing forces."

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