September 25, 2006
Brown to deliver Tenney Distinguished Lecture
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Father Joseph A. Brown, director of Black American Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, will deliver the University's Charles D. Tenney lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Student Center Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow his talk. The events are free and open to the public.
The University Honors Program sponsors the Tenney Distinguished Lectures. Tenney served as the University's provost and vice president from 1952 to 1971.
Reporters, camera crews and photographers are welcome to attend a news conference featuring Father Brown at 3 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Student Center's Ohio Room. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 618/453-2824.
"An Evening with Father Brown" will include readings from Brown's collections of poetry. He is the author of a book of poetry, "Accidental Grace," and four books on black theology and literature.
Brown is a lecturer in African and African-American spirituality as well as African-American history and culture.
Brown earned a bachelor's degree from St. Louis University in 1968, a master's degree from John Hopkins University in 1969, and a second master's as well as a doctorate from Yale University in 1983 and 1984, respectively.
The Tenney lecture series exemplifies SIUC's aspiration of reaching out to others through coordinating cultural outreach programs as outlined in Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.