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March 7, 2005
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, University Relations, (785) 864-8853.

KU plans March 9 reception for Langston Hughes visiting professor

LAWRENCE -- Albert S. Broussard, a historian specializing in the history of African-Americans in the West, is the Langston Hughes visiting professor in the American studies program at the University of Kansas for spring 2005.

A public reception for Broussard, who is a professor of history at Texas A&M University in College Station, will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the Spencer Research Library at KU.

On March 18, Broussard will be among the speakers for an oral history workshop in the Kansas Union ballroom, sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities. He will discuss his study of race relations in the United States through the lives of three generations of an African-American family whose story began in antebellum Charleston, S.C., with T. McCants Stewart and moved to New York, Liberia, Hawaii, St. Thomas and San Francisco.

He will give a public lecture on "The Stewarts: The Triumph of an American Family" April 6 in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium.
Broussard's research of the Stewart family was published in "African-American Odyssey: The Stewarts, 1853-1963," one of two Broussard books published by the University Press of Kansas. The other is "Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954."

His most recent book, "The American Republic to 1877," written with Joyce Appleby, Alan Brinkley, James M. McPherson and Donald A. Ritchie, is a high school history text being used throughout the United States.

At KU, he is teaching an undergraduate interdisciplinary course, "The Civil Rights Movement and Its Legacy," and a graduate course, "Selected Topics in African-American History: 1877-present."

Broussard was among the first African-Americans to earn a Ph.D. in history at Duke University. He earned a bachelor's degree in history at Stanford University.

He has been on the faculty at Texas A&M since 1985 and has taught at Southern Methodist University and the University of Northern Colorado. At Texas A&M he was named a distinguished faculty lecturer in 2000 and received a distinguished teaching award in 1997. He has received grants from the national Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. He is a past president of the Oral History Association.

KU established the Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship in 1977 to honor the late poet, playwright and historian who lived in Lawrence as a child. The professorship rotates among several KU departments, bringing to campus prominent scholars in fields compatible with Hughes' interests.

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