Author Tricia Rose to Speak About 'What Is Our Education's Worth?'

Rose will address the implications of making academic credentials the focus of higher education

Author, professor and social critic Tricia Rose will be the keynote speaker for "Reggie Day 2013: What is Our Education's Worth?" at Duke University.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, will be held in the Divinity School's Goodson Chapel on Duke's West Campus. The public is welcome to attend.

Rose will address the implications of making academic credentials the focus of higher education, and how, in a world of extremely competitive market economies, the more credentials one possesses, the better the chances of landing a good job. She will explore how institutions of higher education are aware of this reality and how many of their offerings are aimed at meeting this demand.

Rose is a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. She is well-known for her groundbreaking book on the emergence of hip hop culture, "Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America," which was listed as one of the "Top Books of the Twentieth Century" by Black Issues in Higher Education. She is regularly featured as an expert commentator on NPR, CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.

The event is presented by the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars. The scholarship's namesake, Reginaldo Howard, was the first black student at Duke to be elected student body president, but he tragically passed away before serving his term. The scholarship, which covers full tuition, room, board and mandatory fees for eight semesters. is given to first-year students of African heritage who demonstrate outstanding leadership ability, scholastic achievement, community involvement and evidence of serious commitment to a life of service to others. Additionally, "Reggie" Scholars are offered up to $5,000 for research or other educational enrichment programs. 

Each year, during "Reggie Day," the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholars explore social, political, and academic issues pertinent to students of African descent. 

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This event is co-sponsored by African and African American Studies, Black Student Alliance, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Women's Studies Program, Program in the Study of Sexualities, Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, Marxism and Society, Sociology, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Baldwin Scholars.

For more information about Rose, contact the High Quality Speakers Bureau at (323) 290-2311