Director of Schomburg Center to Speak at RVCC

The public is invited to attend a lecture and book signing featuring author/scholar Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Monday, March 21, at 4 p.m., at Raritan Valley Community College. The event, which is free of charge, is being presented by the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership, and Social Justice at RVCC. It will be held in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg Campus. A Visiting Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, Dr. Muhammad is Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which is a division of the New York Public Library and one of the world’s leading research facilities dedicated to the history of the African diaspora. Under his leadership the Schomburg Center was recently one of 10 recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The award is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries in recognition of their service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Muhammad is the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard), which won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies. He is a contributing author of a 2014 National Research Council study, “The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences” (National Academies Press). His research focuses on racial criminalization in modern U.S. History. Dr. Muhammad’s scholarship has been featured in a number of national print and broadcast media outlets, including The New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, NPR and MSNBC. He is a former associate editor of The Journal of American History. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his commitment to public engagement, including Crain Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 (2011), Ebony Power 100 (2013), and The Root 100 of Black Influencers (2012 and 2013). A former associate professor of history at Indiana University, Dr. Muhammad holds a doctorate in US history from Rutgers University. He serves on the board of The Barnes Foundation and the editorial boards of Transition magazine and the North Star Series of John Hopkins Press. A book signing will follow the lecture. For information, contact Richeleen Dashield, 908-526-1200, ext. 8636.