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Lafayette College’s celebration of Black History Month continues with students presenting original research papers on the theme of “Black Culture, History, and Politics in the New Century” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, in the Marlo Room (East) of the Farinon College Center.

The event, called the “Students as Scholars Research Paper Colloquium,” is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow each presentation.

The colloquium is used to select potential students to present their work at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Santa Fe, N.Mex., in May, says Robert E. Bedford, Lafayette’s assistant dean of students and director of intercultural development.

“My main concern is teaching and learning,” Bedford says. “We want students so confident in their scholarship that they are worthy of representing the college on a national level.”

The colloquium continues the academic emphasis of the Black History Month celebration, whose theme is “Black by Nature, Gifted by the Spirit, and Abled by God.” Among other events, the celebration has included keynote speeches by professor and poet Nikki Giovanni and Afrocentric scholar Na’im Akbar and a five-part discussion series centering on Akbar’s book Breaking the Chains of Psychological Slavery.

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