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Three key figures in a major upcoming conference at Lafayette will discuss “The Significance of Paul Robeson” during a brown bag noon Thursday in Interfaith Chapel, Hogg Hall.

Lunch may be brought or purchased for $3.

The panelists will be conference director John T. McCartney, professor and head of government and law; co-director Samuel A. Hay, visiting professor of government and law; andscholarPaul Schlueter.

Lafayette will inaugurate a series of major conferences on the history and culture of civil rights and civil liberties with a three-day conference entitled “Paul Robeson: His History and Development as an Intellectual” on campus April 7-9.

In more than three decades as a political theorist, McCartney has run for political office in the Bahamas, written a definitive book on American black power ideologies, and taught college courses on black political thought in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. He will speak at the conference and serve as a moderator.

Hay is a scholar, playwright, author, and founder of The National Conference on African American Theatre, Inc. He has been studying the life and work of Paul Robeson for close to 30 years and will speak at the conference. The coeditor of the six-volume literature series Focus on Literature, Hay recently edited a study of African American protest drama and theater that will be published by Cambridge.

Schlueter taught college English for many years, has written or edited 10 books, and has published several thousand book, theater, and classical music reviews, as well as travel articles and profiles. He is providing Robeson films for the conference’s film festival from his personal archives and locating the few he does not own.

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