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The Lyceum Speaker Series at LSC-Montgomery provides a variety of lectures throughout the year that are based on sociological, historical, economic, political, psychological, and spiritual views. All campus and community members are invited to attend this free lecture--as well as all other Lyceum events throughout the year.


Lyceum Speaker Series

The Lone Star College Montgomery Lyceum Speaker Series, with the support of additional funding from the president’s office, is hosting an academic speaker series on “the History of Race in America.”

February 2

Leonard N. Moore
“The Future of Black History in the Age of Trump."
12 p.m.
Music Hall, Recital Hall

Speaker Biography
Leonard N. Moore, Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin
George Littlefield Professor of American History
Senior Associate Vice-President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
Research Interests

Modern African American History; black urban history; intersection of race, sport, and hip-hop.
Black Rage in New Orleans: Police Brutality and African American Activism from World War II to Hurricane Katrina
Carl B. Stokes and the Rise of Black Political Power

February 15

Violet M. Showers
“Black While Foreign: African and Afro-Caribbean Immigrants, Blackness, Race and Racism in Twentieth-Century America.”
12 p.m.
Music Recital, Music Hall

Speaker Biography
Violet M. Showers, Ph.D.
Texas A & M University
Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Program
Violet Showers Johnson was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, West Africa. She received her BA (Honors in History) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone; her MA from the University of New Brunswick, Canada; and her Ph.D. from Boston College. She taught at Fourah Bay College before coming to the United States in 1985 on a Fulbright scholarship. After twenty years at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, she came to Texas A&M University in July 2012. She is Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies.  A naturalized American, Johnson’s international personal and academic background has shaped much of her work as a teacher and scholar. She focuses on race, ethnicity and immigration, African American history, African history, and the history of the African Diaspora. Her publications include The Other Black Bostonians: West Indians in Boston; “What, then, is the African American? African and Afro-Caribbean Identities in Black America,” and “Recreating Sustainable Communities in Exile: Leadership Roles of Sierra Leonean Internally Displaced and Refugee Women in Freetown, Atlanta and London.”

February 22

Toyin Falola
“The Contemporary African Diaspora: Immigrant Communities in the United States”
12 p.m.
Music Hall, Recital Hall
Speaker Biography
Toyin Falola, Ph.D.
Professor; Jacob & Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities; University Distinguished Teaching Prof.
University of Texas at Austin
He is a Fellow of the Historical Society of Nigerian Academy of Letters. He has received various awards and honors, including the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Exes Teaching Award, and the Ibn Khaldun Distinguished Award for Research Excellence, and the Distinguished Fellow, Ibadan Cultural Group.

Toyin Falola has published numerous books, including Key Events in African History: A Reference Guide, Nationalism and African Intellectuals, and many edited books including Tradition and Change in Africa and African Writers and Readers. He is co-editor of the Journal of African Economic History, Series Editor of The Cambria African Studies Series, Series Editor of Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora, and the Series Editor of the Culture and Customs of Africa by Greenwood Press.
For his singular and distinguished contribution to the study of Africa, his students and colleagues have presented him with three Festschriften - two edited by Adebayo Oyebade, The Transformation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and The Foundation of Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola, and one edited by Akin Ogundiran, Pre-Colonial Nigeria: Essays in Honor of Toyin Falola. His award-wining memoir, A Mouth Sweeter than Salt, is published by the University of Michigan Press.?