Dr. Arthur Cromwell, an associate professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies and MDIA's director of the Honors Tutorial Program, along with Seaira Christian-Daniels and Tessa Scott, both seniors at Ohio University, have been named panelists in the “Soledad O’Brien Presents Black in America” event slated for 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.20.
Cromwell, who has more than 35 years of experience in the public broadcasting industry and joined the Ohio University faculty in the ’90s, says the event will shed light on a section of African Americans who are sometimes overlooked: those who grow up, work and live in Appalachia.
“It’s always important to understand the complexities and the multiplicities of the African American experience,” said Cromwell. “I don’t really know if we appreciate the African American experience. I’m an African American with Appalachian experience. Growing up, I didn’t know others existed. None of us have properly articulated our experience and our history.”
Cromwell said he hopes O’Brien finds this stop in the tour eye opening. “If anything, I hope her trip to Athens leaves her jaw dropping. Once you start to experience and meet people, you learn a new facet of the conversation.”
The event, part of a national tour, will feature a presentation from O’Brien followed by a panel discussion that will include audience interaction. Sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Communication Studies, the town-hall event is free and open to the public. The stop in Athens is the only planned tour event in Ohio.
For complete event details, please see the announcement in OHIO Compass.
Original Article By Erin Roberts.