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Robert Hill Speaks at UC Riverside

UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society Hosts Series on the African Diaspora

Robert Hill, an expert on Marcus Garvey, will speak Saturday, Nov. 9

(November 8, 2002)

RIVERSIDE -- Robert Hill, a professor of history at UCLA and an expert on Marcus Garvey, will speak at the University of California, Riverside at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 about the origins of the Harlem Renaissance.

His presentation, titled, "The Remains of the Name: The Origins of the Harlem Renaissance in the Discussion of Egyptology,” will take place in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. It is free and open to the public.

Hill, who was the consultant for the public television film, “Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind,” is part of a series at UC Riverside designed to increase awareness of the relationship between West Africa and blacks in the Americas. The History Department and the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR fund the program, with a grant from the Ford Foundation.

Organized by Sterling Stuckey, professor of history, the series reaches out "to all segments of the Riverside community." Stuckey has written extensively about slavery and the experience of Africans in America.

“Robert Hill's amazing findings on Marcus Garvey, gathered from many parts of the world, eventually led to his heading the Marcus Garvey Papers at UCLA,” Stuckey said. “With much anticipation we await his talk on the Harlem Renaissance, a research area sparked by his having, a year or so ago, discovered new documentation on that important artistic movement.”

Born in Jamaica, Hill was educated at the Jesuit-run high school for boys in Kingston, St. George’s College. He studied at the University of London, the University of Toronto and The University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.
He is editor of The Marcus Garvey and Universal Negro Improvement Association Papers Project, part of the Coleman African Studies Center at UCLA. Hill is also the Literary Executor of C.L.R. James, a West Indian author, Marxist historian and Pan-African political activist.

The event is sponsored by the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society and funded by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation. The Center fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary research, performances and conferences in areas that advance the understanding of human experience.

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances. Maps and directions to UCR can be found on the university's web site at Visitor parking costs up to $6 per vehicle.
For more information, call Jennifer Hildebrand at (909) 787-5401, ext. 1845.

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