Jessica Harris, Ph.D.
October 2, 2019, 3:40 PM Dr. Jessica HarrisVast amounts of information have been generated about one of the country’s most celebrated U.S. presidents, much of which is housed in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM). In an effort to continue to advance the efforts of ALPLM, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has appointed Jessica Harris, PhD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville interim assistant provost for Inclusive Academic Excellence, to the ALPLM board. Harris is one of 11 trustees selected by Pritzker to the new board. “I was contacted by Governor Pritzker’s office and asked if I would be interested in a potential appointment to the ALPLM board, after which I went through an extensive vetting process,” she said. “I feel honored to have this opportunity to serve and look forward to working with other members of the board to advance the mission of the ALPLM.” The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern technology. The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln books, documents, photographs, artifacts and art, as well as approximately 12 million items pertaining to all aspects of Illinois history. The museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects, and innovative storytelling techniques to educate visitors. Appointments to the ALPLM board are pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate. “The role of the board is to set policy and advise the executive director on programs related to ALPLM,” said Harris.
January 22, 2019 For more information on this special recognition by the Tom Joyner Foundation, follow this link.
Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence
November 28, 2018 UNCF/Mellon Programs director Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D., visited Duke earlier this month to conduct a series of workshops on diversity recruitment for graduate programs. For more information on the insights that she shared, see the article on Duke’s website: https://gradschool.duke.edu/about/news/director-uncfmellon-program-shares-insights-recruiting-hbcus
Howard Rambsy, Ph.D.
August 13, 2018 Congratulations to Howard Rambsy, who has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities to teach an institute on Frederick Douglass and African American literary studies. Follow this link to his site for more information!