Andrew Young, politician, human rights activist and businessman, will be the speaker at UM’s fall commencement Dec. 13. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Howard University and a divinity degree from Hartford Theological Seminary.
After six years as pastor of Bethany Congregational Church in Thomasville, Ga., he resigned to work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, assisting in the organization of “citizenship schools,” workshops that taught nonviolent organizing strategies to potential local leaders.
Young was a trusted aide to Martin Luther King Jr. and rose to the executive directorship of the SCLC, organizing voter registration and desegregation campaigns. He was with King when the civil rights leader was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., in 1968.
Young won Georgia’s Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972 and became the first African American since Reconstruction to be elected to Congress from Georgia. He supported the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter, and in 1977, Carter named Young ambassador to the United Nations. He was forced to resign the position in 1979 for having met with a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), at that time considered a terrorist organization. U.S. officials were officially forbidden to meet with its members.
He returned to Atlanta, and in 1981 was elected the city’s mayor. Young won reelection in 1985 but was defeated in a 1990 primary bid to become the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia. In 1993, Morehouse College in Atlanta established the Center for International Studies, which was renamed the Andrew Young Center for International Studies in March 1998.
Young is currently a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He has remained active in Georgia’s civic affairs, serving as co-chair of the Atlanta Committee for the 1996 Olympic Games and continuing to foster economic growth in the developing world as a business consultant and as chairman of the Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund.
Commencement will begin at 5 p.m. in the McChesney Student Activity Center on the UM campus.
Recipients of summer stipends for 2014 have recently been announced. They are:
• Edward (Ted) Hoffman (Music), “Inclusion in Instrumental Music Education/Rural Music Education;” and
• Michael Willett (Art), “Cut and Paste.”
The summer stipends program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers.
Additionally, recipients of 2014 course development grants have recently been announced. They are:
• Bryn Chancellor (English), “The Internal/External Landscape;”
• Stefan Forrester (Philosophy), “Ethics: Increasing Student Engagement with Moral Problems using iClickers;”
• Cathlena Martin (Game Studies and Design), “Survey of Modern Games;” and
• Leonor Vazquez-Gonzalez (Foreign Languages), “Social Movements in Latin America.”
Course development grants are intended to stimulate the development of new courses or the redesign of existing courses. Preference was given this funding cycle to proposals that advance the aims of interdisciplinary programs or that promote deeper learning in General Education classes.
All summer stipend and course development grant proposals are reviewed by the Faculty Development Advisory Committee (FDAC) and its recommendations endorsed by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.