Centennial Celebrations: Keynote lecture
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University
Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for
African and African American Research at Harvard University
Messiah College Humanities Symposium Lecture
“Genetics and Genealogy” • February 25, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ph.D., will deliver the second keynote lecture of the Centennial
year and the keynote address for the Messiah College Humanities Symposium.
Professor Gates is editor-in-chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center,
the first comprehensive scholarly online resource in the field of African American
Studies and Africana Studies, and of The Root, an online news magazine dedicated to
coverage of African American news, culture, and genealogy. In 2008, Oxford University
Press published the African American National Biography. Co-edited with Evelyn Brooks
Higginbotham, it is an eight-volume set containing more than 4,000 biographical entries
on both well known and obscure African Americans. He is most recently the author
of In Search of Our Roots (Crown, 2009), a meditation on genetics, genealogy, and race,
and a collection of expanded profiles featured on his PBS documentary series, “African
American Lives.” His other recent books are America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with
African Americans (Warner Books, 2004), and African American Lives, co-edited with
Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford, 2004).
Immediately following the lecture, audience members are invited to attend a public book signing
by Dr. Gates in the Eisenhower Campus Center.
This event is open to the public. Seating is by ticket only; no charge. Tickets available beginning January 14, 2010 through the Messiah College Ticket
Office, (717) 691-6036.