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Citadel News Service

For Release
Nov. 3, 2004

 Open house to feature new African American Studies program

           The Citadel will host an open house to feature the college's new African American Studies minor from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, in the Daniel Library's Rare Books Room.

           The open house will officially introduce the African American Studies program to alumni returning for homecoming this weekend, to parents and the Charleston community. It also will jump start fundraising efforts.

           Launched this fall, the 15-hour minor in African American Studies is designed to encourage an appreciation for the contributions of people of African descent and emphasize the importance of diversity to the Corps of Cadets and the surrounding community. Through the interdisciplinary study of history, politics, English, sociology and culture, the program aims to highlight the significance of race, gender and ethnicity in American history while promoting excellence in teaching, research, community service and traditions in leadership.

           A key part of the program will be the African American Studies Community Outreach Initiative, which will serve as a channel for student, faculty, and staff involvement with the community and surrounding area. Outreach initiatives will include community meetings, conferences, workshops, fundraising and a speakers' bureau.

           The open house is free and open to the public. Many prominent members of the Charleston community and Citadel graduates have been invited.

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