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Humanities seminar to focus on MLK, black culture

January 10, 2012

The Faculty Seminar Series, “Unintended Consequences: What the Humanities Could Have Told You (If Only You Had Asked),” presented by the Institute for Humanities Research, draws faculty, students and community members together to discuss the concerns and methodologies that characterize and distinguish humanities research.

The Jan. 30 event “Stolen Rhetoric,” features Keith Miller, professor in the Department of English and his topic, “Mangling Martin Luther King: How to Oppress the Poor While Hijacking Affirmative Action,” and Matthew Whitaker, professor of history with the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, and his presentation, “One Nation Under a Groove: How Black Culture Makes America Cool.”

The event will be held at noon in Social Sciences room 109 on the Tempe campus. Refreshments will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. at

The Institute for Humanities Research in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences was established in 2005. It has taken the lead in promoting excellence and innovation in humanities scholarship by contributing to scholarly research that addresses socially significant issues and engaging the community. More information is available at or 480-965-3000.