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Colin Powell to be spotlight of guest lecture Friday, teacher workshop Saturday

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Jeffrey J. Matthews, professor and director of the Business Leadership Program at the University of Puget Sound, will present a lecture on General Colin Powell Friday (Jan. 30) at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Cate Teacher Education Center (TEC).

     The lecture, the first in the Southeastern Department of History and Political Sciences’ annual Black History and Politics Lecture series during February, is scheduled for 10 a.m. in  room 1022 of the Teacher Education Center, 1300 N. General Pershing St.

     Matthews, who earned his doctoral degree in history at the University of Kentucky, is the co-editor with Southeastern history professor Harry Laver of the new book “The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell.” He is at work on a forthcoming biography of Powell and also authored “Alanson B. Houghton: Ambassador of the New Era.”

     Matthews and Laver will sign copies of “The Art of Command” at the lecture.

     The professors will also be guest scholars on Saturday (Jan. 31) at “African-Americans in Business, Education, and the Military,” a workshop offered through the Department of History and Political Science and the Tangipahoa Parish School District’s Teaching American History Grant.

     Teachers can earn six hours of continuing learning units (CLU’s) and a $65 stipend for the workshop, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 101 of Southeastern’s Fayard Hall, 1205 North Oak St.

     The workshop will provide innovative teaching methods and “technical tricks” to prepare teachers to observe Black History Month in their classrooms.

     Matthews will present sessions on Powell and on “African-Americans in Business History,” while Laver will conduct an interview with Tangipahoa Parish resident and long-time educator Fochia Wilson, a Depression-era graduate of Tuskegee University, former principal of O.W. Dillon Elementary, and founder of the Sweet Home African American History Museum in Kentwood.

     To register, contact TAH Project Director Ann Trappey at, 985-748-2443 or 985-748-2445 (fax). Priority will be given to American and Louisiana History teachers, but all teachers are welcome to attend.

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