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Black History Month Lecture Set for Feb. 16

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    Craig Watkins (Photo by Marsha Miller)

Lecture will focus on blacks and social media

The Office of Diversity Education and the student organization EBONY are co-sponsoring a Black History Month lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballrooms.

The lecture will be given by Dr. S. Craig Watkins, who is a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and an associate professor of radio-television-film at UT-Austin.

Watkins has been researching young people’s media behaviors for more than 10 years. He is the author of Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema; Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement; and The Young and The Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future. His work has been featured on National Public Radio, The Tavis Smiley Show, ABC World News Tonight, MTV.com, FOX.com and ESPN.

Watkins’ talk is titled “To Be Young, Digital, and Black: Understanding Black Youth Culture in the Age of Social Media.” The lecture is free and open to the public.