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Spelman College names new president

Spelman College names new president

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will have a new president this summer.

The Board of Trustees announced Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell will take over the reins as the college's 10th's president on August 1.

Campbell has served as dean emerita of Tisch School of the Arts and university professor at New York University.

Current Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum will step down at the end of this school year.

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts conversation with Heidelberg Project creator

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art hosts conversation with Heidelberg Project creator

ATLANTA -- Spelman College Museum of Fine Art will host Connecting the Dots: The Heidelberg Project and the Power of Art, a special conversation with Aku Kadogo, international theater director, choreographer, educator, creative producer of cultural arts projects and Spelman Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Arts, and Tyree Guyton, creator of the renowned Heidelberg Project of Detroit, Thursday, Mar. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Acting on his vision many years ago, Guyton set out to respond to a city that was in a state of disrepair and despondency.  Now in its 30th year, The Heidelberg Project is a thriving arts organization that aims to inspire and enrich all those who experience it.

Spelman College Kenyetta Festival of Women in Jazz celebrates Nina Simone

Spelman College Kenyetta Festival of Women in Jazz celebrates Nina Simone

ATLANTA -- The music and civil rights activism of legendary singer/songwriter Nina Simone will be celebrated at the 5th Kenyetta: A Festival of Women in Jazz at Spelman College, March 26-28, with a series of presentations, lectures and musical performances, including a featured concert by the Geri Allen Trio with special guest artist Carmen Lundy.

“Nina Simone represents the epitome of the complete musician/activist, from the classical-trained pianist, to a composer whose music addresses the Black woman’s experience in America,” said Joseph Jennings, Spelman College artist emeritus in music and festival organizer.

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

Ga. Connections Academy enrollment opens Mar. 3

(WXIA) -- Georgia Connections Academy, a free statewide virtual K-12 school, will begin accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year next month.

Enrollment opens Mar. 3. The school can support 4,000 students; spaces are limited and families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

A free parent information session will be held Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Perimeter Center, which is located at 769 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs. Teachers and currently enrolled families will answer questions and go over the school's curriculum at the session.

For more information about Georgia Connections Academy, visit connectionsacademy.com.

Spelman College hosts symposium on death and dying in African-American culture

Spelman College hosts symposium on death and dying in African-American culture

ATLANTA -- Spelman College will host "When Sorrows Come: A Symposium on Death and Dying in African-American Culture" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, exactly 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X. The program is sponsored by the Spelman College Department of English.

According to Michelle Hite, assistant English professor, the forum will address the contemptuous and deadly disregard for Black life across the social, political, and cultural landscapes in the United States since 1965. Featured symposium speakers include Karla F.C. Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English, Duke University; novelist Ravi Howard; filmmaker Christine Turner; and Winifred Watts Hemphill, president, South-View Cemetery Association.

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

3 counties benefit from Fuel Your School program

(WXIA) -- More than 100 public schools in three metro Atlanta counties will benefit from Chevron's Fuel Your School program.

Through the campaign, Chevron contributes $1 from every gasoline purchase of eight gallons or more to participating schools. Fuel Your School generated $391,146 for 131 schools in Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Many of the projects that are granted funds from the program are part of STEM curriculums. For example, students at Grady High School in Atlanta received a data-gathering device to use in their physics courses.

Chevron said nearly 40,000 students are impacted by the money generated through Fuel Your School.

Spelman College to host Dr. Richard Benson book signing and discussion

Spelman College to host Dr. Richard Benson book signing and discussion

ATLANTA -- Richard Benson, Ph.D., author, advocate, and assistant professor of Education Studies at Spelman College, will share excerpts from his newly released book, Fighting For Our Place in the Sun: Malcolm X and the Radicalization of the Black Student Movement, 1960-1973, at a combined book signing and discussion on Tuesday, Feb.  10.

During the talk, Dr. Benson will discuss the book, which illuminates the untold tenets of Malcolm X's educational philosophy.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will be held at 6 p.m. in the NASA auditorium of the Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center on Spelman's campus. For more information, call 404. 270-5309.