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October 2, 2006

CCNY PRESIDENT GREGORY WILLIAMS HOSTS “CONVERSATION WITH DR. ROSCOE C. BROWN,” FORMER TUSKEGEE AIRMAN

NEW YORK, October 2, 2006 – Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr., a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen and former President of Bronx Community College, will discuss his life in a public conversation with City College President Dr. Gregory H. Williams 12:35 p.m. Thursday, October 5, in Room 95, Shepard Hall, on the CCNY campus.

A “Conversation with Dr. Roscoe C. Brown & President Gregory H. Williams” is presented by the CUNY Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC), Finley StudentCenter and CCNY’s Black Studies Program. It is free and open to the public.

 The discussion will explore the range of Dr. Brown’s activities as a celebrated figure in African-American history and education.

About Roscoe C. Brown Jr.

Currently the Director of the Center for Urban Education Policy and University Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, Dr. Brown was one of the African-American pilots who trained at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and distinguished themselves through their bravery and effectiveness as a segregated unit in World War II. He attained the rank of Captain in the Army Air Force and commanded the 100th Fighter Squadron. 

Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Brown received his Bachelor's degree from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a doctorate from New York University, where he was later a full professor in the School of Education. He was founding director of the African American Studies Program at New York University and later President of Bronx Community College.

Active in the arts and media, Dr. Brown has hosted numerous television programs on local stations and cable channels. In addition, he sits on several boards and has received many awards and honors for scholarly and community activities, among them the NAACP Freedom Award and the Congressional Award for Service to the African-American Community. 

An avid runner who has completed the New York City Marathon nine times, Dr. Brown is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who Among Black Americans and Who's Who in American Education.

About Gregory H. Williams

Gregory H. Williams is the 11th president of The City College of New York (CCNY). Since his arrival in August 2001, President Williams' leadership has brought the College increased national recognition. Under his leadership, the State of New York is investing more than a quarter of a billion dollars in new science facilities and a new home for the CCNY School of Architecture. President Williams is leading the first capital campaign in the College’s history, and has already raised more than $160,000,000.

Dr. Williams has five earned degrees, including the J.D. and a Ph.D. from George Washington University, and he holds three honorary doctorates. He has been a university administrator for over 30 years, holding a wide variety of posts at The George Washington University, The University of Iowa, and The Ohio State University. Immediately prior to becoming president of CCNY, he served as Dean of the LawSchool and Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law, The Ohio State University. 

Dr. Williams has published three books and a number of articles and book reviews for The New York Times,The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He is best known for his award-winning and best-selling memoir, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black, which in 1995 was selected as Book of the Year by The Los Angeles Times.

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