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Scholar to discuss public perceptions of President Obama on Oct. 9

Mark P. Orbe

Athens, Ga. – Mark P. Orbe, a leading scholar of the intersection between race, politics and communication, will deliver a lecture at the University of Georgia titled “‘Post-Racial’ Politics: Public Perceptions of Barack Obama,” on Oct. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in room 142 of the Tate Student Center.

Sponsored by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its department of communication studies and the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity, the lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Orbe is a professor of communication and diversity at Western Michigan University and author of “Communication Realities in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society: What the U.S. Public Really Thinks of President Barack Obama” (Lexington Studies in Political Communication, 2011).

His lecture at UGA is part of the Franklin Visiting Scholars program. Sponsored by the Franklin College Office of Inclusion and Diversity Leadership, the program offers Franklin College departments the opportunity to nominate scholars for two- to four-day visits in the fall and spring semesters to deliver a colloquium, meet with faculty and students and deliver a guest lecture.

Franklin Visiting Scholars are nationally recognized diversity scholars and advocates who engage in research or outreach within their disciplines to facilitate the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students, the development of more multicultural curricula and/or greater awareness of the concerns and realities of minority populations.

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