ATLANTA (March 7, 2016)—Clark Atlanta University (CAU) President Ronald A. Johnson today announced the University’s 2016 Founders Week schedule, including the annual Founders Day Convocation, Thursday, March 17, at 10:45 a.m. in the University’s Epps Gymnasium. The Convocation speaker will be Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D., founder and president of Economic Education, the Washington, D.C.-based, 501(c)3 illuminating connections between personal finance and economic policy, and author of Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy (October 2015).
Malveaux, a native San Franciscan, earned the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Boston College and in 1980 earned the Ph.D. in economics from MIT. She is a nationally sought-after speaker, writer and public intellectual. Her perspectives on issues--race, gender and their economic impact, in particular--continue to shape public opinion nationwide. Her weekly newspaper columns appeared across the United States from 1990-2003, and her writing has been published in myriad publications, including Black Issues in Higher Education, Essence, Ms. Magazine and USA Today. In addition to her roles as TV and radio host, she has shared her commentary on networks, including: ABC, BET, CNBC, CNN, C-Span, Fox News, MSNBC, PBS, and TV-One, among others.
In her service as the 15th president of Bennett College, the nation’s oldest historically black college for women, Malveaux transformed the institution by focusing on leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications and global awareness. During her five-year tenure, the college secured its 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, significantly improved facilities and embarked on a $21 million capital improvements program, its first in more the 25 years. Prior to her time at Bennett, Malveaux was a member of the faculty or a visiting faculty member at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions: the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California (Berkeley), Michigan State University and Howard University. She is the recipient of four honorary degrees and presently serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute and the United Medical Center of Washington, D.C.
The University’s Founders Week annually uplifts its rich history and pays homage to the academic, social and cultural legacy of its parent institutions, Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). This year’s schedule includes a range of exciting activities:
Monday, March 14:
-Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant speaks on creating plans for financial
success (Henderson Student Center, 12:30pm; RSVP to 404-880-8069)
Future Georgia Educators’ Day (AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library Exhibition Hall, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Thursday, March 17:
-Founders Day Convocation (Epps Gymnasium, 10:45 a.m.)
Friday, March 18:
-Julianne Malveaux, Ph.D., signs copies of her book, Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy
(CAU Bookstore, Atlanta Student Movement Blvd., 11am – 12:30 p.m.)
Saturday, March 19:
-The Annual Spirit of Greatness Gala, hosted by Clark Atlanta University and the Clark Atlanta University
Alumni Association (Tickets $150 at CAUAA.org; Cobb Galleria Center, 6:30 p.m.)
Sunday, March 20:
CAU Founders Week Chapel Service with the Rev. Dr. Elaine Crawford, University chaplain (Davage Auditorium, Haven-Warren Hall, Main Campus, 10:45 a.m.)
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