Lecturer to discuss African Americans in Stalin’s Russia

Joy Gleason Carew will examine African Americans in Josef Stalin’s Russia during a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the multipurpose room of the Roaden University Center at Tennessee Tech University.

Funded by TTU’s Center Stage, the lecture is the first in the Issues in the African Diaspora series. Carew will discuss what motivated African Americans to migrate to Russia, as well as their treatment within the Soviet Union.

Carew is the author of “Blacks, Reds, and Russians: Sojourners in Search of the Soviet Promise.” She will sign copies of her book from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Noble Cody Executive Suite of the RUC.

Carew was born in Chicago and has degrees from Case Western Reserve University, the University of Illinois, Cornell University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she earned a doctorate in linguistics.

Carew has been in academe for more than 40 years, serving at community colleges, major research universities, small liberal arts colleges and historically black universities. She has designed and led numerous study programs in the Soviet Union, with her latest trip in 2007.

She is the resident linguist in the department of pan-African studies and associate director of the International Center at the University of Louisville.

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