Tricia Rose Opens Black Lives Matter Speaker Series, Thursday, September 24

September 17, 2015 at 3:38 pm
Dr. Tricia Rose

Dr. Tricia Rose

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to welcome Dr. Tricia Rose as the first lecturer in the Black Lives Matter Speaker Series “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” on Thursday, September 24.

Rose will speak about “Making Black Lives Matter” at 6 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Ballroom.

Rose, an internationally respected scholar of post-civil rights era Black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality, will offer insights on the history of Black community-building in late 20th-century and early 21st-century America. Rose has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and other national and local media outlets.

Rose graduated from Yale University where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She earned her Ph.D. from Brown University in American Studies. She is currently a professor of Africana Studies and serves as the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

An $8,000 grant from The Humanities Council SC is assisting the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at USC Upstate in hosting the speaker series this fall. Faculty members in African American studies, history and sociology at USC Upstate have collaborated to make the series possible.

The event is free and open to the public.

To view the full schedule of speakers and topics for the Black Lives Speaker Series, please visit

For more information, contact Dr. Esther Godfrey, interim director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, at (864) 503-5602 or