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Boyd-Lubker presentation on March 17 to focus on apartheid and social justice

Dr. Darrell Kruger, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at Appalachian State University, and Dr. Vernon Domingo, Professor of Geography at Bridgewater State University, will present Surviving Apartheid and Committing to Social Justice as part of the 2016 Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program at WKU.

The Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program will be presented at 7 p.m. March 17 at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium.

The Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program will be presented at 7 p.m. March 17 at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. March 17 at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture also will be available via Adobe Connect at connect.wku.edu/boyd_lubker.

The discussion will focus on the nature and day-to-day functioning of apartheid and the attempts, eventually successful, to abolish apartheid. The conversation will explore the lessons of the apartheid project and what individuals and institutions can take away from this historical tragedy in order to create a better world for all.

About the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Vernon Domingo is professor of geography at Bridgewater State University. He was born in South Africa and during the apartheid years he was classified as a Black South African, “Coloured” according to the then government’s system of repression. He was expelled from a university for “Coloured” students because of his political involvement and eventually he was able to complete his graduate studies in the United States through a grant from the U.S. State Department. Professor Domingo’s research interest focuses on access to water at the local level in the third world and especially in South Africa.
  • Dr. Darrell P. Kruger is professor of geography and provost and executive vice chancellor at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He is a bilingual South African who migrated to the United States nearly three decades ago to study cultural-historical geography at Louisiana State University under the direction of Sam B. Hilliard. A hallmark of his personal and professional life is his ability to cross boundaries whether they be linguistic, national, disciplinary, and academic-administrative. These experiences continue to broaden his worldview and ability to navigate and negotiate cultural contexts and mind sets as well as bridge perceived boundaries. He directed a Group Projects Abroad Fulbright to South Africa and was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to his tenure at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Illinois State University he has held administrative positions as associate dean, associate Vice President, Dean, and coordinator of the Louisiana and Illinois geography alliances in collaboration with the National Geographic Education Foundation.

About the Boyd-Lubker program: In 2000, the Boyd-Lubker Visiting Scholars Program was created through a gift by Drs. Bobbie and Lynn Lubker in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Boyd. The program provides resources for bringing to campus each spring a scholar who will both give a general audience presentation and also meet with various campus groups and the community.

Contact: Dr. Jie Zhang, (270) 745-2933

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