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Ronald Takaki

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Ronald Takaki Lecture

On Wednesday, April 28, 2004, I traveled with Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee (MSU Department of Ethnic Studies) and several MSU students to the University of Minnesota for a guest lecture by Dr. Ronald Takaki, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. Takaki, a native of Hawaii, was tapped in 1967 to teach the first Black Studies course ever offered at any university in the United States.  He is a prolific scholar, with several books and dozens of articles to his credit.  Dr. Takaki spoke in Cowles Auditorium at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center at the University of Minnesota.  His talk was preceded by a wine and cheese reception, and after the lecture there was a book signing.


The Minneapolis skyline, as we made our approach to the University Avenue exit while northbound on Interstate 35W.


The Humphrey Center entrance at the University of Minnesota.


Four MSU students and another attendee (far right) at the wine and cheese reception before the Ronald Takaki lecture.


Left to right: Yueh-Ting Lee, Ronald Takaki, Fred Slocum and James Anderson.


The MSU group with Dr. Ronald Takaki shortly before the lecture began.


Dr. Takaki animatedly discussing Irish and Chinese immigration in the 19th century.

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