Clemson University’s Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education launched a biannual lecture series to encourage conversation and highlight research about issues affecting African-Americans across the educational continuum.

Cherese Fine, program coordinator at the Charles H. Houston Center, and DeShawn Preston, a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the center, presented the first lecture titled “Supporting Black Students through the Graduate Experience.”

James W. Satterfield Jr., an associate professor at Clemson University, led the second Charles H. Houston Center Lecture in early February. Satterfield presented his research on the intersection between intercollegiate athletics and the community at large in his lecture, “Athletic Casting Call: Factors Contributing to the Social Construction of Black Male College Athletes.”

To further promote engagement, the center initiated a new series last fall, the Charles H. Houston Center Film and Discussion Series, to promote intellectual and scholarly discourse about issues related to race and education.

“The series will enable students, faculty, administrators, staff and the community to utilize films, documentaries and other media to facilitate conversations about the impact of race in educational settings,” said Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of the Charles H. Houston Center and distinguished professor of educational leadership in Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education.

As part of the Eugene T. Moore School of Education, the Charles H. Houston Center examines issues impacting educational experiences and outcomes of African-Americans, studies educational policies and programs affecting African-Americans, and disseminates information regarding the African-American experience in education.