Columbus round-table talk planned USA Today writer will moderate

November 16, 1992

USA Today's Barbara Reynolds will moderate a round-table discussion on the contributions and costs of Columbus' voyage to America Nov. 24 at Western Maryland College.

The town meeting-style exchange, "After 500 Years: What Have We Learned?", is sponsored by the United Church of Christ's National Priority Working Group on the Integrity of Creation, Justice and Peace. It will begin at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall and is open to the public. Seating will be limited.

Opening remarks will be by Dr. Robert H. Chambers, president of Western Maryland College. The event will last about two hours and includes a question-and-answer period with the audience.

Participants include:

* Ms. Reynolds, a regular columnist for USA Today's opinion and editorial pages and a nationally recognized reporter and editor. She is the author of the award-winning Jesse Jackson biography, "The Man, the Movement and the Myth," and "And Still We Rise."

She has received much recognition during her 25 years in journalism, including Dollars and Sense's Top 100 Business and Professional Women's award in 1988 and the 1987 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In 1976, she became the second black woman in history to receive a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she studied constitutional law.

* American Indian leader Suzan Shown Harjo, president of the Washington-based Morning Star Foundation for native American cultural rights and arts advocacy and co-founder of the Native American Children's Survival group.

Ms. Harjo, national coordinator for this year's native American education effort prompted by the Columbian Quincentenary, was keynote speaker for Western Maryland's 1991-1992 New Student Colloquium. She is co-chair of the Howard Simons Foundation for Indian Journalists.

* Black historian William Loren Katz, author of 24 books, including "The Black West," "Five Slave Narratives," "Making Our Way: America at the Turn of the Century" and "Breaking the Chains: American Slave Resistance." He is editor of several publications related to the history of racial relations in the U.S.

* Community organizer and activist Roberto Maestas, featured columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Seattle Times. Mr. Maestas is the recipient of numerous public service awards, including President Bush's Daily Point of Light Award. His publications include "El Pueblo: The Gallegos Family's American Journey 1503-1980."

* Anthropologist and linguist Ivan Van Sertima, author of the best-selling "They Came Before Columbus," professor of African studies at Rutgers University and visiting professor at Princeton University. Dr. Sertima is editor of the Journal of Black Civilization and has edited numerous books, including "African Presence in Early Asia," "Great African Thinkers," "Great Black Leaders: Ancient and Modern" and "Black Women in Antiquity."

* Historian and author Ron Musto, an Italian-American proponent of traditional Columbus celebrations and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities, American Academy in Rome Fellowship. Dr. Musto has written several books on religion and theology, including "Liberation Theologies: A Research Guide." His editing projects include "Guide to the Holy Land" and a book of essays called "Renaissance Society and Culture."

* Attorney and activist Mililani Trask, executive director of the Gibson Foundation for Affordable Housing for Native Hawaiians and the recipient of numerous awards for her

efforts to preserve native Hawaiians' land rights and sovereignty. In 1988, she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

* Attorney and writer Robert Grossman, chairman of the Council of the Center for Jewish-Christian Studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary. A Chicago-based lawyer, he writes frequently on issues pertaining to law and justice, including "Opening the Door" for The New

York Times Magazine.

The round-table discussion was organized by the Rev. Arthur T. Cribbs, a minister for the United Church of Christ and former broadcast journalist, and Rosemary Maxey, lecturer in philosophy and religious studies at Western Maryland College. Mr. Cribbs currently serves the UCC as secretary for racial and ethnic minority recruitment.

Information: 857-2290.

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