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Black History Month 2014 media sources

Feb 5, 2014

The following University of the Pacific faculty and staff are available to comment on topics connected to Black History Month, from diversity in higher education to the role of the arts in social justice:

Civil rights, constitutional law, voting rights in the South
University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Professor Brian K. Landsberg served as associate counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in Selma, Ala., civil rights cases in 1964, and currently writes and lectures extensively on civil rights and constitutional law. He is the author of the books "Enforcing Civil Rights: Race Discrimination and the Department of Justice" and "Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act." He worked for 22 years the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Contact: Keith Michaud, 209.946.3275 or

History of jazz, contributions of African-Americans to American music
Patrick Langham, professor of music and director of the Jazz Studies Program at University of the Pacific, has developed and taught courses in jazz history, theory, improvisation, and performance, and is able to comment on the significant contributions made by African-Americans to that uniquely American music genre, jazz. Contact: 209-946-3222 or

Jazz and social justice
Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute at University of the Pacific, can talk about the role of jazz in integrating the U.S. military, fostering diplomacy in the Cold War era, supporting civil rights activists, and bringing African-American music and musicians into the national musical mainstream. Contact: Keith Michaud, 209.946.3275 or

African-American theater, theater for social justice
Macelle Mahala, an associate professor of theatre arts, is available to comment on the African-American theater, intercultural theater, and theater for social justice. She is the author of the book "Penumbra: The Premier Stage of African American Drama," which tells of the Penumbra Theatre Company as a significant venue for African-American theater in the Twin Cities region. Contact: Keith Michaud, 209.946.3275 or

Media contact:
Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (Office) | 209.470.3206 (Cell) |

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