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Black History Month 2016 media sources

Feb 18, 2016

The following University of the Pacific faculty and staff are available to comment on topics connected to Black History Month, from the fight for civil rights 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, Alabama, 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 in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Contact: 916.739.7103 or

African-American theater, theater for social justice

Macelle Mahala, an associate professor of Theatre Arts at University of the Pacific, 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 explores the Penumbra Theatre Company as a nationally important African-American theater. 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 integration, Dave and Iola Brubeck

Keith Hatschek, a professor in University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, is a scholar of the life and work of jazz great Dave Brubeck and his wife, Iola. He can discuss Brubeck's leadership of an integrated military band during World War II, the Brubecks' jazz musical, "The Real Ambassadors," which was developed for Louis Armstrong, and the Brubecks' other efforts to promote racial equality. Contact: 209.946.2443 or

Media contact: Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (cell) |

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