"Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and Political in African American Art"

Dawoud Bey: Toyia, Kelvin & Erica II, 1993
Dye dispersion prints, 63 1/2" x 95 1/8".


University News

“Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art” will be on exhibit at the Howard University Gallery of Art (Childers Hall, 2455 6th St.) through Dec. 17. The works are from the Bank of America Collection.

Other upcoming events, which are free and open to the public:

Dancing with Lights Demonstration with Ronald Beverly, professor of photography, Department of Art, Gallery of Art, Oct. 23, 2-3 p.m.

Digital Studio Visit with Michael Platt, professor of printmaking and photography, Department of Art, 1468 Chapin Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, Nov. 13, 1-4 p.m.

More University News…

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The Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR) approved its report, which includes its evaluations of the University’s undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and proposed strategic adjustments to its educational delivery models and academic portfolio. You can access the PCAR report and PowerPoint presentation at In addition, a DVD—“A Look at PCAR Deliberations and Decision Making”—is available in the PCAR office (Howard Center, Room 504). Academic renewal was the focus of the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting, Sept. 23-25. Board Chairman Addison Barry Rand commended members of PCAR for their tireless work over the last academic year to evaluate and access the curricular and programmatic offerings to ensure a viable academic future. “The Board shares your commitment,” said Rand. “Our raison d'être is to ensure that this University continues to thrive.”

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The fall 2010 issue of Howard Magazine is now online. Visit to read the latest issue, “Renewing Our Legacy.”

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The College of Arts and Sciences documented their third annual Summer Study Abroad in Kemet. Visit and click the link for Summer Study Abroad in Kemet, or go directly to the blog at

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The Department of Physiology and Biophysics hosted two of science’s luminaries on Sept. 28. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA, and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, explored the wonders of the cosmos and of life. The event was also hosted by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the Secular Students of Howard University.

Nigerian DelegationPhoto by Justin D. Knight

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost hosted a delegation from Nigeria led by the minister of education, professor Ruqayatu Ahmed Rufai, on Sept. 23 and 24.

TransAfrica Forum launched the TransAfrica Student Association at the University on Sept. 21, making it the first student chapter. The student association will work closely with the staff and organization in an effort to educate and activate people around the issues facing Africa and its Diaspora.

Shirley Sherrod, the Department of Agriculture employee who was fired then offered reemployment by the Obama administration, was the featured speaker for the School of Law’s annual Charles Hamilton Houston Lecture, which coincides with the school’s recognition of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on Sept. 17

The Howard University Student Association (HUSA) celebrated a half-century of student governance on Sept. 12. HUSA hosted the inauguration of its 50th executive president and executive vice president, Brandon D. Harris and William J. Roberts.

Alumna Denice Cora-Bramble, M.D., senior vice president of the Diana L. and Stephen A. Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children’s National Medical Center, delivered this year’s Roselyn Payne Epps, M.D. Pediatric Lecture on Sept. 10, and addressed the issue of childhood obesity.

NCAA VolleyballPhoto by Justin D. Knight

Journalist Roland S. Martin spoke at the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel on “Faith in the Workplace: How Faith and Ethics Impact Professional Responsibility in Media” on Sept. 8. Martin’s discussion is part of an ongoing series addressing how faith and ethics inform, inspire, impact and challenge professional choice and responsibility in all fields of study and professional practice. The event was sponsored by the Spiritual and Ethical Dimensions of Leadership Initiative of Rankin Chapel and the School of Communications.

Phyllis T. Lewis, staff, Sociology and Anthropology Department, published Island Memories, My Life in Trinidad.

Alicia M. Crowe, professor, School of Law, published Real Dads Stand Up! What Every Single Father Should Know About Child Support, Rights and Custody.

Janét R. Griffin, Center for Academic Reinforcement, School of Education, published Sourdough Bread, her tenth published collection of poetry.

Wilma Bonner, Ph.D., director of teacher education, School of Education, co-authored The Sumner Story, a history of the famed all-Black Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kan., prior to desegregation.

William B. Lawson, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital, is a consultant on the A&E series “Hoarders,” which follows people whose inability to let go of their belongings is so out of control that they are on the verge of personal disaster. Yanick Rice Lamb, associate professor and print/online journalism sequence coordinator in the School of Communications, discussed childhood obesity and issues facing Black women on WAMU, 88.5. Chiledum Ahaghotu, M.D., associate professor in the College of Medicine, chief of urology for Howard University Hospital and chair of the urology section of the National Medical Association, discussed prostate cancer awareness and the prostate cancer crisis among African-American men on the “Viewpoint” program on NBC Channel 4.

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Students Alize Beal and Victoria Phifer were selected by the Office of the Vice President to attend a reception at the home of Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden to honor the 16th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. They were selected for their student leadership with Ending Violence Against Women: The HBCU Project.

NCAA VolleyballPhoto by Ceasar

Howard has been certified by the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, designating that the athletics program operates in substantial conformity with the principles set forth by its membership. The certification ensures integrity in the athletics program and it assists institutions in improving their athletics departments. The components that make up the review process include governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender/diversity issues; and student-athlete well being.


James MitchellPhoto by Justin D. Knight

James W. Mitchell, Ph.D., was appointed dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences. A member of the faculty since he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as the David and Lucille Packard Professor of Materials Science in 2002, he most recently served as the director of the CREST Nanoscale Analytical Sciences Research and Education Center in the School of Engineering. Before coming to Howard, Mitchell had a 31-year career at Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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Melanie Carter, Ph.D., former associate dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs in the School of Education, is serving as acting dean of the School of Education. Rev. Kanika Magee was named associate dean in Office of the Dean of the Chapel. James Rada, Ph.D., is serving as chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film for a three-year term, which began July 1. André Powell was appointed assistant vice president for Academic Finance. Steven Grevious was appointed assistant provost for Academic Affairs Information Systems.

In the Health Sciences Enterprise, Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., was named associate dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Science. Thomas Mellman, M.D., was named associate dean for Clinical and Translational Research for the College of Medicine. Kristy F. Woods, M.D., was named associate vice president for Research and Faculty Development in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences. Maya Holt-Brockenbrough was named director of Health Sciences Research. Robin C. Newton, M.D., was named associate senior vice president for Clinical Affairs and Quality. Bernie Galla was named chief information officer for Health Sciences. Oliver Crump was named interim chief operating officer and Lilian Chukwuma was appointed chief financial officer for Howard University Hospital.

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Wayne K. Curry, the former Prince George’s county executive, donated $20,000 to the Howard University Haitian Relief Fund on Oct. 4 to continue the University’s efforts to assist the people of Haiti as they recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake. President Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., and Haitian Student Association President Roberte Exantus accepted the check from Curry. To date, Howard, led by WHUR 96.3 FM, has donated nearly $50,000 to Haitian relief with specific emphasis on care for children and medical services.

A report released by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and Institute of Medicine—“U.S. Must Involve Underrepresented Minorities in Science and Engineering to Maintain Competitive Edge”—ranks Howard second among the top 10 baccalaureate institutions that awarded African Americans doctoral degrees in the natural sciences and engineering from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) for the period of 2002-2006. It also lists Howard among the top 25 baccalaureate institutions that awarded African Americans doctoral degrees in the natural sciences and engineering from an HBCU or a non-HBCU.

To help raise awareness about domestic violence and urge students to take action when they see friends in abusive relationships, Howard launched its Red Flag Campaign on Oct. 1, in partnership with Verizon and Verizon Wireless. As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, red flags were dropped on the campus grounds prior to the campaign launch.

The Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality, the University’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organization celebrated 10 years of existence and 30 years of an LGBTQ organizational presence at Howard this month. A candle-lighting ceremony was held at the flagpole to honor the organization’s founders and past members for their contributions to the organization's livelihood.

In Memoriam

Dr. Burke Mickey SyphaxPhoto by Ceasar

Burke “Mickey” Syphax, M.D., a pioneering surgeon and educational pillar in the College of Medicine, died July 19, at Howard University Hospital. He was 99. Syphax was chief of the Division of General Surgery from 1950 to 1970 and professor and chair of the Department of Surgery from 1958 to 1970. During those periods, he trained 61 surgeons and helped train over 90 percent of the surgeons in the metropolitan Washington area. In his years at Howard, he taught some 5,000 medical students and helped train approximately 275 general surgeons.

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