McPhail replaces Belafonte as keynote

Harry Belafonte, who was supposed to appear at this year’s Race and Pedagogy National Conference, will not be able to travel to the University of Puget Sound for the conference as he is currently feeling ill and was advised not to travel. He was originally scheduled to deliver the Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture on public affairs and the arts as well as the keynote address for the conference.

Belafonte cancelled earlier this week. Not much information is available regarding the details of his illness.

“Our regards to Mr. Belafonte. We hope that he gets well and we are extremely sorry that he will not be able to attend the conference,” Shirley Skeel, Media Relations Manager for the University of Puget Sound said.

The new keynote speaker will be Dr. Mark McPhail from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. McPhail is a scholar on the politics of language and race, who provided expert witness at the United Nations Rwanda genocide trials. He will be speaking Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. “Where Do We Learn From Here: The Rhetoric and Politics of (Dis)Integration.”

Tickets already purchased will still be honored or they may be exchanged for a full refund at the Wheelock Information Center.