NYU Professor to Kick Off Multicultural Speaker Series in the College of Health and Human Development

February 15, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Brooke Kroeger, associate professor of journalism and mass communication at New York University, will kick off a multicultural speaker series that will take place in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development this spring.

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Kroegerís presentation, titled “Black for White, White for Black: True Tales of Two Who Passed,” will take place on Tuesday, March 1 from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building). The event, which will be followed by light refreshments and a book signing, is free and open to the public.

In addition to her responsibilities at NYU, Kroeger is an accomplished author whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Newsday, Prologue, the Los Angeles Times Book Review and numerous womenís magazines. She has written two biographies — Nellie Bly: Daredevil, Reporter, Feminist (1994) and Fannie: The Talent for Success of Writer Fannie Hurst (1999) — as well as her latest book, Passing: When People Canít Be Who They Are (2003). The book, which serves as the subject of her March 1 presentation, explores the personal background, societal backdrop and ethical dilemmas of two young people who present themselves in the world in a manner other than how they understood themselves to be.

Kroeger has also served as a United Nations correspondent and a deputy metropolitan editor for Newsday, and as the Tel Aviv bureau chief and then chief editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for United Press International.

Kroegerís presentation is the first of five scheduled to take place this spring as part of the College of Health and Human Developmentís Diversity Enhancement Initiative. The speaker series, titled “Multiracial Realities: Exploring What We Know, Acknowledging What We Are Missing,” will explore societal issues currently facing multiracial individuals and families in America. The Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts is the primary sponsor for the event, with additional support being provided by the Africana Research Center; the Center for Work and Family Research; the Rock Ethics Institute; the Children, Youth and Families Consortium; and the College of Health and Human Development.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at (814) 865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu, or Stephanie Ebeling in the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts at (814) 863-7108 or sje2@psu.edu.