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Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. to Kick Off Ivy Tech’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates presents “Finding Your Roots” at the Kokomo Event and Conference Center (1500 North Reed Road [US 31]) on Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.

“It is fitting as we look back on the college’s history, reflecting on our roots as an institution, that we kick off the 50th anniversary with a really dynamic, nationally-renowned speaker,” says Susan Maxson, event chair. “No one could be more appropriate than Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

Harvard professor, author and literary critic, Gates is an expert in exploring the past. At the core of his work with PBS, Gates examines race, culture and identity through genealogy and history to unveil who we are and where we come from. His presentation will inspire those who attend to find their roots.

Tickets for the event are $50 each, including dinner, and are available for purchase online here. For more information, contact Susan Maxson at (800) 459-0561, ext. 221 or at  smaxson@ivytech.edu.

Ivy Tech Community College will officially mark its 50-year anniversary on March 15, 2013, and each of Ivy Tech’s 14 regions will host celebrations throughout the year to commemorate the college’s history. A statewide gala is also being planned for Sept. 6, at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually on campuses throughout Indiana. It offers affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.