HOUSTON- Dr. Ervin James, III, a professor at Paul Quinn College, has been selected to participate in the 2013 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on African-American Struggles for Freedom and Civil Rights at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.
This will be Dr. James’ second time visiting Harvard. In 2012, he participated in the Teaching With Technology Workshop sponsored by EdTechTeacher. A rising star among Paul Quinn’s faculty, Dr. James is an associate professor of History and African-American Studies.
The four-week program is hosted by renowned scholar and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. Dr. James will participate with educators from around the world in the program, which is broken into four parts– From Reconstruction to World War I, America between the Wars, World War II and Its Aftermath, and The Civil Rights/Black Power Era.
“Dr. James is making good on the promise we recognized when we hired him,” said Paul Quinn’s President Michael J. Sorrell. “He is well on his way to becoming our first homegrown academic star produced during this era of the Quinnite Nation. We are so proud.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me both personally and professionally,” said Dr. James. “Personally, I look forward to networking and benefiting from the knowledge and wisdom of some of the leading scholars in my academic discipline. Professionally, I am eager to return to Paul Quinn College with innovative ideas that will further enrich our humanities curriculum and student learning experience.” Dr. James’ teaching project will focus on humanities curriculum for Paul Quinn’s History and African American Studies courses. He will also research Cape Verdean and Afro-Carribbean immigrant participation in the Boston Public School Desegregation Movement.
A native of Cincinnati, Dr. James has been at Paul Quinn since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Tuskegee University, his master’s in History from Texas Southern University, and his Ph.D. in History from Texas A&M University.
The mission of Paul Quinn College is to provide a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in their communities. Paul Quinn’s president is Michael J. Sorrell, Esq.