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Jan. 10, 1997

Fourth Carver scholar visits campus next week

by Anne Dolan
Iowa State's fourth George Washington Carver Visiting Scholar helped found an interdenominational network in Indianapolis that motivates inner-city youth to set their sights on a college education.

J. Herman Blake, as vice chancellor for undergraduate education at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), formed the alliance with eight black churches to promote education and improve students' performances in elementary and high school.

Blake, with his wife Emily Moore, will visit campus Jan. 15- 17. They recently founded Scholars for Educational Excellence and Diversity Inc., Indianapolis, which assists schools seeking academic excellence for their changing populations.

Nearly all the Carver scholar events will be presented jointly by Blake and Moore. They will give an address as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Memorial Union South Ballroom. The address is titled "Martin Luther King Jr.: Liberal Education and the Philosophy of Nonviolence."

They also will give a talk titled, "Generations of Warriors" from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in the Memorial Union Gold Room. The presentation is an analysis of the life patterns of nine generations of women from one family raised in the same community.

Blake and Moore will present several research seminars and participate in receptions and meetings with students, faculty and staff. A schedule of their public events is on page 8.

Blake has served as vice chancellor and professor of sociology, anthropology and education at IUPUI since 1989. From 1984 to 1987, he was president at Tougaloo College, Mississippi, a historically black, liberal arts college of 700 students. From 1972 to 1984, he was the founding provost of Oakes College at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Blake received a B.A. (1960) from New York University, and M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. degrees (1974) from the University of California, Berkeley. All his degrees are in sociology.

Blake's published work includes Revolutionary Suicide, which he completed with activist Huey Newton in 1973, and a chapter titled "The Challenge in Diversity," which he co-authored for Ethics in Higher Education (1990). In Pathways to the Multicultural Community (1996), Blake contributed a chapter titled "The Creative Abyss: Liberal Education Meets Diversity."

Moore worked for 14 years in the Concordia University System, at the Ann Arbor and St. Paul campuses. At Ann Arbor, she rose to the rank of dean of teacher education and served as interim academic dean for a year before moving to St. Paul. There she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty for three years. She served as presidential adviser for program development for the college in her last year at Concordia College, St. Paul.

Moore earned master's and doctoral degrees in health education.

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