African American Studies Visitor

Molefi Asante, professor of African American studies at Temple University, will visit St. Mary's College of Maryland tomorrow as part of a Black History Month celebration.

During his visit, Asante will address the campus on "Africans and African Americans: Past, Present and Future" as the 2003 Carter G. Woodson lecturer. The talk is scheduled for 8 p.m. in St. Mary's Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

A prolific writer with 51 books to his credit, Asante wrote "Afrocentricity," "The Afro-Centric Idea" and "Kemet, Afrocentricity and Knowledge," which are considered key Afrocentric works. At Temple, he created the first doctorate program in African American studies.

Judges Discuss Judicial System

Can individual rights be blindsided in today's atmosphere of national security threats? Can America be a model for the world in this post-Sept. 11 environment?

Such issues will be discussed when St. Mary's College of Maryland and The Center for the Study of Democracy present "Four Judges on Judging: The State of the American Judicial System" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cole Cinema at the Campus Center. The program and a reception are free and open to the public.

The round-table discussion will feature four jurists from the federal and state court systems: recently appointed Karen H. Abrams of the St. Mary's County Circuit Court, the first female judge on that court; U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson of the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte of Maryland; and Judge James A. Kenney III of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, who also teaches at the college. Susan Grogan, associate professor of political science, will moderate. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.

Parent Nights at CSM Campuses

Parents looking at higher education options for their children may be able to get some answers at the College of Southern Maryland's Parent Nights.

"This is the first time CSM has offered information sessions tailored specifically for parents," Lisa Romano, the school's admissions coordinator, said in a statement announcing the programs.

The sessions will address factors such as cost, admission, registration, financial aid and transferring to a four-year institution.

For the third consecutive year, CSM ranks among the top three community colleges in Maryland with the highest four-year graduation/transfer rate.

Parent Nights will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Leonardtown campus; 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at the La Plata campus; 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Prince Frederick campus; and 5:30 p.m. March 6 at the Waldorf Center.