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Saint Leo U-Newport News to Host Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 21

Saint Leo U-Newport News to Host Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 21
Saint Leo U-Newport News to Host Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 21
Saint Leo U-Newport News to Host Black History Month Celebration, Feb. 21
Political Scientist to Present #Me Too, Media and Monsters

NEWPORT NEWS – Saint Leo University’s School of Arts and Sciences will present its annual Black History Month celebration on Thursday, February 21. Noted political scientist Dr. Andrea Simpson will present #MeToo, Media and Monsters: An Intersectional Analysis as the keynote address at 6 p.m.

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. in Room 203 at Saint Leo’s Newport News Education Center, One Bayport Way, Suite 160, Newport News, VA 23606, with presentations by Saint Leo students. They will present short biographies of significant African-American social scientists. At 5:30 p.m., there be an induction ceremony for new members of Alpha Kappa Delta, an international sociology honor society.

The public is invited to this free event and refreshments will be served.

Not only will students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests at Saint Leo’s Newport News location be able to participate in this celebration, but the presentation also will be available via livestream to the main campus at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, FL, in Room 117 A-B in the Student Activities Building, and at the Gwinnett Education Center in Room 3. The center is at 3555 Koger Blvd., Clarkston Building, Suite 105, Duluth, GA 30096.

Simpson is an associate professor of political science at the University of Richmond in Virginia. She serves as a member of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board. The Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section of the American Political Science Association named her first book, The Tie that Binds (NYU Press, 1998) the “Best Book of 1998 on Racial Identity.”

She received the Distinguished Educator Award from the University of Richmond in August 2015, and the Omicron Delta Kappa Award in March 2013 for outstanding service to students in and out of the classroom.

For more information, contact Dr. Eileen O’Brien at or call (757) 249-0390.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 12,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

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