Receptions and Celebrations...
Appreciation Reception for Professor Audrey T. McCluskey
May 4, 2006
The Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies celebrated the accomplishments of Professor Audrey T. McCluskey during her seven years of service as director of the Black Film Center/Archive, which began in 1999. Hosted by chair of the department Professor Valerie Grim, the program included tributes to McCluskey by students Damien Strecker, Jennifer Heusel, and Ketwana Wilson-McCormick, who worked as research assistants at the BFC/A, as well as by McCluskey's colleague and collaborator Professor Eileen Julien, of the departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, and French and Italian. Also speaking were BFC/A Advisory Board member Dean Patrick O'Meara, of International Programs, and longtime BFC/A supporters Emeritus Chancellor Ken Gros Louis, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Kumble Subbaswamy, and Vice President Charlie Nelms, Office for Institutional Development and Student Affairs. In appreciation of McCluskey's service, Grim presented her with the department's Distinguished Service Award. McCluskey will step down as director of the center on June 30.