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Renowned historian and author to keynote Greek life conference

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Aug. 12, 2014) – Lawrence C. Ross, author of “The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities,” will deliver the keynote speech at IU Southeast’s upcoming Greek life conference.

Lawrence C. Ross

Lawrence C. Ross

Ross has presented at more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation about the dynamics of college fraternities and sororities and the issues of hazing. At the Greek life conference, Ross will speak about the importance of unity among all Greek divisions.

His unique perspective, having authored the first book to document the histories of the nine African-American fraternities and sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, will lend an air of tolerance, acceptance and teamwork to Ross’ speech. Thus, opening the doors for discussion about how members of each Greek organization on campus can come together to work for the good of the community.

In addition to his speaking engagements, Ross is known as a screenwriter, journalist, influential writer of African-American history, author of five books, consumer trend expert and social media fanatic. He has worked as both a columnist and reporter, whose stories have appeared in more than 200 newspapers.

Ross currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife April, and their son Langston.

The Greek life conference will be held Saturday, Aug. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Hoosier Room at IU Southeast. Speakers will address topics relevant to collegiate Greek life including Greek unity, recruitment and social media.

For more information about the IU Southeast Greek life conference, contact Channell Barbour, Associate Director of Campus Life, at 812-941-2317.

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