AUBURN – The first lecture in the new “Stone Lecture Series for Multicultural Understanding, Equality and Justice” will feature Cecile Coquet-Mokoko, a professor of American Culture and African American Studies at the University of Tours, France. She will present “Biracial Couples in France and the United States” on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 4 p.m. in room 2223 of the Auburn University Student Center. A reception will follow.
Coquet-Mokoko developed an interest in the concept of interracialism in American history and society as a graduate teaching assistant at Harvard. She received her doctorate from the University of Paris with the dissertation, “The Afro-American Preacher and the Art of Folk Sermon: Poetics of Election,” and has since taught and published on a broad range of topics relating to African American culture. Prior to her appointment at the University of Tours, she taught at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and at Harvard University.
Coquet-Mokoko is on sabbatical at the University of Alabama pursuing research on biracial couples in the southeastern United States. She expressed confidence that her study will, at the least, help provide a more accurate representation of the remapping of racial interactions on the campus of an Alabama university among the members of the younger generation, but may also have implications for the Southeast as a whole.
The lecture series is supported with an endowment funded by Janet and John Stone. A lectureship will be awarded annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to, or are conducting research in, the areas of cultural and racial understanding, equality and justice.
“We are extremely grateful for the generous support in establishing this lectureship endowment. The lecture series will go a long way in promoting multicultural understanding on our campus,” said Overtoun Jenda, Auburn University’s associate provost for diversity and multicultural affairs.