Vernon Andrews to Speak at Simpson’s 7th Biannual Faculty Lectureship Series

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Vernon Andrews, visiting professor at California State University, Chico, will speak at Simpson University’s Faculty Lectureship Series March 8. The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. in the LaBaume-Rudat building in room 204 on the Redding campus.
Professor Andrews’ talk is entitled “Race Relations 3.0: A Black/New Zealand Response to American Racial Dilemmas,” a lecture that will address recent discussions of race in The Slate, Simpson’s student newspaper.
Dr. Mardy Philippian Jr., chair of the Simpson Faculty Lectureship Series, describes the series as an opportunity to bring professors from other colleges and universities to present their research and creative work to Simpson University and the broader Redding community.
“We are pleased that the Faculty Lectureship Series continues to grow in participation and draw speakers and audiences from around the country and the greater Redding area,” said Dr. Philippian. “Professor Andrews’ subject, race in America, is a sensitive topic, but it’s always a timely one in America. We’ve been wanting to have a speaker on this topic for some time.”
Prior to teaching in Chico, Andrews was an associate professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he taught courses on identity and American sports culture. He took a one-year sabbatical to be a visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley, where he taught in the sociology department.
Andrews holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communication from Chico State, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an academic qualification in marketing management from Tulane University.
Since 1996 Andrews has published nearly 20 articles, including “African-American Nonverbal Culture”; “Church, Community, Sport and LeBron James”; and “Hip-Hop Culture Coming Soon to a Classroom Near You?” in Black Psychology, Journal of African American Society, and Australasian Journal of American Studies to name a few.


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