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Activist, scholar, and professor, our beloved Elder Mahmoud El-Kati, was a cornerstone figure for multiculturalism within Macalester and the wider Twin Cities community. This lectureship was launched by Dr. Stanley M. Berry ’75, Mr. Bertram M. Days ’74, and Ms. Ava B. Days to honor Professor El-Kati’s career as a lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience.

Funds from the Mahmoud El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies endowment are used to bring a distinguished scholar to Macalester for an extended engagement that includes a public presentation, classroom appearances, and conversations with students, faculty, and the local community. Candid conversations led by esteemed lecturers and speakers addressing our history, race, and equity issues, as well as solutions are needed now more than ever in the Twin Cities and our country.

Through July 30, gifts to the lectureship will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Trustees Robin Jackson Colman '78 and Broderick Grubb '73.

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