Elders was sworn in as the nation's first African-American Surgeon General and only the second woman to hold the post in September 1993. A pediatric endocrinologist, she attended college on full scholarship at age 15 and graduated at age 18. She served in the U.S. Army and then entered medical school on the GI Bill. Currently, she is a professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of Arkansas.
Other Black History Month activities at Hamilton include:
* Thursday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Kirner-Johnson Red Pit - Film: A Question of Color, by Kathe Sandler. A Question of Color confronts the issue of color consciousness within the Black community by exploring its continuing impact from its slavery-era origins to its subtle persistence in today's Black communities. Joseph Dorsey, assistant professor of Africana studies, will lead a discussion following the film.
* Thursday, Feb. 13, 8:30 p.m., Fillius Events Barn - Jazz Concert featuring "Doctuh" Mike Woods, assistant professor of jazz studies.
* Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4:15 p.m., Kirner-Johnson Red Pit - Lecture: The Return of the Black Knight, The African in Arthurian Lore, Reflections of the Construction of English Identity, Maghan Keita, professor of history and director of the Africana studies program at Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
* Thursday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Chemistry Auditorium - Films: The Politics of Love in Black and White and Between Black and White, an exploration of the impact of society and history on determining color in the U.S. Allison Dorsey-Ward, assistant professor of history, will lead a discussion following the film presentations.
* Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m., Kirner-Johnson Red Pit - Film: Daughters of the Dust, by Julie Dash. Set in the legendary sea islands of the south at the turn of the century, Daughters of the Dust follows a Gullah family on the eve of its migration to the north. Reggie Young, assistant professor of English, will lead a discussion following the film.
For more information on any of these events, call the Hamilton office of multicultural affairs at 859-4021.