UA chancellor to speak at historical society’s event as part of Black History Month

University of Arkansas Chancellor Charles Robinson speaks at the MLK Day celebratory vigil inside the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on Monday, Jan. 16, 2023. (Flyer Photo/Todd Gill)

University of Arkansas Chancellor Charles Robinson will speak at an event sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society next week as part of Black History Month.

Robinson, the university’s first African-American chancellor, will present a lecture titled “Land-Grant Excellence, This Moment in Time,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 inside the Fayetteville Public Library’s event center.

Robinson will discuss why the UA’s land-grant mission is as important today as it was at the university’s founding in 1871 and will outline his thoughts about higher education, according to a news release.

A meet-and-greet reception will follow the speech.

Robinson joined the UA in 1999 as an assistant professor of history. He has also served the university as provost and executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, vice provost for diversity, vice chancellor for student affairs and director of the African and African American Studies Program.

Robinson’s research and teaching focus on Southern history and race relations, African American studies, sexuality in history and civil rights, among other topics. He has earned several awards for his teaching, including the Fulbright College Master Teacher Award, Arkansas Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year and an induction into the university’s Teaching Academy.

The event is a presentation of the historical society’s Lecture and Statehood Day Committee, Diverse Settlers Committee and Publicity Committee.