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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Invisibility Syndrome of African Americans in Educational Institutions

Anderson J. Franklin, Boston College
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

Building upon Ralph Ellison's classic novel "Invisible Man," Dr. Franklin will discuss his theory about how marginalization of African Americans continues their invisibility in educational institutions in ways more profound than their presence represents.   Dr. Franklin's "invisibility syndrome" theory addresses the psychological experience of confronting disillusionment when talents and potential are ignored, misrepresented or misguided in the service of intellectual traditions.

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Anderson J. Franklin is the Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair at Boston College's Lynch School of Education. Franklin received a B.A. from Virginia Union University, a M.S. from Howard University and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His areas of expertise include the psychological well-being, resilience and health of African Americans, as well as the impact of stereotypes and invisibility upon African American males and females. Franklin is also a scholar of psychotherapy and counseling interventions with adolescent and adult men and families, with a specialty on men of African descent. His published works include: From Brotherhood to Manhood: How Black men rescue their relationships and dreams from the invisibility syndrome (John Wiley & Sons, 2004) and Boys into Men: Raising our African American teenage sons (Dutton, 2000).