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January 29, 2002

The Woods Hole Black History Month Committee is sponsoring three events in Woods Hole during the month of February. The national theme for the 2002 Black History Month observation is "The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?" Admission to all events is free.

The first event will feature a lecture by Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila, a Nigerian-born economist who is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre in Vancouver. In his talk "Impact of Marine Protected Areas on the Economic Payoffs to Different Fishing Sectors," Sumaila will discuss Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which are restricted areas or no-fishing zones. MPAs are seen as useful fisheries management tools in the face of disappointments with present management practices. Sumaila will present a model that is used to examine how the establishment of MPAs may affect the payoffs to the two main vessel types used to exploit cod&Mac247;trawlers and coastal vessels. Sumaila's talk will be held on Friday, February 15 at 3:00 pm in the Marine Biological Laboratory's Lillie Auditorium. A reception in the Lillie lobby will follow the presentation.

Sumaila studies natural resource economics (in particular fisheries economics), applied game theory, and environmental economics. He earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway and received a B.Sc. with honors in Quantity Surveying from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. In addition to his position at the Fisheries Centre, Sumaila currently holds several other appointments including Senior Research Fellow at Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway; Visiting Professor at the University of Tromsø in Norway; and Visiting Professor at the University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia.

Remaining Black History month events will be held on Thursday, February 21. Dr. Alan V. Comedy will speak about "The Influence of Race and Racism on Image" at 3:30 pm in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Redfield Auditorium, Water Street. Comedy has 22 years of leadership and management experience in higher education. He is currently the Assistant to the President for the Office of Affirmative Action/Minority Affairs and Progress and Outreach at Bridgewater State College. Comedy will explore how race and racism became a factor in his life and shaped his career and how other people of color are being affected by race and racism in our society. He will discuss several questions including: Is there a responsibility that people of color and non-people of color should assume to ensure fair play and freedom in our society? and What should be the role of those in higher education?

Comedy received his Bachelors degree in Sociology and Psychology from Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1970, and his Masters degree in Education and Social Sciences from Antioch University in 1972. He pursued post-graduate work in Education and Social Sciences at Federal City College before receiving and his Juris Doctorate from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1980. He has held positions at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado; the SUNY Health Sciences Center in Syracuse, New York; Charles County Community College in La Plata, Maryland; the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, DC; and The Catholic University of America.

Comedy's lecture will be followed by the annual Harambee from 4:30 to 7:30 pm in the Marine Biological Laboratory's Swope Center. The Harambee is an ethnic potluck feast that will feature live music, storytelling by Vird Williams, a display and sale of books sponsored by Isiah Thomas Books of Cotuit, a quilt display by Charlotte McCane, and afrocentric handicrafts by Wright Creations.

Woods Hole Black History Month events are sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory; the National Marine Fisheries Service; the U.S. Coast Guard Group Woods Hole; the U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center; and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Further information on any of these events can be found on the Woods Hole Black History Month website at http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/outreach/WHBHMC/ or by calling the Marine Biological Laboratory Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or the News Office at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at (508) 289-3340.