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Scholarship and Blackness.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is an African-American historian. He attended Yale University in the late '60s. The New York Times describes Gates as "a 41-year-old academic entrepreneur who has been one of the most sought-after scholars in the country in the last decade." Gates has taught at Yale, Cornell and Duke. Now he's been recruited to revitalize Harvard's African-American studies department, serving as its new chairman. He's written for Newsweek, Time, and The Nation. He recently interviewed Spike Lee on his controversial film about Malcolm X for the New York Times, and has also written a book called "Loose Canons: Notes on the Culture Wars," about multiculturalism. (Oxford University Press).

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Other segments from the episode on June 8, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 8, 1992: Interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Interview with David McCallum; Review of Clancy Sigal's novel "The Secret Defector."

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