Ethnic Studies Events

The Ethnic Studies program offers free public events throughout the school year, including our annual Ted Johnson Lecture Series and Hip Hop Week celebrations. For more information on upcoming and past events, like us at

 Annual NAU Ethnic Studies Ted Johnson Lecture Series

The Ethnic Studies Program at NAU offers an annual “Ted Johnson Lecture Series” in honor of the university’s first African American professor. Ted Johnson joined the faculty of NAU in 1969 teaching composition, literature and minority literature. Throughout his thirty years on campus, Professor Johnson was very active in civic and political affairs both at NAU and across the state and was a profound and guiding influence on students of all backgrounds. He was involved with many student groups and organizations and was recognized with an Alumni Service Award as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award. 

The inaugural Ted Johnson Lecture was presented on February 6th, 2016 by NAU graduate and prominent attorney, Booker T. Evans, Jr. and was titled, “The Myth of Post-Racial America.”  The Ted Johnson lecture series is made possible by generous gifts from supporters and all donations are used exclusively to cover expenses for the series. If you are interested in supporting this effort to annually recognize Professor Johnson’s legacy, please send donations to the NAUFoundation, with an indication that the gift should be directed to the Ted Johnson Lecture Series #1790, housed in the Ethnic Studies Program.