Renowned Explorer and African-American Scholar Dr. S. Allen Counter to Speak at Lasell

Renowned Explorer and African-American Scholar Dr. S. Allen Counter to Speak at Lasell

March 03, 2015

Dr. S. Allen Counter, founding Director of the Harvard Foundation, and preeminent African-American scholar, explorer and neuroscientist, will speak to members of the Lasell community in celebration of Black History month on March 3 from 2-3 pm in de Witt Hall.

Counter will give a lecture on the Black North Pole explorer Matthew Henson.

The talk, sponsored by Lasell's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Donahue Institute for Values in Public Life, Office of Academic Affairs, and the Center for Spiritual Life, will recount the social and scientific journey of Matthew Henson, the often unsung explorer who was part of the first expeditions to the North Pole.

In 1986, Counter traveled to the northernmost settlements in Greenland on a scientific mission and found the eighty year-old Amer-Eskimo sons of North Pole discoverers Rear Admiral Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson (fathered with Polar Eskimo women during the 1906 expedition). After bringing the existence of these men to international attention, Counter enabled them to fulfill their life-long dream of visiting the birth and resting places of their respective fathers and meeting their American relatives.

On April 6th, 2009, Dr. Allen Counter traveled to the top of Greenland with a letter from President Barack Obama to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the North Pole discovery by Robert Peary and Matthew Henson.

As founding Director of the Harvard Foundation, an agency established to improve intercultural understanding, equality, and peace among students, faculty, and the entire university community, Counter administers more than 200 faculty and student programs each year that serve to inform the Harvard community on matters of culture, ethnicity, and international concerns.

The recipient of numerous national awards, Counter has also served as Consul General of Sweden in Boston and New England and the Swedish Ambassador to the U.S.

For more information visit: http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~counter/index.html