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Erica Clarke ’05, a doctoral student and graduate teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, was back on the Wesleyan campus on Feb. 1 to give a presentation titled “Crafting Our Own Noose: The Role of African Americans in a ‘Post-Racist’ Society.” Clarke, a keynote speaker for the College’s African American Heritage Month celebration, was welcomed by VWC faculty, staff and current students as she discussed her dissertation research on the history of blackface minstrelsy. Clarke talked about how her communications degree from VWC and liberal arts education prepared her for post graduate study. “It priceless,” “said Clarke. “There was never any limit placed on what I could do with my degree.”