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International genealogist to deliver MLK Day keynote

January 13, 2014

An international genealogist and writer will deliver the keynote address on Martin Luther King Day Monday.

Kathleen Brandt ’81 will present “The Invisible Staircase” at 3 p.m. in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall. The talk is based on King’s observation that one doesn’t have to see the whole staircase in order to take the first step.

Brandt will also conduct a workshop at 9 a.m. for students using a historical case study on how early pioneers forged ahead, regardless of obstacles.

Brandt is a consultant who has worked with corporations on historical, cultural and genealogical projects. She has researched for television episodes of TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” series, researching the genealogy of celebrities including Reba McEntire and Ashley Judd; and has provided research for The History Channel’s “How the States Got Their Shapes.”  

Brandt is also the author of a3Genealogy, an educational and skill building blog that explores various cultural and ethnic issues and provides genealogy research tips.

MLK Day activities also include an interactive program for students and a service project.

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