St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Black Student Union to introduce the inaugural Elizabeth Barber Walker Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 22, with guest speaker April Ryan. Ryan’s lecture, “A White House Correspondent’s View in Black & White, Unmasking Oppression;” will take place from 4:15 – 5:30 p.m. in the Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall on the College’s campus. A book signing will follow the event from 5:45- 6:30 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Ryan is White House reporter for American Urban Radio Networks, and a CNN Political Analyst. She has a unique vantage point as the only Black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. She is the author of the award-winning books, “The Presidency in Black and White,” and her latest book, “At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White.”

The Elizabeth Barber Walker Lecture Series honors the College’s first Black graduate, Liz Walker.

Visit for information on additional upcoming speakers such as political analyst and commentator Kathleen Parker on March 22 who describes herself as “slightly to the right of center;” David E. Sanger on April 6 presented by the Presidential Lecture Series; GOP staple and communications strategist Ed Gillespie on April 12; and comedian, actor, and writer Tig Notaro on April 20 presented by the Annual Mark Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2024-2025. St. Mary’s College, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,600 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.