Cynthia Hudley, a Professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, has been named interim executive director of the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum in Los Angeles. Hudley had served as the vice president of the board of directors for the Library and was a longtime Clayton family friend. Hudley succeeds Avery Clayton, the son of the library’s founder who passed away November 26.
The Mayme Agnew Clayton Collection of African American History & Culture is the largest and most academically substantial independently held assemblage of its kind in the world. It is second in size and scholarly scope to the renowned Schomburg Collection in the New York City Public Library. The collection was assembled over a 40-year period by Mayme Agnew Clayton, Ph.D., (1923 - 2006), a career university librarian and a collector of great brilliance. Dr. Clayton’s singular commitment to preserve African American culture and history was inspired by her desire to ensure that children would know the richness and diversity of African American contributions to American and the world.
Cynthia Hudley is part of two emphases in the Department of Education: Child and Adolescent Development and Special Education, Disabilities & Risk Studies. Hudley is the author of You Did That on Purpose: Understanding and Changing Children’s Aggression (Yale University Press 2008) and co-author, with Adele Gottfried, of Academic Motivation and the Culture of Schooling (Child Development in Cultural Context) (Oxford University Press 2008). Hudley has developed an aggression reduction curriculum, the BrainPower program, to improve peer relations in elementary school. This program has been designated a “Promising Program” by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Hudley is currently the Vice President of Division E (Counseling and Human Development) for the American Educational Research Association. Hudley also was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Committee on Scholars of Color at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2009 conference.
[Cynthia Hudley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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