Pate, an Associate Professor of African-American and African studies at the University of Minnesota, also teaches fiction writing, English and literature. His written work has appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including the Star Tribune, The Washington Post and USA Weekend.
"Losing Absalom," Pate's debut novel, received a Minnesota Book Award and was named Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. His other novels include the New York Times best-seller, "Amistad: The Novel," "Finding Makeba," "The Multicultiboho Sideshow" and "West of Rehoboth."
Pate's visit is part of a guest lecture series sponsored by ARCC's Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information about the series or other multicultural events on campus, visit www.AnokaRamsey.edu or contact Gary Johnson-Cheeseman, the Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.