Greek Life

Lawrence Ross speaking at an event

The National Pan-Hellenic Council was pleased to present a lecture by Mr. Lawrence Ross as part of their annual NPHC Week festivities. Mr. Ross is a lecturer, screenwriter, journalist, and author of five books which have granted him several accolades including best seller lists for the LA Times and Essence Magazine, and the "Fall Must Read" list for the National Association of Black Journalists. His book "The Divine Nine: History of African American Fraternities and Sororities" has made him a very popular fraternity and sorority lecturer, having visited over 400 college and universities across the nation.

For the first time, Lawrence Ross spoke at the University of Michigan on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in the Union Ballroom at 7pm. His lecture was open to fraternities and sororities across all councils, non-greek Michigan students, faculty and staff, and all other affiliates of the Michigan community. It was exciting to present this as an NPHC Week event, and as an event that meet some of Greek Life's new Achievement Expectations. Copies of his book "The Divine Nine" were be sold and signed at the conclusion of his lecture.

The University of Michigan National Pan-Hellenic Council consists of the historically, but not exclusively, African American fraternities and sororities. Each Fall, the council hosts its annual “NPHC Week” in late September. NPHC Week hosts a variety of social and educational events that is open to the general student body as a means of kicking off the school-year! The events are intended to offer information about NPHC organizations and culture, give non-greek students a chance to ask questions and express interest, and allow for students to network.  This year NPHC Week was September 25-28th and  included “Myth Busters”, the NPHC Open House, and the Lawrence Ross lecture that engaged students and introduce them to the NPHC.