Since 1987, Bucknell University has organized an annual Black Experiences Lecture. Each fall the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender sponsors this Lecture, focused primarily on the African American experience. The Black Experience Lecture is intended for a wide audience and draws audience members from the campus as well as the local community. The series has featured prominent scholars from a range of disciplines including political science, linguistics, anthropology, history and photography.

Diane Nash

Diane Nash, Pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Trout Auditorium
FREE and open to the public || Poster

"The Movements of the '60s: A Legacy for Today"

A Chicago native who had never experienced segregation in public accommodations before moving to the South, Diane Nash went on to become one of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement.

Nash's involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee — the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters — as well as one of the founding students of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. Her many arrests for her civil rights activities culminated in Nash being imprisoned for 30 days in 1961, while she was pregnant with her first child.

Diane Nash is the recipient of numerous awards, including the War Resisters' League Peace Award; the Distinguished American Award presented by the John F. Kennedy Library; the LBJ Award for Leadership in Civil Rights from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; and an honorary doctorate of human letters from Fisk University, her alma mater.

Her work has been cited in numerous books, documentaries, magazines, and newspaper articles, and she has appeared on such TV shows and films as Spike Lee's Four Little Girls, and PBS's Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954-1965.

Recent Speakers

2013: Sami Schalk

"Blackness and Disability: From Slavery to a Not-so-Distant Future"

2012: Barbara Smith

"Black Feminist Activism: My Next Chapter"

2011: Ben Vinson III (Johns Hopkins University)

"Black Synergies: Surveying Afromexican History with African American Linkages"

2010: Michelle M. Wright (Northwestern University)

"Black, But Not Like You: Race and Representation in the Age of Obama"

2009: Jennifer Bloomquist (Gettysburg College)

"Looney Coons: Language, Race, and Ethnicity in Animated Film"

2008: Melissa Harris-Lacewell (Princeton University)

2007: Michael Gomez (New York University)

2006: Michael Blakey (College of William and Mary)

2005: Deborah Willis (New York University)

2004: Joy James (Brown)

2003: Tricia Rose (UC-Santa Cruz)

2002: Wahneema Lubiano (Duke)

2001: Kendall Thomas (Columbia)

2001: Lewis Gordon (Brown)

2000: Christopher Edley, Jr. (Harvard)

In the 1990s, Bucknell hosted Cornel West (1991), Mary Helen Washington (1992), Angela Davis (1994), Michele Wallace (1995), and Kimberle Crenshaw (1998).

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