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.

Melissa Harris Perry

Melissa Harris Perry, Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, March 29, 7 - 9 p.m., Weis Center
FREE and open to the public

This year, Melissa's talk will also be a part of the Bucknell University's First Annual Diversity Summit.

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is the host of Melissa Harris-Perry, which broadcasts live on MSNBC. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.

Recent Speakers

2014: Diane Nash

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

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)

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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