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.

Recent Speakers

2017: Karyn Lacy, (University of Michigan), "Growing Up Around Blacks: Strategic Assimilation in Middle-Class Suburbia"

2016: Angela Harris (UC Davis), "Food, Farming, and Freedom: The New Black Agrarians"

2015: Melissa Harris Perry

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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