Posted on January 28, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Writer, professor and political commentator Melissa Harris-Perry, who is also a Presidential Endowed Professor of Politics & International Affairs at Wake Forest University, will deliver the keynote address at Bucknell University's First Annual Diversity Summit on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

This lecture will also serve as the 29th Annual Black Experiences Lecture presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender (CSREG) at Bucknell. Prof. Harris-Perry's lecture is titled “Identity, Inclusion & Social Transformation: Centering Race, Power & Privilege,” which is also the theme for the diversity summit.

Harris-Perry, who serves as the director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race & Politics in the South at Wake Forest, is also the executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute. 

Harris-Perry is the author of two books — Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (2011) and Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (2004). She is a columnist for The Nation magazine and a contributing editor to Essence magazine.

Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African-Americans respond to these challenges. Her work is published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African-American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.

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