October 09, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Melissa Harris-Lacewell will give the talk, "Race and the 2008 Elections," on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in Hunt Hall Formal Living Room at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is the 22nd Annual Black Experiences Lecture, sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.

"Professor Harris-Lacewell is a noted authority on U.S. elections and racial issues, so her talk is certain to be especially timely," said Susan Reed, assistant professor of women's and gender studies and anthropology at Bucknell, and director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender at the University. "We are pleased and proud to welcome her to Bucknell."

Princeton University professor
Associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University, Harris-Lacewell has provided expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender issues for television, radio and print news media in the United States and around the world.

She has been a regular contributor on National Public Radio and to theroot.com, and she keeps a political blog, The Kitchen Table.

 She travels extensively and works on behalf of local and national efforts for justice.

One of her most recent interviews was with Keith Olbermann on "Countdown" on Sept. 18, when she discussed vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin. View the video at http://www.strmz.com/Channel2338?link=http://youtube.com/?v=TPH61EkM_7I.

Award-winning author
Harris-Lacewell is the author of the award-winning book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and is working on a new book, Sister Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn't Enough.

Her course, "Disaster, Race and American Politics," explored the multiple political meanings of Hurricane Katrina. She has taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race.

Harris-Lacewell received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. She is a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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