2017 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Our 2017 keynote speaker was Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry. Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University where she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She is Editor-in-Large at ELLE.com and hosted the television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 weekend mornings on MSNBC.
She is also 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. 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.
Full keynote address by Melissa Harris-Perry:
Keynote presentation slides:
To read more about Melissa Harris-Perry, visit her website at melissaharrisperry.com.
Dr. Frances E. Kendall, author of the chapter “A White Woman Talks to Other White Women” in Dr. Karen Dace’s book Unlikely Allies in the Academy: Women of Color and White Women in Conversation continues last fall’s discussion and begins facilitating meaningful dialogue about coalition and trust building to cultivate allies towards building a more inclusive and equitable UNT. Registration is open to ALL UNT faculty, staff and students regardless of gender or role. A special session for members of UNT’s identity-based organizations will follow the lunch address to begin discussions about long-term efforts to develop bonding and bridging capital.
We recommend downloading the presentation by Dr. Karen Dace and reading through her topic regarding topics aimed at faculty women and professional staff women including cultural humility, intersectionality and improving our inclusive climate here at UNT.