Political commentator, journalist Melissa Harris-Perry to speak at Auburn University

AUBURN – Political commentator, journalist and academic Melissa Harris-Perry will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Women’s Studies awards luncheon Wednesday, March 9, at 11:45 a.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. She will give the talk, “Re-Imagining Leadership: Gender, Race, and Contemporary Politics.”

Reservations for the luncheon can be made at http://media.cla.auburn.edu/womens_studies/luncheonForm.cfm through Wednesday, March 2.

Harris-Perry is a regular guest on the Rachel Maddow Show, providing expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions and gender concerns. Her columns appear in “The Nation” and elsewhere in the national media.

Harris-Perry is in her last semester at Princeton University as an associate professor of political science and African-American studies, and will join the political science faculty at Tulane University in July. She received her bachelor’s 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 also a master’s of divinity student at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

She is the author of the award-winning book, “Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,” and is currently working on a new book, “Sister Citizen: A Text for Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn’t Enough.”

The cost of the luncheon is $25. Checks should be sent by mail to Women’s Studies Program, 3227 Haley Center, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849. Seating is available for those who want to hear the lecture but do not wish to purchase lunch. A flier for the event is available at http://cla-web.auburn.edu/womensstudies/assets/docs/RevisedHarris-PerryFlyer.pdf.

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts that offers an undergraduate and graduate minor. Throughout the year the Women’s Studies Program also brings to campus speakers and special programs relating to women and gender. The luncheon is sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts, The Multicultural Center and Access Community Initiatives. More information about courses and programs in Women’s Studies can be found at http://cla-web.auburn.edu/Womensstudies/index.cfm.

Contact: Denise Smith, Women’s Studies Program, (334) 844-6156 (smitdlo@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)