Princeton Professor and Political Commentator To Give Carleton Convocation on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 16 2009 10:50 am
Jan 16 2009 11:50 am

Harris-LacewellMelissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University, will present a convocation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, January 16 at 10:50 a.m. in Carleton College’s Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “A Martin Luther King Celebration,” Harris-Lacewell’s presentation is free and open to the public.

Fellow Princeton professor Cornel West has stated that Harris-Lacewell is “one of the most talented intellectuals of her generation.” Her academic research spans the topics of race, politics, religion, gender and public opinion. Harris-Lacewell is the author of “Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,” which received the 2005 W.E.B. DuBois book award and the 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics division of the American Political Science Association. She is currently working on a second book entitled “Sista Citizen: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn’t Enough.”

Harris-Lacewell has taught at all levels, from grade school to graduate school. Her visit to Carleton will come immediately after leading a day-long workshop on community organizing through the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Project.  She sees her college courses and community workshops as “sites of democratic deliberation on race.”

In addition to her research and teaching engagements, Harris-Lacewell is regularly called upon to lend insight as a political commentator for major news outlets.  She regularly appears on MSNBC and Democracy Now, and has also made appearances on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” “The Bill Moyers Program,” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Professor Harris-Lacewell received her bachelor’s degree in English from Wake Forest University, and her doctorate in political science from Duke University. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary, and is currently a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

For more information, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4308.