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Memorial Drive: On Race and Writing | Anti-Racism in Thought and Action Speaker and Discussion Series

When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Erica Canavan   (847) 491-7451

Group: Department of Political Science

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement, Women 150


Professor Natasha Trethewey will be reading from her New York Times Bestselling book “Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir” and discussing the writing process.

Anti-Racism in Thought and Action Speaker and Discussion Series

Two members of the Change Makers Review Committee, Steven Adams and Stefanie Hicks, have partnered with Dr. Alvin Tillery in the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy to curate the Anti-Racism in Thought and Action Speaker and Discussion Series during the 2020-21 academic year. Scholars from a variety of disciplines will share research that provides transformative insights about the multiple crises of race we navigate in the United States. Each lecture will be followed by an interactive discussion or activity to catalyze meaningful reflection and action directed toward creating an anti-racist campus. The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring this series and invite all Northwestern Faculty and Staff to participate.

Speaker Bio:

Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry, including Native Guard (2006)—for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize—and, most recently, Monument: Poems New and Selected (2018). She has also published a book of nonfiction, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast (2010) and a memoir, Memorial Drive (2020), which was a New York Times instant bestseller. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Beinecke Library at Yale, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2017 she received the Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities and, in 2019, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. Currently, she is Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.

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