Princeton Professor, Pundit to Deliver Keynote Address for Black History Month (Rescheduled from Feb. 10)

Posted February 22nd, 2010 at 2:29 am.

Photo of Melissa Lacewell-HarrisMelissa Harris-Lacewell will give the keynote address for Bryn Mawr College’s celebration of  Black History Month at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, in Thomas Great Hall. The lecture,  “Your Black Is Not Like Mine: How Gender Complicates African American Politics,” is free and open to the public.

Harris-Lacewell is an associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University. She is the author of the award-winning book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought. She is currently at work on a new book, Sister Citizen: A Text For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Politics When Being Strong Wasn’t Enough.

Her academic research is inspired by a desire to investigate the challenges facing contemporary black Americans and to better understand the multiple, creative ways that African Americans respond to these challenges. Her interests include the study of African-American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.

In addition to her scholarly publications, Harris-Lacewell regularly provides expert commentary on U.S. elections, racial issues, religious questions, and gender concerns for both The Rachel Maddow Show and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Her writings have appeared in newspapers throughout the country, and she is a regular contributor at

She travels extensively, speaking in the United States and abroad. In 2009, Harris-Lacewell became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University. Also in 2009 she delivered the prestigious Ware Lecture, becoming the youngest woman to ever do so.

Harris-Lacewell received her bachelor’s degree 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 currently a student at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Harris-Lacewell’s lecture is sponsored by Bryn Mawr College’s Office of Intercultural Affairs, in conjunction with the student group Sisterhood.

For more information, contact Vanessa Christman at

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