by Kathy Quirk http://www4.uwm.edu/news/
Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane University, columnist for The Nation, author and frequent guest on MSNBC,
will be the keynote speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Urban Forum Nov. 3, starting at 6 p.m. in the Union’s Wisconsin Room.
Harris-Perry is a founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South, and author of
the recently published Sister Citizen – Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America.
The book discusses how potentially harmful stereotypes profoundly affect black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly
and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena.
In addition to being a regular contributor on MSNBC’s “Sound Off” with Thomas Roberts, Harris-Perry provides expert commentary on
“The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word,” with Lawrence O’Donnell. She filled in as host of the Maddow show for a week last July.
Her research, writing and teaching focus on African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.
In addition to her upcoming book, she is the author of Barbershops, Bibles and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought,
which won the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award.
Her Urban Forum speech will focus on education in a multicultural, multinational world.
Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and her doctorate in political science from Duke University.
Before joining Tulane, she taught at the University of Chicago and Princeton University.
The UWM School of Education has hosted the Urban Forum since 1997. This annual forum is designed to help adult educators, administrators,
community educators, counselors, policymakers, psychologists, teachers and students examine influences across diverse populations;
analyze urban social, political and educational issues; improve skills practices and outcomes; and influence change in urban institutions.