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Spelman College Ida B. Wells Distinguished Lecture Series

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series

2014 Press Release  | Video | Inside Spelman Article

About the Lecture Series

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture Series, supported by President Beverly Tatum and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, was established to promote interdisciplinarity as a core value of the College. The Series is named for the intellectual, writer and activist Ida B. Wells- Barnett who used multiple analytical languages to confront the politics of the Black body as well as the complexities of full citizenship for Black women and men.

The 2012-2013 theme for the Series' inaugural year was "More than a Vote: Women's Struggle for Full Citizenship." The distinguished lecturers were Angela Davis (fall semester) and Melissa Harris-Perry (spring semester), and much excitement was generated not only on the campus, but throughout the Atlanta community. The annual theme not only provides an intellectual umbrella for the lectures, but for other readings, events, panels, discussion groups etc., throughout the academic year.

Now in its second year, the theme for the Series is "'Black (W)holes and Geometry': The Politics of Black Women's Bodies." The Series title is taken from a 1994 article by Professor Evelynn Hammonds in which she draws on concepts from physics, psychology, mathematics, women's and queer studies in an examination of the "absent presence" of Black women in queer studies. Come join us!

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