Academics: Special Academic Programs and Offerings

Spelman College Ida B. Wells Distinguished Lecture Series

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished
Lecture and Performance Series

About the Series

The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture and Performance Series is coordinated by Mona T. Phillips, Ph.D, professor in the department of sociology and anthropology, and is housed in the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program directed by Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D., C’78). Supported by President Beverly Daniel Tatum and the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation to promote interdisciplinarity as a core value of the College, the series is named for Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931), 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.

Each year’s theme not only provides an intellectual umbrella for the lectures, but for readings, events, panels and discussion groups throughout the year.

Learn more about our upcoming lectures/performances

Past Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lectures Series Themes and Speakers

Theme: "More than a Vote: Women's Struggle for Full Citizenship"

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, Wake Forest University
Professor Angela Davis, University of California-Santa Cruz

Theme: "'Black Holes and Geometry’:The Politics of Black Women's Bodies"

Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Harvard University
Professor Kimberle Crenshaw, UCLA
Professor Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania, 19104

Theme:  "Stop Telling Stories:  A Year of Speaking" 

Professor Adrienne Davis, Washington University
Professor T. Lang, Spelman College  

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