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Speeches and Writings

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.

Mary Schmidt CampbellThe writings and speeches of Spelman College's president Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. are full of insight about higher education and issues facing colleges and the country in the 21st century and beyond.


Aug. 16, 2018
"The Art and Science of Becoming You"
Opening Convocation


Keynote Address: Terms of the Debate: The Battle for the Black Body
Black Portraitures IV: The Color of Silence

Oct. 13, 2017
"The Role of the Arts in a Democratic Culture"
National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Aug. 25, 2016

"Reflections on Leadership for the 21st Century"
Opening Convocation: Spelman College Class of 2020
April 9, 2016

2016 Inaugural Address

March 13, 2016
"Designed, Defined and Destined for God’s Purpose"

Women’s Day Speech Delivered at Abyssinian Baptist Church


Aug. 16, 2015
"A Sound Eye, A Body Full of Light"

Opening Convocation: Spelman College and Morehouse College Class of 2019

Aug. 8, 2015
"Inventing a Future at Spelman College" 

Opening Convocation: Spelman College Class of 2019

Aug. 8, 2015
"When and Where I Enter"

New Student Orientation Class of 2019  
An American Odyssey by Mary Schmidt Campbell