Changing Times - Changing Minds


Thursday, November 3, 2011
6:00-7:30 p.m.

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
UWM Union, Wisconsin Room

2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI

Join the UWM School of Education for the 15th annual Urban Forum. The Urban Forum provides an opportunity for students, teachers, administrators, adult and community educators, counselors, policy-makers, and psychologists to learn about and discuss how education is impacted by urban social, political and economic issues. Inequality in education is a multifaceted issue which spans race, economics, gender, and cultures. The Urban Forum strives to motivate individuals to action to improve, strengthen and unify their classrooms and organizations so that differences are no longer benchmarks for discrimination but rather cause for celebration.

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Keynote Speaker:
Harris-Perry, Melissa

Dr. Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Harris-Perry is author of the newly released book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011) which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes—invisible to many but painfully familiar to black women—profoundly shape 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. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

Melissa V. Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the project on gender, race, and politics in the South. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago and Princeton University. She is author of the award winning book Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought and the new book Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Sister Citizen has premiered to great critical and popular acclaim. She is a columnist for The Nation magazine. Harris-Perry is a contributor to MSNBC, appearing as a bi-weekly guest on the Thomas Roberts Show and a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show and The Last Word. She is a regular commentator for many print and radio sources in the U.S. and abroad. She lives with her family in New Orleans.

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 work is published in scholarly journals and edited volumes and her interests include the study of African American political thought, black religious ideas and practice, and social and clinical psychology.

Professor Harris-Perry's creative and dynamic teaching is also motivated by the practical political and racial issues of our time. Professor Harris-Perry has taught students from grade school to graduate school and has been recognized for her commitment to the classroom as a site of democratic deliberation on race.

She travels extensively speaking to colleges, organizations and businesses in the United States and abroad. In 2009 Professor Harris-Perry 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.

Professor Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School. And she studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. She lives in New Orleans with her husband, James Perry, and is the mother of a terrific daughter, Parker.

 Interpreters will be available for attendees that are deaf and hard of hearing.