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Lectures & Conferences, University, Virtual
Presentation by Tressie McMillan Cottom, sociologist; public thinker; professor with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; New York Times columnist; and a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.
Her collection of essays, Thick (The New Press, 2019), investigating how Black women’s lives are deeply shaped by structural racism and inequality, was a National Book Award finalist and named a top book of 2019 by TIME, the New York Times Book Review, New York Public Library, and the Chicago Tribune. Her first book, Lower Ed (The New Press, 2017), examined and critiqued the role of for-profit colleges in the American economic landscape and their contributions to inequality in this country. Cottom’s ongoing New York Times opinion columns offer perspectives on culture, politics, and the economics of our everyday lives, while her podcast with Roxane Gay, “Hear to Slay,” offers a Black feminist perspective on life, money, love, and culture.
Cottom will be joined in conversation by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.