President’s Distinguished Speakers Series / Common Reading Program: Author Beverly Daniel Tatum
The former president of Spelman College and a national expert on race relations, Beverly Daniel Tatum – 2013 Carnegie Academic Leadership Award winner – will discuss her landmark book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race, as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of her work. During her presentation, Tatum will reflect upon the issues of racial identity development and the role of race in the classroom 20 years after her seminal work has been published. As part of the Common Reading program, all first-year students and many others in the campus community will explore Tatum’s book in classroom discussions, campus lectures and more. This event is also part of the university's Talking About Race, Gender and Power series, a year-long series that aims to engage the community in informed dialogue and work toward practical solutions.