The Department of History will host the lecture, “Between Race and Nation: Shirley Chisholm and National Politics” by Dr. Anastasia Curwood (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2003) of Emory University.  Chisolm was the first African American woman to be elected to the United States Congress.

The lecture will be presented Tuesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in the UTC University Center’s Raccoon Mountain Room. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

Curwood is a Visiting Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Race and Difference at Emory University.  She specializes in the history of African-American women, gender and sexuality, the black family, and African-American intellectual, political, and cultural history in the twentieth century.

Her first book, Stormy Weather: New Negro Marriages Between the Two World Wars (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), centers on the cultural and social contests over African-Americans’ marriages in the early twentieth century.  She is currently at work on a second book, Aim High: The Life and Times of Shirley Chisholm, under contract with University of North Carolina Press.

She is the recipient of several grants and honors, including a 2008-2009 Career Enhancement Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship.”

This event was a part of Black History month that was rescheduled due to inclement weather. It is also being offered in celebration of Women’s History month.

This event is co-sponsored by UTC’s Speakers and Special Events Committee, Honors College, Women’s Studies Program, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

For more information, please email Dr. William Kuby at William-Kuby@utc.edu or call 423-425-5314. Attendees in need of accommodations are invited to contact UTC’s Disability Resource Center at 423-425-4006.

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