Timely Speaker at Annual Meeting
If you’ve heard Duchess Harris at a library, church or public forum, you know why she is a highly sought after speaker on civic concerns, civil rights and black women mathematicians at NASA. We sought her, too, and on June 14, the author and professor brings her insight and compelling points of discussion to the League of Women Voters Minneapolis’ Annual Meeting.
Dr. Harris is professor and chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College in St. Paul. Her focus is on 20th-century African American political history and civil rights.
She is the author of four books. Her most recent, co-authored with Sue Bradford Edwards, is Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA about the women who did mathematical calculations for America’s first manned space flights. Harris’ grandmother, Miriam Daniel Mann, was in the group of the first 11 recruited to work at NASA. The movie Hidden Figures, based on the story of these women, was told in another book on the topic written by one of Harris’ collaborators in the NASA research, Margot Lee Shetterly.
Harris’ other publications include Black Lives Matter, co-authored with Edwards, Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton/Obama and an edited volume with Bruce Baum, Racially Writing the Republic: Racists, Race Rebels, and Transformations of American Identity.
Harris earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and spent her final year in graduate school as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School. She received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law.
Make your reservation for the meeting today to hear this compelling speaker and participate in setting the LWVMpls’ agenda and electing leaders for the coming year.
~ Information compiled from duchessharris.com
and macalester.edu by Sharon Emery
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
5 PM Registration/Social Time
5:30 PM Appetizer Buffet
6 PM Speaker, Meeting Follows
$35 Early Registration (before June 11)