Imani Perry: SSD Keynote Speaker

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Allendale Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Please join us for Imani Perry. Born just nine years after the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellow Imani Perry was instilled from an early age with a strong instinct for justice and progressive change. The rich interplay between history, race, law, and culture continues to inform her work as a critically-acclaimed author and professor of studies of women, gender and sexuality and of African and African American studies at Harvard University.

Perry’s work reflects the deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination. It is also informed by her background as a legal historian and her understanding of the racial inequality embedded in American law. Her latest book, National Book Award-winner South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, is a narrative journey through the American South, positioning it as the heart of the American experiment for better and worse. In looking at the South through a historic, personal, and anecdotal lens, Perry asserts that if we do indeed want to build a more humane future for the United States, we must center our concern below the Mason-Dixon Line.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Pere Marquette Room, 2204 Kirkhof Center
Lecture, followed by reception

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Pere Marquette Room, 2204 Kirkhof Center

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For more information on this event, or if you'd like to connect with us, please get in touch with [email protected] or 616-331-8100.


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This event was added to the calendar by Courtney Sherwood ( on Monday, December 18, 2023 and was last updated on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 10:25 a.m.