Monique Morris to Give Annual Davis Lecture at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 12, 2017—On Thursday, Oct. 26, author and social justice scholar Monique Morris will give The Davis Lecture at Williams College. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on the MainStage in the ’62 Center. It is free and open to the public.

Inspired by nearly three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice, Morris will present a talk titled “Social Justice is a Verb! Working the Margins to Advance an Equity Agenda.” She will explore how advocates, scholars, policymakers, and others apply intersectional frameworks and other practices to strengthen our collective capacity to build an inclusive democracy.

Morris is the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), and Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012). She worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011) and has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and other publications on social justice issues and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for black girls, women, and their families.

Morris has also worked in partnership with and served as a consultant for federal, state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in the justice system. Her work in this area has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth.

The W. Allison Davis 1924 and John A. Davis 1933 Lecture commemorates the remarkable work of the two distinguished scholars for which the Center is named: brothers who, throughout their adult lives, made important contributions to equal rights and opportunity in the United States. Allison Davis, valedictorian of the Class of 1924, was a pioneer in the social anthropological study of class and caste in the American South. John A. Davis pursued wide-ranging political science work on race in both the United States and Africa. The Davis Lecture is delivered each year by a scholar whose work concentrates on some aspect of race, class, or education in the United States.

This talk is sponsored by the Davis Center, Williams Reads, the Oakley Center, the Lecture Committee, the Department of Africana Studies and the Schumann Fund.




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