Scripps Presents: Melissa Harris-Perry

CLAREMONT, California - September 8, 2016

“One of our most trenchant readers of modern black life.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

When it comes to race and politics, there are few as incisive as Melissa Harris-Perry. Moving effortlessly from Beyoncé to Black Lives Matter, feminism to Flint, Michigan, the former MSNBC host, editor-at-large at, and BET correspondent brings her insightful and provocative cultural critique to the Scripps Presents stage for a conversation with Scripps professor Myriam J. A. Chancy.

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair, the executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute, dedicated to exploring social justice in a global and local context, and the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, focused on the intersections of gender, race, and place, at Wake Forest University.

Myriam J. A. Chancy’s first novel Spirit of Haiti was shortlisted in the Best First Book Category for the Commonwealth Prize 2004; she is also the author of The Scorpion’s Claw and of the scholarly works From Sugar to Revolution: Women’s Visions of Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, Framing Silence: Revolutionary Novels by Haitian Women. She is currently the Hartley Burr Alexander Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College.