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Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Social Sciences: Conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Portrait of Tressi Mcmillan Cottom sitting in a chair
Photo By Tausha Dickenson
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Tressie McMillan Cottom is a sociologist; public thinker; professor with the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a New York Times columnist; and a 2020 MacArthur Fellow.

Her collection of essays, Thick (The New Press, 2019), investigating how Black women’s lives are deeply shaped by structural racism and inequality, was a National Book Award finalist and named a top book of 2019 by TIME, the New York Times Book Review, New York Public Library, and the Chicago Tribune. Her first book, Lower Ed (The New Press, 2017), examined and critiqued the role of for-profit colleges in the American economic landscape and their contributions to inequality in this country. Cottom’s ongoing New York Times opinion columns offer perspectives on culture, politics, and the economics of our everyday lives, while her podcast with Roxane Gay, “Hear to Slay,” offers a Black feminist perspective on life, money, love, and culture.

Cottom will be joined in conversation by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

The Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Kim G. Davis AB ’76, MBA ’78, and Judith N. Davis, longtime friends and champions of Harvard Radcliffe Institute. This annual lecture series invites leading figures from across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences to share their expertise, ideas, and diverse perspectives with the Harvard community and the broader public.

The program will be followed by a light reception for attendees.


Free and open to the public.

We are planning "Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences: Conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom" as a hybrid event.

Join Us in Person

Registration to attend in person is now closed. Walk-in attendees will be accommodated on a space available basis.

Join Us Online

To view this event online, individuals will need to register via Zoom.

For instructions on how to join online, see the How to Attend a Radcliffe Event on Zoom webpage.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a link and password for this meeting.

Live closed captioning will be available for the webinar.

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