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Black Feminists and the Transformation of American Public Life

Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3

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Syracuse Symposium continues its yearlong look at “Belonging” with a keynote event featuring a trio of acclaimed black feminist scholars. On Monday, November 27, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Paula J. Giddings and Beverly Guy-Sheftall will participate in a panel discussion titled “Black Feminists and the Transformation of American Public Life” from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, 140 Newhouse 3.

Each presenter is a distinguished teacher, scholar, activist and administrator. Cole—recently retired director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and former president of Spelman and Bennett colleges—is a senior consulting fellow of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a principal consultant with Cook Ross. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College. Guy-Sheftall is on the faculty of Spelman, where she is the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies and founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center (WRRC). 

Free and open to the public, the event includes a reception, book sale and author book signing. For more information, contact the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) at 315.443.7192, or visit

The event is co-presented by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, with a generous gift from University Trustee Christine Larsen G’84, and the new University-wide Council on Diversity and Inclusion.

Additional support comes from the Department of African American Studies (A&S); the College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of History (Maxwell); the Newhouse School of Communications; the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services (Syracuse); the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Syracuse); the Department of Political Sciences (Maxwell); the Department of Public Administration and Public Affairs (Maxwell); the School of Education; the Department of Sociology (Maxwell); and the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (A&S).  

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We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.