“Black Woman Professor – White University” Nellie Y. McKay at UW-Madison

Coming up on Thursday, April 8, 2021 the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries are pleased to host Dr. Shanna Greene Benjamin via a virtual event to discuss her forthcoming book, Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay (UNC Press, April 2021). Dr. Benjamin will be joined in conversation by Dr. Monica M. White, Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at UW–Madison. UW-Madison’s Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Cheryl Gittens, will provide introductions and context for the event.

Dr. Nellie McKay (1930-2006) served on the UW-Madison faculty from 1977 to 2006, during which time she co-edited The Norton Anthology of African American Literature with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. With the Norton Anthology, Dr. McKay created a space for the study of Black literature and Black feminist thought in the academy. In her biography of the influential professor and scholar, Dr. Shanna Greene Benjamin examines Dr. McKay’s strategies for succeeding professionally while navigating the white-dominated academy. We see in Dr. McKay’s story the strength it takes for Black women to pursue their dreams in academia.

No registration is required for this event! Click here to join the YouTube livestream.

Thank you to Dr. Earlise Ward for sharing!