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March 15: 13th Annual Carol Ortman Perkins Lecture

Journalist, author, scholar and activist Melissa Harris-Perry is featured speaker.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 3-15-2018

MANKATO, Minn. – Journalist, author, scholar and activist Melissa Harris-Perry will be the featured speaker in Minnesota State University, Mankato's 13th annual Carol Ortman Perkins lecture, held Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

Tickets are free and available in the Women's Center, located in Centennial Student Union, Room 218.

Harris-Perry, who earned a doctorate in political science from Duke University, is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the faculty director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Tulane University.

Harris-Perry hosted the television show "Melissa Harris-Perry" from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC and was editor at large for in 2016-2017.

The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies launched the Perkins Lectureship campaign in 2003 to commemorate Perkins’ retirement as chair of the department for over a decade. Perkins’ commitment to and enthusiasm for gender & women’s studies helped make the department an exciting and dynamic place to study systems of oppression both locally and internationally.

The aim of this lectureship is to invite a distinguished feminist scholar/activist to campus each year to visit Minnesota State Mankato and deliver an address to the community. Lecturers are selected based on their contributions to feminist scholarship and their ability to forge connections between theory and practice.

Previous lecturers have included Lilly Ledbetter, Gloria Steinem, Wilma Mankiller, Laverne Cox, Anita Sarkeesian and others.

For more information about this event or other Minnesota State Mankato Women's Center events, or to inquire about tickets, visit or call the Women's Center at 507-389-6146.

For questions about media coverage, please contact Renée Mitchell-Matsuyama at or 507-389-6147.

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