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Who and Whose We Are: Nellie Y. McKay and the Legacies of Black Women’s Intellectualism
Shanna Green Benjamin is the author of Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay, a biography that traces the life and legacy of UW-Madison professor Nellie Y. McKay. Driven by interlocking personal and intellectual commitments, Benjamin makes visible the hidden story of McKay, the literary scholar who made an indelible mark on higher education by creating space for Black literature, Black scholars, and Black feminist thought. In this virtual McKay Lecture in the Humanities, Benjamin positions herself as a link in the chain of Black women’s intellectualism through a series of autobiographical “scenes,” where her life experiences serve as counterpoint to McKay’s personal story.

Presented in partnership with the Institute for Research in the Humanities and co-sponsored by the by the Alpha Chapter of Wisconsin Phi Beta Kappa.

Apr 28, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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