An Evening with Tressie McMillan Cottom
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 5:30pm
Building 14, 14S-130
160 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02139
Watch a recording of the event on our YouTube channel.
Join the MIT Libraries for an evening with cultural critic, celebrated sociologist, and award-winning writer Tressie McMillan Cottom.
Introduction by Kelcey Gibbons, PhD student, Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS)
Q&A moderated by Sandy Alexandre, Associate Professor of Literature
This is a hybrid event:
- In-person attendance at Hayden Library (14S-100): MIT Covid Pass required
- The event will also be live streamed at http://web.mit.edu/webcast/lib/s22/1/
Tressie McMillan Cottom explores the everyday culture of big ideas like racism, sexism, inequality, and oppression by giving us the language to live better lives. Her far-ranging intellectual interests include books, articles, magazine profiles, and opinion-editorials, but it is her essays that routinely shape the discourse – part revolutionary pamphlet, part poetic chapbook, part sociological analysis, and part call-to-arms. Her 2019 collection of essays, Thick, was a National Book Award finalist. Her first book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy questioned the fundamental narrative of American education policy.
Cottom is a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a 2020 MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and New York Times contributing opinion writer. She is a member of the inaugural external advisory committee for the MIT Libraries’ Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS).
This event is free but registration is required.
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