Writer and talk show host Melissa Harris-Perry speaks at Colorado State University to launch Black History Month


FORT COLLINS — Melissa Harris-Perry, writer, professor, television host and political commentator, is the keynote speaker for the 2016 celebration of Black History Month at Colorado State University. Her talk is set for Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The event is free for CSU students; $10 for community members. Tickets are required for all attendees and are available online at csutix.com.

Harris-Perry is professor of politics and international affairs at Wake Forest University, where she is the founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. She hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry talk show on MSNBC, is a regular columnist for The Nation, and the author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America.

In her talk at CSU, “Reflecting on Black History in the context of Black Lives Matter: Questions for our Country and our Colleges,” Harris-Perry will consider how the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement operates as a framework for understanding some of the important challenges we face as a country and as institutions of higher education. These are challenges put into sharp relief as we pause together to mark Black History Month and to ask about its continuing relevance in the 21st century.

Harris-Perry’s appearance is sponsored by the Black/African American Cultural Center, Associated Students of CSU, RamEvents and the Tau Lambda Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

For a complete schedule of events for Black History Month at CSU, visit the B/AACC website.