Spring Faculty Speaker: Professor Michael Jeffries
Join us for a talk on "Michelle Obama as Superwoman".
This year's Spring Faculty Speaker event will feature Michael Jeffries, Associate Professor of American Studies. Professor Jeffries is a qualitative sociologist whose work focuses on race, gender, politics, identity, and popular culture.
At Wellesley, Professor Jeffries teaches Introduction to American Studies, as well as courses on race and politics, and the sociology of sports. He also teaches advanced seminars for third- and fourth-year students on Barack Obama and hip-hop studies. His new book, Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama and the Meaning of Race in America, uses Obama-related topics to demonstrate how race relies on other social forces, like gender and class, for its meaning and impact. It features discussions of race and nationhood, discourses of "biracialism" and Obama's mixed heritage, the purported emergence of a "post-racial society," and popular symbols of Michelle Obama as a modern black woman.
Saturday, May 14th
1:30 to 3 p.m.
The event will be held in the first floor meeting room at the Cleveland Park Public Library (3310 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008) and light refreshments will be served. The library is a very short walk from the Cleveland Park metro station (red line) and there are many bus lines in the area. Street parking is available.
There is no ticket cost to attend this event but registration is required. Please register here or by emailing email@example.com.