Penn Alumni Reading Club: History Teaches Us to Resist

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
6:00pm— 7:15pm
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How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

Join author, historian, activist, and Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History Dr. Mary Frances Berry for an interactive discussion of her newest book, HISTORY TEACHES US TO RESIST: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times. Penn alumni and friends are invited to join this live, virtual discussion. Professor Berry is a lecturer in Penn’s Africana Studies Department and History Department. She has had a distinguished career in public service. From 1980 to 2004, she was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and from 1993-2004 served as Chair. Between 1977 and 1980, Dr. Berry served as the Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW). She has also served as Provost of the University of Maryland and Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

In addition to her extensive professional career, Dr. Berry has authored twelve books including Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy (2016); We Are Who We Say We Are: A Black Family's Search for Home Across the Atlantic World (2014); Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House with Josh Gottheimer (2010), And Justice For All: The United States Commission On Civil Rights And the Struggle For Freedom in America (2009); My Face is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations (2005); The Pig Farmer's Daugher and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to the Present (1999); Black Resistance, White Law: A History of Constitutional Racism in America (1994, orig. 1971); The Politics of Parenthood: Child Care, Women's Rights, and the Myth of the Good Mother (1993); Why ERA Failed: Politics, Women's Rights, and the Amending Process of the Constitution (1986); Long Memory: The Black Experience in America, with John Blassingame (1982); and Military Necessity and Civil Rights Policy: Black Citizenship and the Constitution, 1861-1868 (1977).

This program, free and open to all Penn alumni and friends, is co-hosted by Penn Alumni Education, the Center for Africana Studies and co-sponsored by Penn Spectrum Programs, the Black Alumni Society, and the Department of Africana Studies.

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