MacArthur Fellow Discusses Photographic History at Sojourner Truth Lecture

Posted: March 17, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Deborah Willis-Kennedy, a recent Ph.D. graduate in cultural studies at George Mason, will present “The Black Female Body: A Photographic History,” at the upcoming fourth annual Sojourner Truth Lecture and Award Program. The event takes place Wednesday, March 19, at noon in the Concert Hall Grand Tier III.

Presented by the African American Studies and Women’s Studies programs, the Sojourner Truth Lecture features scholars from various disciplines who discuss issues regarding women of color. In her talk, Willis-Kennedy will discuss and showcase photographs and illustrations from private and public collections around the world, ranging from drawings and photographs made in Africa in the 1800s to work by contemporary artists such as Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems.

Willis-Kennedy is a professor of photography and imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, and most recently the Lehman Brady Chair in documentary and American studies at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Genius Award in 2000, and is the author and editor of numerous books, including Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers 1840 to the Present. A book signing will follow the lecture.

In addition to the lecture, the Sojourner Truth Award will be presented to an individual in recognition of his or her contribution to an understanding of race and gender in the academy. For more information, call (703) 993-4080.

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