“Black Woman Professor – White University — Nellie Y. McKay at UW-Madison” will take place Thursday, April 8, 4 p.m.
With introductions by Dr. Cheryl Gittens, UW-Madison’s Interim Chief Diversity Officer, independent scholar and author Dr. Shanna Greene Benjamin will discuss her book “Half In Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay” with Dr. Monica White, Associate Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at UW–Madison.
The Nellie Y. McKay papers in the UW-Madison Archives revealed much about Dr. McKay, a UW-Madison professor who coedited the Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Dr. McKay succeeded professionally in white academia by making deliberate choices, but the price of institutional racism relegated her personal life to the shadows. Weaving Dr. McKay’s triumphs and exclusions together, Dr. Benjamin’s book is a compelling and complex narrative.
The Friends of UW-Madison Libraries are pleased to bring Dr. Benjamin to campus via a virtual event on April 8, a week before her book is released. Together she and Dr. Monica M. White will tackle the persistent issues raised in the book