This week: Beverly Tatum visits campus for Gittler Prize

The renowned authority on racial identity and resegregation will deliver a lecture Oct. 3

Beverly Tatum

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on racial identity and resegregation in America, will visit campus this week to be presented with the Gittler Prize and participate in a series of events with the Brandeis community.

Tatum will be formally awarded the prize and deliver her Gittler Prize lecture, “Closing the Empathy Gap: Community Building through Dialogue," on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Sherman Function Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Tatum was president of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia from 2002 until her retirement in 2015, when she was named president emeritus. Her critically acclaimed landmark book from 1997, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race," has been re-released in a special 20th anniversary version, with significant changes that reflect demographic shifts in America today.

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created in 2007 by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations. It is named after Gittler and his mother, Toby. The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Endowed Fund at Brandeis University supports this annual award that also includes a $25,000 prize and a medal.

The prize brings Tatum to campus for two days of events and engagement with Brandeis students and faculty. More information about Tatum's visit can be found on the Gittler Prize website.

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