Roosevelt Lectures

The Eleanor Roosevelt Lecture Series was created in 2004 to honor Eleanor Roosevelt’s commitment to social justice and her important place in women’s history.

First Lady and U.N. Ambassador Eleanor Roosevelt served on Brandeis University’s Board of Trustees from 1949 until her death in 1962 and was Visiting Lecturer of International Relations from 1959 to 1962.

She gave the University’s first commencement address in 1952, receiving an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters in 1954.


Upcoming and Past Lectures

Image of Akaweke Emezi

Monday, October 26, 2021
6:00 PM - Online
Registration is required to attend. Register at this link.

An hourlong talk and conversation with author Akwaeke Emezi. A National Book Foundation '5 Under 35' honoree, Emezi was born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. They were named one of The New Hollywood Guard: Writers by Vanity Fair and their romance debut YOU MADE A FOOL OF DEATH WITH YOUR BEAUTY is forthcoming from Atria Books in 2022. Their debut poetry collection CONTENT WARNING: EVERYTHING is also forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2022 and their sophomore YA novel BITTER is will be published in February 2022 by Knopf Books.

Sponsored by the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program, and the Creative Writing Program.

Black Privacy Event. Image of person sitting on porch.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

A panel event to launch "Black Privacy," the special issue of The Black Scholar, co-edited by Professors Samantha Pinto and Shoniqua Roach.

Angela Davis '65
Johnnetta Cole
Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman
Simone Brown
Sarah Haley
Emily A. Owens
Samantha Pinto
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Sponsored by the Department of African and African-American Studies and the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Woman of Color in Congress: Patsy Takemoto Mink’s Feminist Politics

October 23, 2019

Judy Tzu-Chun Wu and Gwendolyn Mink

“She knew long before of the space in between”

October 18, 2018

Maria Magdelena Campos-Pons

The Curious Cases of Gay Racism

March 13, 2017

Chong-suk Han

The Letters Behind My Name

October 28, 2015

College and Community Fellowship's Theater for Social Change

Sexual Violence on College Campuses: Confronting the Reality

October 21, 2015

David Lisak