An Evening with Tressie McMillan Cottom

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In her most recent book, Thick and Other Essays, on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom uses her characteristic melding of humor and irreverence, sociological expertise and deep cultural critique to show “precisely how the political, the social, and the personal are almost always one and the same.” Join us as McMillan Cottom brings her distinctive voice to issues of race, gender, power, and other themes in this conversation facilitated by Clark University’s Toby Sisson (Studio Art). McMillan Cottom is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Called “the author you need to read now” by the Chicago Tribune, her work has been featured by the Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, the New York Times, Slate, and The Atlantic, among others. In 2017, she published Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. A powerful presence on Twitter, McMillan Cottom also co-hosts Hear to Slay with Roxane Gay, a podcast with an intersectional perspective on celebrity, culture, politics, art, life and love. A book signing will follow immediately after the conversation. Copies of Thick and Lower Ed will be available for purchase at the Clark University bookstore and at the event. Admission is free and open to the public. This is not a ticketed event, but please arrive early for the best seating. This event part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series. It is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities; the Office of the Provost; and the Office of the President at Clark University.

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