Beverly Daniel Tatum: Can We Talk About Race?

SAT, MAY 12, 2007 (20:19)

Beverly Daniel Tatum addresses the 2007 graduating class of Agnes Scott College as the commencement keynote speaker. Agnes Scott College presents Spelman College President Tatum, noted writer, scholar, administrator and race relations expert, as their 118th commencement speaker. Beverly Daniel Tatum was appointed to the Spelman presidency in 2002, and accepted the position after 13 years of service and multiple assignments at Mount Holyoke College, including professor of psychology, department chair, dean of the college and acting president. Tatum is a clinical psychologist with expertise in black families in white communities, racial identity in teens and the role of race in the classroom. Teaching her signature course on the psychology of racism for more than 20 years, she has toured extensively, leading workshops on racial identity development and its impact in the classroom. Her 2007 book, Can We Talk about Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation, explores the social and educational implications of the growing racial isolation in our public schools. Tatum also is the writer of Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987) and has published numerous articles, including her classic 1992 Harvard Educational Review article, Talking about Race, Learning about Racism: An Application of Racial Identity Development Theory in the Classroom.

+ BIO: Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum has had a distinguished career as a psychologist, educator, scholar, and college administrator. She has written two books and numerous articles on the subject of racial identity and other topics. In 2002 she was named president of Spelman College. Tatum was born on September 27, 1954, in Tallahassee, Florida, and was raised in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. A productive scholar, Tatum has written numerous articles and book chapters. Though she has written on gender and academic achievement, the primary emphasis for her research has been racial identity and development.

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