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Brain Food Lakisha Simmons

Written By David Grubb | Communications and Marketing

NEW ORLEANS – Dr. Lakisha Simmons, assistant professor of History and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, and author of Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans, will serve as the next Brain Food lecturer on Feb. 8, 2017.


The event takes place inside the Georges Auditorium on the Dillard University campus, beginning at 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.


Dr. Simmons has written about gender, archives, and historical method in the Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth and a forthcoming article on southern black girl writers and the archive in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.  She is currently co-editing a special issue on black girls studies for the journal Women, Gender and Families of Color and co-editing an anthology, The Global History of Black Girlhood.  She teaches courses on black girls studies, women and the history of medicines, and on African American gender history.


“Dr. Simmons’ work is especially relevant in light of the issues being confronted around the nation regarding race and gender,” said Dillard President Walter M. Kimbrough.  “When you add the extensive research she has done on women here in New Orleans to the equation to the mix, she becomes one of the most compelling speakers we’ve had visit the campus.”


A Brief History of the Dillard Presidential Lecture Series

Beginning with the University’s first official president, William Stuart Nelson in the 1930s, public intellectual discourse has been a part of Dillard’s heritage. In the 1950s, Albert Dent organized the Edwin R. Embree Memorial Lecture Series whose guests included Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King Jr., and Jackie Robinson. Subsequently, Dillard presidents have assembled lectures that reflected their sensibilities. During Samuel DuBois Cook’s tenure, he established a lyceum series and built a fine arts center to provide a new venue for lectures, theater and music. Walter M. Kimbrough launched Brain Food in 2013, and has continued the tradition with speakers such as Michael Eric Dyson, Misty Copeland, Benjamin Crump and Michael Steele.  


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