Speaker Highlights

Monday, February 19, 2024
Opening Session Speaker: Dr. Imani Perry, Author
Dr. Imani Perry is a critically acclaimed author and a professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African and African American studies at Harvard University. Her work reflects the deeply complex history of Black thought, art, and imagination and is informed by her background as a legal historian and her understanding of the racial inequality embedded in American law. Her seven books and numerous articles and essays demonstrate the rich interplay between history, race, law, and culture. Her most recent book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, is a National Book Award winner and was named a best book of 2022 by The New Yorker, TIME, Kirkus, and Oprah Daily.

Dr. Imani Perry

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Morning Plenary Speaker: Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

Shelly C. Lowe is chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona. Lowe previously served on the National Council on the Humanities. Her career in higher education has included roles as executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program, assistant dean in the Yale College Dean’s Office, and director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University.