The 10th Annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture: Conscience & Courage in Public Life

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a clinical psychologist, president emerita of Spelman College and best-selling author. You may be familiar with her widely acclaimed book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" And Other Conversations About Race, in which she argues that Americans are reluctant to talk about issues of race, and that we must begin to consider the psychological effects of racial identity development.

From 2002 until 2015 Dr. Tatum was the ninth President of Spelman College. During her time at Spelman she pioneered on areas of student leadership, race relations, and sustainability. The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement was founded, Spelman’s first LEED certified residence halls were constructed, and Dr. Tatum was a recipient of the 2013 Academic Leadership Award for exceptional work as a president of a U.S. college or university.

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