Pinnacle Luncheon: women’s studies pioneer Beverly Guy-Sheftall

  • on 2 Apr 2013
  • Bairnwick Women's Center, Mary Sue Cushman Room

The Women's Center Pinnacle Luncheon Series will welcome Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall of Spelman College on Tuesday, April 2. Guy-Sheftall, a pioneer in African American and women's studies, will speak on "Women in the Civil Rights Movement" at the 12:15 p.m. luncheon, which is open to the campus and community.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta. She is also adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies.

She majored in English and minored in secondary education at Spelman and returned to her alma mater in 1971 to join the English department there. Scholars recognize Guy-Sheftall as a major force in the women's studies movement and the "mother of Black Women's Studies." PBS featured her in a special in March entitled "Makers," in which the producers recognized her as a trailblazer: “Beverly Guy-Sheftall was instrumental in bringing the women's studies movement to women of color, and the voices of women of color to women's studies."

She has published a number of texts within African American and women’s studies, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature, which she co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith. Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities. In 1983, she became founding co-editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women, devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women's Center, the African American Alliance, and the University Lectures Committee. For more information, please call 931.598.1241.