Beverly Tatum

Beverly Tatum

The University of the South will host a public conversation with author Beverly Daniel Tatum addressing “The Cost of Silence: Conversations on Race and Community.”

The conversation will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Convocation Hall on the Sewanee campus.

The public is invited. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Beverly Daniel Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College in Atlanta, and is widely known for her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education.

Tatum is the author of several books, including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race.”

She will spend two days on the University of the South campus holding informal conversations with student leaders as well as with faculty and staff.

Tatum is committed to starting difficult conversations to help solve problems and build community.

As a leading voice on race and racism, she is often invited to speak to student and faculty groups, industry associations, and leadership groups to discuss how to engage communities in discussions about race and ways to close equity gaps now and in the future.

She was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

Tatum holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and a master’s in religious studies from Hartford Seminary.

Tatum’s visit is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of the College, Dialogue Across Difference, the Office of Civic Engagement, the Center for Teaching, the Center for Speaking and Listening, the Center for Leadership, the Project on Slavery, Race and Reconciliation, and Women’s and Gender Studies.