8th annual Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture with our special guest, Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom (4/13/21 4-5pm)

Tuesday April 13, 2021

4:00-5:00 pm  in Zoom

Registration:  https://events.uw.edu/Mignon2021     The Zoom link will be shared in early April with registered attendees. 

Dr. Cottom is an award-winning author, researcher, educator, and cultural critic whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race, and gender.

The foundation for Tressie’s first book, Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy, was formed by dissertation research for her doctorate from Emory University’s Laney Graduate School. In Lower Ed, Tressie questions the fundamental narrative of American education policy. Carol Anderson calls Lower Ed, “nuanced, carefully argued, and engagingly written.”

Tressie’s 2019 collection Thick: and Other Essays has been described as “essential,” and the Chicago Tribune calls Tressie, “the author you need to read now.” Dorothy Roberts compares reading it to “holding a mirror to your soul and to that of America.” Thick was the winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award.

In 2020, Tressie was named a MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Foundation says her work, “combines analytical insights and personal experiences in a frank, accessible style of communication that resonates with broad audiences within and outside of academia.” She is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (UNC). Tressie also co-hosts Hear to Slay with Roxane Gay, a podcast with an intersectional perspective on celebrity, culture, politics, art, life, love, and more.

Tressie lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where she supports radically progressive local candidates for public office, the Richmond Community Bail Fund, and removing memorials to oppressive racist fictions. 

The Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture in Information Science is named for an alumnus and former faculty member of what is now the iSchool. He passed away in January 2012. The lectureship is made possible by a gift from Molly Mignon, wife of Ed Mignon. The purpose of the fund is to provide support for an annual lecture by a distinguished speaker on a topic of interest in the field of information science. Speaker topics may be related to current events, policies, controversies, or issues in the information and technology fields. Our goal is to inspire original thinking and foster creativity among students, faculty and researchers at the Information School.

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