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Jan. 24: 'Better Living through the Humanities'

Georgetown professor to talk about teaching, research and activism today

Marcia Chatelain, an associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, teaches about women’s and girls’ history as well as the history of black capitalism.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, she will visit the University of Delaware to present a talk on “Better Living through the Humanities” at 6 p.m. in the Gore Recital Hall of the Roselle Center for the Arts. The free public program is sponsored by the University Honors Program.

Chatelain will talk about how she uses her passion for history to find creative ways to contribute to contemporary conversations about racism, sexism and social justice. She will discuss how the humanities can provide some of the best ways to think about the nation’s current challenges and point us toward solutions.

An active public speaker and educational consultant, Chatelain has received awards and honors from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

She was awarded a Truman Scholarship in 2000, and after graduating from the University of Missouri in 2001, she worked in Washington, D.C., as the resident scholar at the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Her first book, South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration is available from Duke University Press. She is currently working on the book From Sit-In to Drive Thru: Black America and Fast Food in an Age of Crisis, which is under contract with Liveright Publishing, a division of Norton and Company.  Her second book will examine the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities and the fast food industry.

She has published pieces in TheAtlantic.com, The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She also contributed to the popular podcast, “Undisclosed,” serving as the resident historian on a narrative arc about the 2015 killing of Freddie Gray by members of the Baltimore Police Department.

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