In addition to supporting our fellows through various stages of the doctorate, the Program aspires to foster and strengthen relationships among all members of the Mellon Mays community. To that end, the Lecture Series brings together undergraduates, graduate students, coordinators, and faculty in each region for intellectual engagement and community-building. Each lecture allows a Mellon Ph.D. the opportunity to speak on their research or a current topic, and fellows and coordinators gather afterwards for a reception. To date, lectures have taken place in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Atlanta.
Chicago, IL- April 10, 2014
We are honored to have Dr. Elizabeth Todd-Breland, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as our speaker. Her teaching and research focuses on 20th century U.S. Urban and Social history, African-American history, and the History of Education. Her talk is titled: "Desegregation, Community Control, and the Politics of Black Achievement in Chicago."