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Melissa Harris-Perry talks #NerdLand at Ithaca College

Written by Candace King '15

Melissa Harris-Perry at the Engaging Communities luncheon at IC. Photo by Sheryl D. Sinkow

To professor and author Melissa Harris-Perry, her self-titled MSNBC show feels like a big classroom where she can explore and discuss concepts of race, politics and community affairs.  

This past winter, Harris-Perry continued this dialogue in a packed Emerson Suites at Ithaca College for the sixth annual Engaging Communities Luncheon.  

During a question-and-answer session, Harris-Perry spoke about her scholarship research, which focuses on the political agency of black women and the making of her weekend show on MSNBC. The Q&A was moderated by Sean Eversley-Bradwell, assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

Despite her busy schedule as a mother, professor, author and host, Harris-Perry said her work inspires her and provides the fuel to keep going.  

“There are times when you don’t feel a need to rest from it because the way you are contributing is the thing that feeds you,” she said.

Harris-Perry also reminded the entire room that they are part of a larger history. 

“There is a struggle that started before you and you will pass it off,” she said.

The Engaging Communities Luncheon at Ithaca College is an annual event organized by the Office of Human Resources to celebrate the various communities of IC.



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