Beverly Daniel Tatum, President of Spelman College, on Connecting the Dots: Race, Expectations, and Achievement

August 18, 2006

Tacoma, Wash. – Scholar, teacher, author, administrator, and race relations expert, Beverly Daniel Tatum will lecture at University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse on Friday, September 15 at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public, however tickets are required. Admission is $10 and may be purchased in advance by phoning 253.879.3483 or online at

One of the keynote speakers visiting Puget Sound to participate in the Race and Pedagogy National Conference on September 14 – 16, Tatum is the ninth president of Spelman College and the author of the popular book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race. A complete conference schedule and information on tickets is available by calling 253.879.3334 or online at

Tatum is a clinical psychologist who has taught classes on the psychology of racism for more than 20 years. Her research interests include: black families in white communities, racial identity in teens, and the role of race in the classroom. She has also toured extensively, leading workshops on racial identity development and its impact on the classroom.

The Race and Pedagogy National Conference at University of Puget Sound will bring the country’s best and brightest minds together for a groundbreaking discussion on the impact of race and ethnicity in K-12 and higher education. To broaden the dialogue and more fully represent many points of view, the conference will also include local educators, students, parents, and community leaders.

Other public events related to the Race and Pedagogy National Conference include: juried student poster exhibition, an exhibit of selected works by John Hall and Jacob Lawrence at Kittredge Gallery, and a performance by artist Joyce Scott.

Editor’s Note: Print-quality photos of Tatum as well as other speakers and artists are available online. For interviews with conference speakers, university faculty of administrators, please contact University of Puget Sound Office of Media Relations at 253.879.2611 or

The Race and Pedagogy National Conference is affiliated with University of Puget Sound’s Civic Scholarship Initiative. CSI supports programs that join together the local region and the university’s faculty and students in projects of mutual concern, partnering with local organizations to solve problems, develop policy, and educate the public on issues of regional and national significance. More information on the Civic Scholarship Initiative is available at