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Spelman teacher, author speaks today

Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, will speak at 4 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 17, in the Geneva Room of Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Her visit and talk are part of the HWS celebration of February as Black History Month.

Guy-Sheftall, who is also an adjunct professor at Emory University’s Institute for Women’s Studies, where she teaches graduate courses, entered Spelman College in Atlanta, at age 16, majoring in English and minoring in secondary education.

After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English. In 1968, she returned to Atlanta to pursue a master’s degree in English.

A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. She returned to her alma mater and joined its English Department in 1971.

She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, “Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature” (Doubleday, 1980) co-edited with Roseann P. Bell and Bettye Parker Smith; her dissertation, “Daughters of Sorrow: Attitudes Toward Black Women, 1880-1920” (Carlson, 1991); “Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American Feminist Thought” (New Press, 1995); and an anthology co-edited with Rudolph Byrd, titled “Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality” (Indiana University Press, 2001).

Her most recent publication was co-authored with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, “Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities” (Random House, 2003).

Copies of “Words of Fire” and “Gender Talk” are now available in the College Store.

In 1983, she became founding co-editor of “Sage: A Scholarly Journal of Black Women,” devoted exclusively to the experiences of women of African descent.

For details on her visit, call Donna Albro in the Office of Intercultural Affairs at ext. 3319.