Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Can We Talk About Race?
SPEAKER | AUTHOR | THOUGHT LEADER
Meet Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, interim president for the 2022-23 academic year of Mount Holyoke College, president emerita of Spelman College, is the author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race, now in its 20th anniversary edition.
A thought-leader in higher education, she was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.
At a time when our country feels ever more divided and at odds, yours was a measured, thoughtful, and quietly powerful voice we all needed to hear. Indeed, when your session ended, my first thought was, ‘If everyone in the country just sat down and listened to Dr. Tatum for an hour or two, everything would be so much better.’”
- Jen Shakeshaft,
Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professional Development
National Coalition of Girls' Schools
Your talk at our conference was exceptional by any standard. I heard much praise for it after you left. Your perspective, your ability to work in humor on the most serious of topics, and your use of poetry and literature -- they all combined for a perfect keynote.
- Scott Jaschik,
CEO and Editor,
Inside Higher Ed
Wow - you really hit this one out of the park!! It is difficult to even start to fully express our deep appreciation to you for your marvelous presentation!! Plus everyone loved the opportunity to probe such an important topic via the provocative questions you asked!! You are a master teacher!!”
- Anne W. Cramer,
former IBM executive and community leader
You were spectacular, as always. The presidents loved learning from you, as did I.”
- Judith Block McLaughlin, Faculty Chair,
Harvard Seminar for New Presidents,
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Rise and Shine: Interview with host Tami Rumfelt (93.1 The Wolf, Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, NC), aired 6/14/2020 Listen here.
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NPR in Kansas City | KCUR podcast | Steve Kraske | March 2020 Listen here – segment 2
Code Switch: Cross-Racial Relationships January 27, 20205:05 AM ETHeard on Morning Edition Listen here.
The MIT PressJournals | Beverly Daniel Tatum | September 2019 Read here.
GPB Radio | August 2019 Listen here.
NPR Podcast | February 2019 Listen here.
November 1, 2017 (Article in Education Week) https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/11/01/why-all-the-black-kids-are-still.html
Education MPR News Staff , Tom Weber · Dec 28, 2017 https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/10/10/why-are-all-the-black-kids-sitting-together-in-the-cafeteria (An article about the interview is online along with a link to the Minnesota Public Radio broadcast)