GAMBIER — Alvin B. Tillery Jr., associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University, presents a lecture titled “Performance vs. Power: Is the Black Lives Matter Movement Winning?” on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Gund Gallery’s Community Foundation Theater, 101 1/2 College Drive, Gambier.
“Professor Tillery has done some of the pioneering work on the Black Lives Matter movement, both studying the movement’s communication and organizing strategies as well as public reactions to and acceptance of the movement,” said Associate Professor of Political Science H. Abbie Erler, who helped arrange Tillery’s visit. “We felt it was important to have a speaker come to campus who can talk about this important new social movement and the issues it advocates for as well as offer a social scientist’s perspective on the success of the movement so far.”
Tillery’s academic interests include American politics and political theory, with particular focus on media and politics, racial and ethnic politics, and critical race theory. He also will present “Tocqueville, Critical Race Theory, and the Future of Multiracial America,” a lecture on the 19th-century French political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville, at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Peirce Hall’s Peirce Lounge, 201 College Park St.
“I am very excited about visiting Kenyon, which is not only one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges but a place where leaders are forged,” Tillery said. “We are living in very challenging times, and I am honored to have the opportunity to discuss the critical issues that we face in race relations with the Kenyon community.”
Tillery’s book “Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy and Black Leadership in America” earned the W.E.B. Du Bois Distinguished Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. His papers have appeared in Studies in American Political Development, Journal of Black Studies, and Political Research Quarterly. His forthcoming book will examine African American attitudes toward immigration between 1850 and 1965. Tillery earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Morehouse College and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University. In addition to his appointment in Northwestern’s political science department, Tillery works as director of Northwestern’s Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy.
Tillery’s visit is sponsored by Kenyon’s African Diaspora Studies Program, the Law and Society Program, the Department of Political Science, the Public Policy Program, and the Faculty Lectureships Program. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kenyon’s Department of Political Science at 740-427-5216.