Each year, the Tulane Reading Project features a keynote lecture by either the book’s author or a scholar who is an expert on the themes presented in the book.
The 2018 Kylene and Bradley Beers Reading Project keynote lecture will be delivered by Don McPherson, former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback, college football hall of famer, activist, educator, feminist, and entrepreneur. For more than 34 years, Don McPherson has used the power and appeal of sport to address complex social justice issues.
In 1995 McPherson turned his focus to the issue of “men’s violence against women,” as director of Sport in Society’s Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, taking over for the program’s founder, Jackson Katz. McPherson emerged as a national leader and advocate for the prevention of sexual and domestic violence. Don has twice testified before the United States Congress and has worked closely with the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense on issues of sexual violence in education and the military, respectively.
McPherson has worked as a college football analyst for ESPN, BET and NBC and spent six seasons as the lead studio analyst for Sportsnet New York’s coverage of Big East and American Athletic Conference football.
Don McPherson has received several honors in recognition of his service, including the
Frederick Douglas Men of Strength Award, given by Men Can Stop Rape. He currently serves on the board of directors for the NYC Chapter of the National Football Foundation, the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, at Stony Brook University and is a member the NCAA Task Force on Sexual Violence and the NCAA Board of Governors Commission to Combat Sexual Violence.
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The Kylene and Brad Beers Lecture Series brings prominent public figures to campus for speaking engagements for the Tulane Reading Project at Newcomb-Tulane College. The series was established in 2013 with a gift from Kylene Beers, Ed.D. and Mr. Bradley B. Beers. They endowed their gift the following year to provide sustained support for the Reading Project.
In 2017, Kimberlé Crenshaw delivered a lecture titled The Intersectional Paradigm: Race and Gender in Work, Life and Politics. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. Her work has been foundational in two fields of study that have come to be known by terms that she coined: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.