Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall

President, National Women's Studies Association 
Keynote Address Speaker


Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall will be the keynote speaker for the Conference on the Black Experience. Guy-Sheftall was recently named the president of the National Women's Studies Association, a professional organization that is "dedicated to leading the field of women's studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found." Dr. Guy-Sheftall is the founding director of the Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies. She has published a number of texts within African American and Women’s Studies which have been noted as seminal works by other scholars, including the first anthology on Black women’s literature, Sturdy Black Bridges: Visions of Black Women in Literature (Doubleday, 1980), which she coedited 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 she co-edited with Rudolph Byrd entitled Traps: African American Men on Gender and Sexuality (Indiana University Press, 2001). Her most recent publication is a book coauthored with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Gender Talk: The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities (Random House, 2003). 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.

Conference Panel Sessions will feature independent scholars, professors, graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of topical areas of women’s contributions in North America across discipline areas.