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Tuesday 26 September 2023,

Barrett, The Honors College presents the 2015 John J. Rhodes Lecture in Public Policy and American Institutions featuring Dr. Mary Frances Berry, political activist and civil rights trailblazer.

In this insightful lecture, Berry will address the domestic and foreign human and civil rights issues and the fight to obtain justice and opportunity for all. She will discuss how economic and societal forces affect social movements, fostering leadership and commitment to activism, and using peaceful protest as a catalyst for change.

“Achieving Justice & Opportunity in the 21st Century: Now is the Time”
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
7 p.m.
Nelson Fine Arts Center, Galvin Playhouse, Tempe campus [map]
Register online

There are few people like Mary Frances Berry. For more than four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. While serving as chairperson of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, she led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she was the first woman to head a major research university, serving as chancellor at the University for Colorado at Boulder. She currently is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of History at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She holds a PhD. and J.D. degrees from University of Michigan.

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