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In Conversation with Dr. Shanna Benjamin: “Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay”
Join us for an insightful and informative conversation with AAUW fellowships alumna Dr. Shanna Benjamin, Ph.D., Educator and Scholar, to discuss her upcoming book Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay.

Dr. Benjamin is a biographer and scholar who studies the literature, lives, and archives of Black women. She has published on African American literature and Black women's intellectual history in African American Review, MELUS, a/b: Auto/Biography, Studies in American Fiction, and PMLA. Dr. Benjamin received early support for her book from AAUW’s American Fellowship and benefited from invitations to share the story of McKay’s fascinating life with the Keokuk, Cedar Rapids, and Iowa AAUW branches.

Mar 4, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shanna Benjamin, PhD
Biographer, Author, and Scholar
Shanna Greene Benjamin is a biographer and scholar who studies the literature, lives, and archives of Black women. Dr. Benjamin earned her Ph.D. in English (2002) and M.A. in Afro-American Studies (1996) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; she received a B.A. in English from Johnson C. Smith University (1994)—a historically Black college in Charlotte, North Carolina—where she was class valedictorian. A one-time professor and associate dean at Grinnell College, Dr. Benjamin is a member of the 2016-2017 HERS class—a program administered by the Higher Education Resource Service that develops women leaders in higher education—and a 2018 graduate of the Council of Independent College’s Senior Leadership Academy. Dr. Benjamin has published in African American Review, MELUS, a/b: Auto/Biography, Studies in American Fiction, and PMLA. Her book, Half in Shadow: The Life and Legacy of Nellie Y. McKay, will be release on April 12. Dr. Benjamin is a AAUW American Fellow.
Gloria Blackwell
Executive Vice President, Chief Program Officer @American Association of University Women