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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
7:00 PM
Student Union Ballroom B

General Admission: Free


Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, won the National Book Award, as well as the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor, and the NAACP Image Award. She also wrote the adult books Red at the Bone, a New York Times bestseller, and Another Brooklyn, a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her dozens of books for young readers include Coretta Scott King Award and NAACP Image Award winner Before the Ever After, New York Times bestsellers The Year We Learned to Fly, The Day You Begin, and Harbor Me, among many others.


Michele Elam is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Humanities in the English Department at Stanford University, a Faculty Associate Director of the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, a Race & Technology Affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Faculty Affiliate at both the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and the Wu Tsai

Neuroscience Institute. She is former Director of African & African American Studies at Stanford and of Stanford’s oldest interdisciplinary graduate program, Modern Thought & Literature.


Her several books include Race, Work and Politics in American Literature; The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics & Aesthetics in the New Millennium; and The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin. Her research in interdisciplinary humanities bridges literature, social sciences, and STEM in order to examine changing cultural interpretations of gender and race, with a particular concern for the ways racial perception and representation impacts outcomes for health, wealth and social justice. Currently working on a book titled “Making Race in the Age of AI,” Elam most recent scholarship focuses on humanities and arts as key crucibles for the many urgent questions about new socially transformative technologies.

SJSU Mask Guidance

Masks or face coverings must be worn by everyone while inside campus facilities or in a shared vehicle for a university-sponsored activity. The only exception is if you are in a private office alone with the door closed or when you are eating or drinking. 

In addition, individuals who are not fully vaccinated are also required to wear a mask when conducting field research tasks requiring interactions, and when outdoors and it is not possible to maintain six feet of physical distance from others. 

Exceptions to the above for unvaccinated individuals are: 1) When alone in a vehicle while conducting a university-sponsored activity; 2) When alone in a private office with the door closed; 3) If work cannot be achieved safely with a mask in place; or 4) If an individual has an approved accommodation.

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