The annual Nellie Y. McKay Lecture, co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, honors one of the foremost educators in the field of African-American Literature and Culture. Nellie Y. McKay (1930-2006) was the Bascom Professor of English and Afro-American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in the Women's Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she taught from 1978 until 2006. She held a Resident Fellowship at the Institute in 1991-1992. A native of New York City, she earned her B.A. from Queens College in 1969 and her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Harvard University in 1978.
The Nellie Y. McKay Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Afro-American Studies, the Department of English, and the Department of Gender and Women's Studies.
Please visit the Nellie Y. McKay Lecture page for more information and for a list of past lectures.