Smith-Pettit Lecture

This presentation will take place in the University of Utah Student Union Building Central Ballroom at 7:00 pm.

Doors open for seating at 5:00 pm.

The Smith-Pettit lecture is free and open to the public, thanks to a generous grant from the Smith-Pettit foundation. To get a ticket, you just need to arrive early to get a seat. We are only seating for 300. There will be overflow seating available where the presentation can be viewed via live stream. Doors will open at 5:00 pm.

The lecture will be held in the central ballroom of the University of Utah Olpin Student Union building, located at 200 S Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112. It will begin promptly at 7:00 pm and go until 8:00 pm. Cameras will not be allowed during the lecture.

You will need to register to attend the rest of the conference. You can register for the entire conference here.

Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.

Melissa hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-Perry” from 2012-2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC.

She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.

Moderator: Jim Debakis

Jim Dabakis is an American politician from Salt Lake City, Utah. A Democrat, he is a member of the Utah State Senate, where he represents the state’s 2nd senate district.


Wednesday, 26 July 2017
7:00 pm
University of Utah
Olpin Student Union
Saltair Room 


Seating for this lecture is on a first-come first-served basis. We recommend arriving early to secure a seat. Sunstone cannot hold or reserve seats for this presentation. Doors open for this presentation at 5:00PM.