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Morgan Parker is the author of the poetry collections Magical Negro (Tin House 2019), There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Tin House 2017), and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015). Her debut young adult novel Who Put This Song On? will be released by Delacorte Press on September 24, 2019. A debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World / Random House. Parker received her Bachelors in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University and her MFA in Poetry from NYU.

HMSLA is coordinating with American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) to host a fundraiser benefitting students of HMSLA. The event will be on March 21, 2019 from 6-8:30pm. A reception with light refreshments (alcohol and food) will be from 6 to 7pm. Following the reception, there will be a 1.5 hour ACHE approved panel with 4-5 speakers. The speakers will present on disruptive innovations in healthcare delivery. The event will end at 8:30pm. We will be charging admission and also will be conduction a silent auction during the reception. 

How have our mother's influenced our understanding of ourselves? How have we grown into or out of their legacy? This keynote examines how we both embody and reject the narratives of our mothers, using the personal narrative of writer and teacher Ashley Young alongside the writings of Audre Lorde.  

N(ora). K. Jemisin is a Newcomb College alumna (NC 1994). She writes speculative fiction: novels, multi-book series, and short stories. In 2016, she became the first African American writer to win the Best Novel Hugo Award, for The Fifth Season. In 2018, she was the first author to win three Hugos in a row, for her Broken Earth trilogy. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors.
 
Jemisin will read from her work, and Lauren Wethers of Newcomb College Institute will interview her.
 
 

Damon is a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas. He is also senior editor of The Root. His work has been featured in numerous publications and on numerous platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, EBONY, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon, and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, their annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports, and entertainment.
Reception to follow

Title: ‘Their Wicked Conduct’: Women, Gender, and the Formation of Families in Early French Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi Valley Borderlands

Damon is a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas. He is also senior editor of The Root. His work has been featured in numerous publications and on numerous platforms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, EBONY, MSNBC, BET, Slate, Salon, and USA Today. In 2016, he was named to The Root 100, their annual list of the most influential African Americans in the fields of business, science, politics, technology, social justice, sports, and entertainment.
Reception to follow