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Otelia Cromwell Day 2017

Roxane Gay Delivers 2017 Keynote Address

Author and cultural critic Roxane Gay delivered the keynote address at 2017’s Otelia Cromwell Day ceremony, Thursday, November 2, in John M. Greene Hall.

Gay’s work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her debut novel, An Untamed State, was long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Gay released her memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, as well as a collection of short stories titled Difficult Women.

Gay is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and has served as the co-editor of PANK and nonfiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. She recently became the first black woman to write for Marvel, creating a comic series in the Black Panther universe called World of Wakanda.


Keynote: Roxane Gay

Workshop: Reproductive Injustice, White Supremacy and Feminist Resistance Strategies

Workshop: Algorithmic Accountability

Workshop: Police and Social Control

Otelia Cromwell Day Committee 2017

  • Kim Alston, co-chair
  • Joanne Benkley
  • Razi Beresin-Scher ’20
  • Denise Brown
  • Matilda Rose Cantwell
  • Ryenne Carpenter ’19
  • Dwight Hamilton, co-chair
  • Amanda Huntleigh
  • Natalie James
  • Queen Lanier
  • Merrilyn Lewis, co-chair
  • Samuel Masinter
  • Amy Olson ’20
  • Paige Pryor ’20
  • L’Tanya Richmond
  • Mariana Estrella Rivera AC’16
  • Cai Sherley ’19
  • Robert Simmons
  • Dominique Straughn-Turner ’20
  • Johanna Walter
  • Ellen Doré Watson
  • Traci Williams AC ’18J
  • Louis Wilson
  • Nanci Young
  • Tina Zaengle