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Education and Access

Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell ’69, H’09 visited campus in October during Garnet Weekend to give the 2019 McCabe Lecture, “Education: The New Civil Rights? What Is the Role of America’s Colleges and Universities in Expanding Access to Educational Excellence?” (Watch: 

In her talk—part of the College’s Celebrating Black Excellence programming—Campbell spoke about the work Spelman is doing in Atlanta to increase literacy among middle schoolers and how liberal arts colleges can do more to support nontraditional students. Campbell has been a leader in education, the arts, and the public sector for more than four decades. She is dean emerita of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts,  former vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.