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Alumna Julianne M. Malveaux (Ph.D. 1980), economist, author and syndicated columnist, will be the keynote speaker for MIT's 30th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The theme for this year's celebration is "Rhetoric or Reality: Civil Rights Under Siege." Malveaux will deliver her remarks at the celebratory breakfast in Walker Memorial's Morss Hall on Thursday, Feb. 5. President Charles M. Vest and his wife, Rebecca, host the breakfast every year.
Vest, Provost Robert A. Brown, Chancellor Phillip L. Clay and students also will speak at the breakfast.
Malveaux writes monthly for USA Today and Black Issues in Higher Education and a weekly column that appears in more than 20 newspapers. She is also a frequent contributor to national magazines including Essence, Ms., Crisis, Emerge, Black Enterprise and The Progressive.
She was the co-editor of "Slipping Through The Cracks: The Status of Black Women" and authored "Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: Perspectives of a Mad Economist," an anthology of her newspaper columns. Another collection of her columns titled "Wall Street, Main Street, and the Side Street: A Mad Economist Takes A Stroll" was published in January 1999.
Malveaux, who holds a B.A. and M.A. in economics from Boston College in addition to her doctorate from MIT, has taught at Notre Dame, the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.
A past president of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, she chairs the board of directors of the National Child Labor Committee, serves on the boards of the Center for Policy Alternatives and the Economic Policy Institute and worked on staff at the Council of Economic Advisors, the Rockefeller Foundation, the New School for Social Research University and San Francisco State University.
She has been affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Research on Women and Gender at Stanford (1987-89) and was a consultant to the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
Malveaux is president and CEO of Last Word Productions Inc., which has produced a public affairs radio show and television show for PBS. She also has been the editor-in-chief for the National Council of Negro Women's compendium "Voices of Vision: African American Women on the Issues."
The breakfast is open to students and other members of the MIT community. Space is limited and reservations must be made. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 2.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 19, 2003.