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Dr. Julianne Malveaux talks to Bernie McCain about her new book, “Surviving and Thriving: 365 facts in Black Economy History”, and the Urban League Conference at the Washington Convention Center.

As the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Julianne Malveaux has been

the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America’s oldest historically

black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration has identified four key

focus areas: women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and

global awareness. In the three short years of her presidency, Bennett College has

successfully received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools, markedly improved existing facilities, embarked on

a $21 million capital improvements program – which marks the first major campus

construction in more than 25 years – and in fall 2009 enjoys an historic enrollment high.

Moreover, the campus is alive and invigorated with a new sense of purpose and passion,

as the Bennett College community embraces its commitment to create an oasis where

women are educated, celebrated, and transformed into 21st century leaders and global


Dr. Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations.

She is a labor economist, noted author, and colorful commentator. Julianne Malveaux has

been described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the

country.” Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender,

and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.

Dr. Malveaux’s popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher

Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns

appeared for more than a decade (1990-2003) in newspapers across the country including

the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press,

and San Francisco Examiner. She has hosted television and radio programs, and

appeared widely as a commentator on networks, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC,

Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others.

Dr. Malveaux has been a contributor to academic life since receiving her Ph.D. in

economics from MIT in 1980. She has been on the faculty or visiting faculty of the New

School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California

(Berkeley), College of Notre Dame (San Mateo, California), Michigan State University

and Howard University. She holds honorary degrees from Sojourner Douglas College

(Baltimore, Maryland), Marygrove College (Detroit, Michigan), University of the District

of Columbia, and Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina). She received her

bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at Boston College.

A native San Franciscan, she is the Founder and Thought Leader of Last Word

Productions, Inc., a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, D.C.