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Deborah Willis, One of the Nation’s Leading Historians of African American Photography, to Speak at Bentley University January 28


Deborah Willis, One of the Nation’s Leading Historians of African American Photography, to Speak at Bentley University January 28


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Deborah Willis, university professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, will deliver the keynote address at Bentley University’s 28th annual celebration breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 28, 2014, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Willis has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation's leading historians of African American photography and curators of African American culture.

Willis has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies at NYU. She was named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography" by American Photography magazine. She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. In 1996 she received the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award.

Her newest book, Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty, explores historical perceptions of beauty and desire through artistic and ethnographic imagery. Her extensive book list also includes Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery (with Barbara Krauthamer), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, and Obama: the Historic Campaign in Photographs. Her book Michelle Obama, The First Lady in Photographs, received the 2010 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Biography/Autobiography.

Space is limited and seating by reservation only. For more information call 781.891.2001 or email The program is sponsored by the President’s Office, Multicultural Center, and the Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit


by Meredith Mason  September 13, 2016

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Colleges 2017, Bentley University is ranked #3 among “Best Regional Universities - North.” 



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