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August 26, 2020

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May 31, 2020

On Saturday morning, many of us who live in the Twin Cities awoke to the smell of our cities on fire. Protests raged for a fourth straight night against the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, by Derek Chauvin, a white former Minneapolis police officer. Mr. Chauvin h...

May 29, 2020

Watch as Duchess Harris joins Al McFarlane in a riveting conversation about George Floyd's death and the community's response. 

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April 13, 2020

March 17 was the finale for the fourth season of the NBC show, “This Is Us.”  

Set in Pittsburgh, the story follows three seemingly unconnected young adults who share a birthday. “The average human being,” we’re told, “shares his or he...

February 26, 2020

"After 101 years, Katherine Johnson left this earth with a contribution that far exceeds her work at NASA: She has inspired young black girls to reach for the stars. The film “Hidden Figures” made famous her work calculating the trajectory the Mercury space capsule had...

February 21, 2020

"Why did I decide to curate a series of books entitled “Freedom’s Promise” for ABDO publishing? “Freedom’s Promise” is a new line of 36 books that I have curated for 4th–12th graders. These books cover African American topics. Some are familiar, such as the March on Wa...

January 21, 2020

On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Duchess Harris sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Washington, D.C. Their conversation focuses on the #MeToo movement, its intersections with race and class, and who owns the nar...

July 28, 2019

For Duchess Harris, Ph.D. (BF’09), then a tenured associate professor at Macalester College, a Bush Fellowship gave her support to pursue legal studies and earn her law degree. The former chair of the American studies department at Macalester, Harris is an author and s...

July 27, 2019

All systems were a go for Dr. Duchess Harris when she threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Minnesota Twins’ July 20 game at Target Field against the Oakland A’s.

The honor was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing that took place Jul...

July 21, 2019

Saturday, July 20 vs. Oakland Athletics, Presented by Select Heartland Chevy Dealers (6:10 p.m.)

The first pitch will be thrown by Dr. Duchess Harris, an American Studies Professor at Macalester College, the author of “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA” an...

July 20, 2019

“Why is the act of a brown body on white ice political?” Duchess Harris, a professor at Macalester College and author of a six-volume examination of race and sports, offers context around Brownbody, a Twin Cities performance ensemble that melds modern dance, theater, a...

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