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Noted academic, economist and expert on African-American/Black History, Dr. Julianne Malveaux's insightful and colorful writing and broadcasting is shaping public dialogue on race, culture and gender in today's America.

Dr. Malveaux was awarded her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1980 and has held many prestigious academic posts since as faculty or visiting faculty member of the New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, the University of California (Berkeley), the College of Notre Dame (San Mateo, California), Michigan State University and Howard University. In addition to her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston College, she has been awarded honorary degrees from Sojourner Douglas College (Baltimore, Maryland), Marygrove College (Detroit, Michigan), University of the District of Columbia, and Benedict College (Columbia, South Carolina).

For more than a decade Dr. Malveaux published a weekly column that was syndicated across the USA, appearing in The Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Examiner. Other outlets for her popular writing include USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms., Essence, and The Progressive magazines. In high demand as a host and commentator, her broadcasting appearances have included, among others, CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

Dr. Malveaux is currently Honorary Co-chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a board member at the Economic Policy Institute and The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington DC. As the 15th president of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Malveaux drove forward improvements in the nation's oldest historically black college for women. Under her stewardship the college was awarded a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation, began a $21 million capital improvements program and experienced the highest enrolment in its history.

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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., Essence, and The Progressive magazines. 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. Julianne 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.

During her time as the 15th President of Bennett College for Women, Dr. Julianne Malveaux was the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America’s oldest historically black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration identified four key focus areas: women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications, and global awareness. In the five short years of her presidency, Bennett College 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 marked the first major campus construction in more than 25 years—and in fall 2009 enjoyed an historic enrollment high.

Currently, Dr. Malveaux is the Honorary Co-Chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC. A native San Franciscan, she is the President and owner of Economic Education a 501 c-3 non-profit headquartered in Washington, D.C.


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Julianne Malveaux on radicalism and protest movements


“Systems and laws emerged to reinforce inequality," Dr. Julianne Malraux explains as she looks into the roots of historical systemic prejudice in the USA and the efforts of those who fought against it. “What was radical about the civil rights movement was that it was entirely unexpected that oppressed people would stand up for themselves and offer resistance to the status quo."

Dr. Julianne Malveaux: ICAN Presents - Speech


Dr. Julianne Malveaux: Rock Newman - Interview



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Dr. Malveaux speaks on a wide range of topics covering civil rights, Black History, women's rights, diversity and the economic impacts of a changing culture. She also presents a fascinating insight into the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Topics Include:

    • Rhetoric or Reality? Civil Rights Under Siege
    • Celebrating Black History Month: The African American Legacy
    • Economics, Race and Justice in the 21st Century: Perspective on Our Nation's Future
    • Determined Diversity: Creating a Cohesive and Effective Workplace
    • Taking the Lead: How Women Shape Our Political Future
    • Surviving and Thriving: Celebrating the Economic Successes of Blacks in America
    • The Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


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Dr. Malveaux’s presentation sparked a lively discussion on women, race, and economics in our following class session. The students commented on how engaging and informative she was and what an honor it was to have her visit our class. Indeed it was an honor, and I thank her for her time. I also very much enjoyed her presentation at the Dayton Urban League dinner that evening. I wasn’t surprised that she received a standing ovation from the over 1,200 member audience!
   Director, Wright State University

Dr. Malveaux keynote address received rave reviews. She was highly rated on our evaluations by the conference attendees. Her comments were timely, insightful and completely aligned with the ongoing urban education issues CUBE addresses, as well as with key national issues such as the economy and federal politics.

I was quite pleased with Ms. Malveaux's keynote address, but more importantly our meeting attendees were absolutely captured by her intelligent and informed commentary.

If the opportunity arises CUBE would enthusiastically invite Dr. Malveaux to again present to our audience of urban school board members and superintendents from across the nation.

Thanks for all of your assistance in our selection of Dr. Malveaux.
   National School Boards Association

Julianne Malveaux did a marvelous job in her presentation on “Women and Children of the Earth.” Her articulate passion shone through and moved our students in a significant fashion. She was also great with the students and other faculty members at the dinner.
   Thiel College

We had such a wonderful turn out for this event. Thank you for all of your help in making this happen for us and we look forward to working with you in the future.
   Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan




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Dr. Malveaux’s presentation sparked a lively discussion on women, race, and economics in our following class session. The students commented on how engaging and informative she was and what an honor it was to have her visit our class. Indeed it was an honor, and I thank her for her time. I also very much enjoyed her presentation at the Dayton Urban League dinner that evening. I wasn’t surprised that she received a standing ovation from the over 1,200 member audience!
   Director, Wright State University

Dr. Malveaux keynote address received rave reviews. She was highly rated on our evaluations by the conference attendees. Her comments were timely, insightful and completely aligned with the ongoing urban education issues CUBE addresses, as well as with key national issues such as the economy and federal politics.

I was quite pleased with Ms. Malveaux's keynote address, but more importantly our meeting attendees were absolutely captured by her intelligent and informed commentary.

If the opportunity arises CUBE would enthusiastically invite Dr. Malveaux to again present to our audience of urban school board members and superintendents from across the nation.

Thanks for all of your assistance in our selection of Dr. Malveaux.
   National School Boards Association

Julianne Malveaux did a marvelous job in her presentation on “Women and Children of the Earth.” Her articulate passion shone through and moved our students in a significant fashion. She was also great with the students and other faculty members at the dinner.
   Thiel College

We had such a wonderful turn out for this event. Thank you for all of your help in making this happen for us and we look forward to working with you in the future.
   Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


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Julianne Malveaux on radicalism and protest movements


“Systems and laws emerged to reinforce inequality," Dr. Julianne Malraux explains as she looks into the roots of historical systemic prejudice in the USA and the efforts of those who fought against it. “What was radical about the civil rights movement was that it was entirely unexpected that oppressed people would stand up for themselves and offer resistance to the status quo."

Dr. Julianne Malveaux: ICAN Presents - Speech


Dr. Julianne Malveaux: Rock Newman - Interview