Current Friars Leaders

2017/18 Friars Leaders

Dr. Joyce M. Bell

Dr. Joyce M. Bell

Keynote and Book Signing, February 7, 2018

Dr. Joyce M. Bell is Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and the Don A. Martindale endowed chair of sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research—in the area of race, social movements, and the professions—is primarily concerned with how resistance to racism shapes the professions. Dr. Bell's first book, The Black Power Movement and American Social Work (2014, Columbia University Press) details the impact of the Black Power Movement on the profession of social work. Dr. Bell has also published research on the role of diversity discourse in institutions, higher education policy, and in the law. Dr. Bell is currently working on her second book, Black Power Lawyers: Unique and Unorthodox Methods, to be published by Oxford University Press.
Bell holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota and a BA in Spanish and sociology from the University of St. Thomas. She is an Upward Bound & McNair Scholars alumna and is a past recipient of both the Minnesota and National TRIO Achievers Awards. Bell has also been awarded fellowships from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center. She is the 2016 recipient of the American Sociological Association Section on Racial & Ethnic Minorities Distinguished Early Career Award.

Sayu Bhojwani

Sayu Bhojwani

Community Talk, February 28, 2018

Sayu Bhojwani is the Founder and President of the New American Leaders Project, which is based in New York City. She served as New York City's first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens.

Bhojwani's work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and in The New York Times. She has shared her personal journey in The Nation and contributes frequently to the Huffington Post and Medium. Her TED talk focuses on the importance of immigrants to American democracy. She is the author of a book on multiracial democracy, forthcoming from the New Press.

Bhojwani earned a PhD in Politics and Education from Columbia University, where her research focused on immigrant political participation. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. An immigrant of Indian descent, she grew up in Belize and now lives in New York City with her husband and child.

Follow her on Twitter: @SayuBhojwani


Dr. Beverly Tatum

Dr. Beverly Tatum

Keynote, Book Signing, Reception, March 21, 2018

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her thirteen years as the president of Spelman College (2002-2015) were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award. The author of several books including the best-selling ";Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?";and Other Conversations About Race (now in a new 2017 20th anniversary edition) and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007), Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topic of racial identity development, the impact of race in the classroom, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments, and higher education leadership. In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

A civic leader in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum is engaged in educational initiatives designed to expand educational opportunity for underserved students and their families, as well as to connect communities across lines of difference. Locally she serves on the governing boards of the Westside Future Fund, Achieve Atlanta, and Morehouse College as well as the Georgia Power Board of Directors. Her national service includes her membership on the boards of Smith College, the Educational Testing Service, and TIAA Charitable.

She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her 2002 appointment as president of Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College. In Spring 2017 she was the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. She is married to Dr. Travis Tatum; they are the parents of two adult sons.


Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant

Anita Diamant is the bestselling author of the novels The Boston Girl, The Red Tent, Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown, and Day After Night, and the collection of essays, Pitching My Tent. An award-winning journalist whose work appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine and Parenting, she is the author of six nonfiction guides to co ntemporary Jewish life. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in comparative literature and earned a Master's in American literature from Binghamton University in upstate New York.

In 1997, Diamant published her first work of fiction. Inspired by a few lines from Genesis, The Red Tent tells the story an obscure and overlooked character named Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob and Leah. The Red Tent became a word-of-mouth bestseller thanks to reader recommendations, book groups, and support from independent bookstores. In 2001, the Independent Booksellers Alliance honored The Red Tent as the ";Booksense Best Fiction"; of the year. The Red Tent has been published in more than 25 countries world wide, including Australia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. In 2014, the novel was adapted as a two-part, four-hour miniseries by Lifetime TV.

Her new work of fiction is The Boston Girl. Addie Baum is that Boston girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can't imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women; a world where women finish high school, go to college, have a career, and find true love. The Boston Girl begins when Addie's twenty-two year old granddaughter asks, ";How did you get to be the woman you are today?";

Anita Diamant is the founding president Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center in Newton Massachusetts — a reinvention of the ancient Jewish tradition of mikveh, ritual immersion in water.