Announcing the 2024 Atlanta Studies Symposium Keynote Speakers

Please join us on Friday, April 12, 2024 for a day of keynotes, workshops, panels, posters, and conversations at the eleventh annual Atlanta Studies Symposium hosted at Emory University’s Woodruff Library.

Our city emerges at the confluence of lived experience, policy experiments, the built environment, history, the environment, and a myriad of other factors and influences. In keeping with this year’s theme “Visions of Atlanta,” the symposium will bring together scholars from across the region to discuss visions and imaginations for Atlanta’s future. The full schedule of presentations will be available soon on the Atlanta Studies site. The symposium will also feature a keynote address from Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D. (Spelman College) and will conclude with the Cliff Kuhn Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered this year by Christopher Sellers, Ph.D. (Stony Brook University). Though the symposium is free and open to the public, we do request that you register in advance so that we can accurately gauge seating and food needs. If you have any further questions about the event (including any accessibility needs), please contact

Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence is an associate professor of sociology at Spelman College. Her teaching and research interests in the areas of sociology, criminology, law and violence against women. She has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation Institutional Transformation Project, the University of Chicago Provost Initiative on Minority Affairs, the Agnes Scott College Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Georgia Department of Corrections. In addition to her faculty position at Spelman, Dr. Spence serves as director of the UNCF Mellon Programs. She is the recipient of the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Tiffany Award and the Fannie Lou Hammer Community Service Award. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Internship Institute.

Dr. Christopher C. Sellers is professor of history at Stony Brook University in New York. He holds a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he is also on faculty at the graduate program in public health at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is author of Hazards of the Job: From Industrial Disease to Environmental Health Science and co-editor of, among other volumes, Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazards across a Globalizing World.

Christopher Sellers