Scholar & Speaker & Strategist


Dr. Chatelain offers keynote lectures, moderates panels, and presents workshops around the world. If you are interested in inviting Dr. Chatelain to your campus or community, consult this calendar first to determine her availability. She hopes to see you at her next event.

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University of Wisconsin--Madison Humanities Center presents Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

  • Fluno Center Auditorium Madison, WI USA (map)

Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown.  The author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration from Duke University Press, she teaches about women’s and girls’ history, as well as the history of black capitalism. Her talk will focus on her upcoming book Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, which will be released by Liveright Publishing, a division of W.W. Norton and Company, in January 2020. Chatelain’s book will examine the intricate relationship among African American politicians, civil rights organizations, communities, and the fast food industry. Her next book will examine the history of college access programs and the specific ways that first-generation college students are transforming higher education.  In 2017, she held an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellowship at the New America think tank. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she held a National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship. She is currently an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. 

This talk is presented in partnership with the Wisconsin School of Business.