About the Event
Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, chosen by students to receive the 2020 Charles Bassett Teaching Award. An ordained minister, Professor Gilkes is an expert on African-American religious history, race, and ethnicity in the United States, black women and social change, Gospel music, and W.E.B. Du Bois, among other subjects. Gilkes has taught at Colby since 1987 and was a close friend of the late professor of American Studies for whom the teaching award is named.