Sara Ahmed

For this presentation, Ahmed will demonstrate how and why diversity is “in use” as a word and as a concept to help understand how universities are shaped by patterns of use that often go unnoticed.

The feminist writer and scholar Sara Ahmed will deliver this year’s James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education, “The Institutional as Usual: Diversity, Utility, and the University.”

Ahmed’s research interests lay at the intersection of feminist, queer and race studies, exploring how bodies and worlds take shape, and how power is secured and challenged in daily life as well as in institutional cultures.