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Started in 1948, the Harriet Elliott Lecture Series (HELS) is one of UNC Greensboro’s oldest and most established lecture programs. Each year, HELS brings distinguished speakers to campus to present fresh insights into key issues in the social and behavioral sciences.
The series honors the pioneering professor, Harriet Elliott Wiseman, who taught political science and served as Dean of Women at the university from 1913-1947.
HELS 2022 EXPLORES:
One key to building a prosperous society is the inclusion of the widest possible strata of society in both political and economic life. Excluding individuals from full participation in the economy, whether due to their race, gender, sexual orientation, poverty, education, or health not only harms these individuals directly but also harms all of society through a less vibrant, less dynamic, and less innovative economy. This lecture series brings a series of researchers to campus whose work is at the forefront of current efforts to document the benefits of inclusion in building a prosperous and innovative economy.
The Future is Equitable: A Data-Driven Approach
February 28, 2022
Can Addressing Gender and Racial Disparities in Innovation Unleash Economic Growth?
March 29, 2022
The DEI Journey: Building a Culture of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
April 12, 2022
Harriet Wiseman Elliott taught political science on this campus from 1913 until 1935, when she became Dean of Women. Professor Elliott was a pioneer in the women’s rights and suffrage movements and served during the 1940’s as presidential appointee under the Roosevelt administration. Her activities included Consumer Commissioner on the Advisory Commission to the Council of Defense and U.S. delegate to the 1945 U.N. Conference on Education, Science, and Cultural Organization in London. In the year following her death, the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina established the Harriet Elliott Social Science Forum in her memory. The Social Science Forum has evolved over the years into the Harriet Elliott Lecture Series-one of UNCG’s premier events.