Friday, February 21, 2014

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Monday, January 13, 2014

We are delighted to invite you to the Symposium Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora. With this event, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst commemorates its 40th anniversary. It will bring together a group of scholars working at the intersections of black and feminist diasporic studies. Our keynote address "The Place of Black Feminism" will be delivered by Dr. Dorothy Roberts, from the University of Pennsylvania. Click here to access the program (or see below).

When? February 28 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where? Amherst Room (10th Floor), Campus Center

This event is free and open to the public. To participate, please register by February 20 here.


9:30 – 10:00    Meet/greet & continental breakfast

10: 00-10:15    Opening remarks 
Joe Bartolomeo, Associate Dean – College of Humanities & Fine Arts, UMass 
Laura Briggs, Chair – Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

10:15-11:15     Keynote address

“The Place of Black Feminism”

Dorothy E. Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of  Law & Sociology, Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

11:15:12:30     Panel 1

In the Beginning: Bringing Gender into Afro-American Studies / Bringing Race into Women's Studies

Presenters:       John Bracey, Interim Chair – Afro-American Studies, UMass 

Arlene Avakian, Professor Emeritus – Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

Moderator:       Paula Giddings, Professor – Afro-American Studies, Smith 

12:30-1:30       Buffet lunch

1:45-3:15         Panel 2

New Directions in Black Cultural Studies

Presenters:       Tanisha Ford, Assistant Professor – Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor – English, University of Pennsylvania

Emily Lordi, Assistant Professor – English, UMass Amherst

Moderator:       Daphne Lamothe, Associate Professor – Afro-American Studies, Smith College

3:15-3:30         Break

3:30-5:00         Panel 3

The Place of Black Feminism: New Methodologies and Praxis

Presenters:       Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor – Women's and Gender Studies / Africana Studies, Rutgers University

Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Assistant Professor – Africana Studies, Williams College

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Assistant Professor – Anthropology, UMass Amherst

Moderator:       Mecca Sullivan, Assistant Professor – Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

5:00-5:30         Closing remarks

Banu Subramanian,  Associate Dean – College of Humanities and Fine Arts / 
Associate Professor – Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst