Symposium to Explore ‘Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora’

Dorothy E. Roberts

As part of the women, gender, sexuality studies (WGSS) department’s 40th anniversary, a symposium on “Critical Feminist Thought and the African Diaspora” is being held Friday, Feb. 28 from 9:30 am to 5:30 p.m. in the Amherst Room, 10th floor of the Campus Center.

Professor Dorothy E. Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania will give the keynote address, “The Place of Black Feminism.”

Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and professor of Africana studies at Penn. She is an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, and her work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans.

Other participating scholars include Arlene Avakian, professor emeritus, WGSS; Banu Subramanian, associate dean in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and associate professor WGSS; Brittney Cooper, Rutgers University; Daphne Lamothe, Smith College; Emily Lordi, assistant professor of English; Joe Bartolomeo, associate dean in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts; John Bracey, interim chair, Afro-American studies, Laura Briggs, chair, WGSS; Mecca Sullivan, assistant professor, WGSS; Paula Giddings, Smith College; Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Williams College; Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania; Tanisha Ford, assistant professor, WGSS; Whitney Battle-Baptiste, assistant professor, anthropology.

Panel 1: “Genealogies of African American and Black Feminist Scholarship at UMass Amherst”

Panel 2: “New Directions in Black Cultural Studies”

Panel 3: “The Place of Black Feminism: New Methodologies and Praxis”