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CANCELLED/POSTPONED: Critical Pedagogies of Race and Gender


We regret that have to postpone this event.   Please stay tuned to our website for a new date in the fall. 

The conference is in honor of the retirement of Professor Alexandrina Deschamps and her tremendous contributions to the University.   

If you want to be notified by email of the new date, please register at this link



Moderator - Kiran Asher, WGSS Professor

10:30-12:00 p.m.

Michelle Rowley, Associate Professor, Women's Studies, University of Maryland
"Dangerous Intimacies: Exploring Contradictions of Queer Belonging." 

12:00 - Lunch


Moderator - Svati Shah, Associate Professor

Jennifer Nash, Associate Professor, African American Studies and Gender & Sexuality Studies, Northwestern
"Black Feminism Reimagined"

3:00-4:30 Alumni Panel - Reflections on the importance of critical pedagogies of race and gender

Moderator - TreaAndrea Russworm, Associate Professor English at UMass

Kirsten Isgro, Associate Professor of Comunication Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh
Allia Abdullah-Matta, English faculty at LaGuardia Community College
Shelley Perdomo, Assistant Vice Chancellor Advocacy and Inclusion Support Program at UMass Amherst
Rani Varghese, Assistant Professor and Department Chair, School of Social Work at Adelphi University

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Reception

Parking will be in the Campus Center parking garage.  Please contact for a parking pass.     

Our UMass Co-sponors include:  Commonwealth Honors College, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Office of Faculty Development, Advocacy, Inclusion and Support Program, Center for Teaching and Learning, English Department, History Department, W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies, College of Education, Women of Color Leadership Network and the Center for Women and Community.