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Critical Pedagogies of Race and Gender


A Symposium honoring Dr. Alex Deschamps

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Jennifer Nash (Duke University), Black Feminism Reimagined - a conversation with Britt Rusert, W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro American Studies, UMass Amherst

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Michelle Rowley (University of Maryland), Queering Home:  Silences, Contradictions and Unexpected Intimacies - a conversation with Kiran Asher, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, UMass Amherst

3:00-4:30 p.m. - Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Alex Deschamps

Allia Abdullah-Matta, Associate Professor, English, CUNY LaGuardia
Gregory Coleman, Assistant Professor, Concordia University, Texas
Allana Da Graca, President, Turning on the Lights Global Institute, Inc.
Kirsten Isgro, Associate Professor, Communication studies, SUNY Plattsburg
Shelly Perdomo, Assistant Vice Chancellor Advocacy and Inclusion, UMass Amherst
Rani Varghese, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Adelphi University
Sophia Zaman, Executive Director, Raise the Floor Alliance

4:30-5:30 p.m. - Toasts, Roasts and Celebrations - Open forum

Sponsored by Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and the Commonwealth Honors College.  

Announcing the Dr. Alex Deschamps Student Award!

Alex joined the faculty of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies in 1995, before moving to the Commonwealth Honors College as a full-time Associate Dean in the fall of 2018. 

This award is for current UMass students doing work preferably but not exclusively on black feminisms or women of color feminisms. The work could be related to current or planned coursework, internships, jobs, or activist projects.  

Click here to give - thanks!