Wed, April 12, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Reception from 3:30–4; talk from 4–5:30
Lisa Wade is an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College. Her newest book, American Hookup, is about the emergence and character of the culture of sex that dominates college campuses today.
Wednesday, April 19
Challenges and Opportunities in the Study of Racial Extremism
Research Lunch: 12-1:30
Location: Nau 142
Ten Fallacies about Racist Extremists
Public Talk: 3:30-5pm
Reception to follow
Professor and Assoc. Dean for Graduate Studies
Friday, February 17
Co-sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective in the College of Arts & Sciences
11:30 – Lunch
12:00 – Keynote
12:40 – Q&A
1:00 – Book Signing
Pinn Hall Auditorium
Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School, where she is the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is also Founding Director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, Roberts has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of race and gender in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming thinking on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. She is author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997; Twentieth Anniversary Edition, Vintage 2017), Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century (New Press, 2011) and more than 100 articles and book chapters, as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender. She serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard Program on Ethics & the Professions, and Stanford Center for the Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. Recent recognitions of her work include the Society of Family Planning 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award and American Psychiatric Association 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award.
Photo by Chris Crisman
Wednesday, March 29
Talks Sponsored by the Power, Violence & Inequality Collective
Research Lunch Talk: 12-1:30
Title: “You Can’t Fix a Broken Foundation: Black Women’s Housing in the 1970s”
Place: Gibson 142
Public Talk: 3:30-5:00
Title: “Black Lives Matter in the Trump Era”
Place: Minor Hall 125
Reception to follow
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, published by Haymarket Books in January 2016. The book surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistent structural inequality, including mass incarceration, housing discrimination, police violence, and unemployment. Taylor is the recipient of the 2016 Cultural Freedom Especially Notable Book Award from the Lannan Foundation.
Taylor’s interests are broadly in the fields of race and public policy, Black politics and racial inequality in the United States. She is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. Taylor’s writing has been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, The New Republic, AlJazeera America, Jacobin, In These Times, New Politics, The International Socialist Review and other publications. She is currently writing a book titled Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis in the 1970s, under contract with the University of North Carolina Press in their Justice, Power and Politics series. Taylor received her PhD in African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Professor in African American Studies at Princeton University.
March 17, 2017
Friday, 6:30-8:00 PM
Minor Hall Room 125
Global Black Girl Politics: Activists Reflect on Youth, Justice, and Girlhoods
Janaé E Bonsu, National Public Policy Chair of BYP100.
Beverley Palesa Ditsie, Filmmaker, Activist, Co-Founder of Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand (GLOW), South Africa
Denise Oliver-Velez, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, SUNY- New Palz, U.S.A.; former member of Young Lords Party and Black Panther Party
Phindile Kunene, Curriculum Developer, Tshisimani Center for Activist Education, South Africa; former member of Young Communist League of South Africa and South African Student CongressChair, Claudrena Harold, Associate Professor of African-American History, University of Virginia
Reception to follow
Women Moving Forward Panel
January 18th, 2017 from 5:30 to 7pm EST
Darden Grounds; Classroom 50
There is no doubt that the 2016 US Presidential election was a polarizing experience for many and, regardless of which candidate you supported, we all are beginning to think about things a little differently in the post-election America. In the wake of the election and in the spirit of the MLK Day, Darden GWIB along with the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective, with the support of the Office of Diversity Initiatives, is hosting a “Women Moving Forward” panel during the evening of Wednesday, January 18th. The theme of this panel is to not only discuss gender dynamics in the election, but also identify ways we all can move forward after the divisive election and help make sense in our new reality, with a particular focus on what this means for women and other marginalized groups. Panelists include Cori Field, Denise Walsh, Abby Palko and Catherine Spear
Title: “Risk and Resistance in Response to Women’s Increased Civic and Political Participation in the Global South,” funded by USAID/IIE
January 25, 2017
Research Talk: Denise Walsh, Vanessa Ochs, Swati Chawla, Dannah Dennis, Paromita Sen, and Catalina Vallejo, University of Virginia
Widespread agreement exists among scholars and activists that women’s civic and political participation is crucial for democracy and development. Nevertheless, obstacles to women’s participation persist. What are the most effective strategies for increasing women’s participation in civil society and politics? When these strategies are adopted, what type of opposition do women face as a result, and how can it best be mitigated? This USAID-commissioned review of the literature identifies seven effective strategies for encouraging women’s participation. It also finds that low to moderate resistance to women’s participation is ubiquitous across sites and countries. Most significantly, we find that scholars have failed to systematically analyze opposition to women’s participation in politics and civil society. We thus explain what scholars do know about opposition to women’s participation and identify critical areas for future research.
There is no doubt that the 2016 US Presidential election was a polarizing experience for many and, regardless of which candidate you supported, we all are beginning to think about things a little differently in the post-election America. In the wake of the election and in the spirit of the MLK Day, Darden GWIB along with the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective, with the support of the Office of Diversity Initiatives, is hosting a “Women Moving Forward” panel during the evening of Wednesday, January 18th. The theme of this panel is to not only discuss gender dynamics in the election, but also identify ways we all can move forward after the divisive election and help make sense in our new reality, with a particular focus on what this means for women and other marginalized groups. Panelists include Cori Field, Denise Walsh, Abby Palko and Catherine Spear.
New Cabell Hall Room 236
Nov. 15, 12-1:30
With increasing attention to epidemic rates of sexual assault in the military and within higher education, the idea of sexual consent is being leveraged by activists, educators, policymakers, and scholars to identify what sexual violence is and how it is produced. Does the concept of sexual consent have transformative potential? In this talk, I will present findings from a grounded theory study of sexual relationships and sexual violence prevention at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I will use these findings to illustrate how the concept of sexual consent operates at multiple layers of the developmental system: the personal, the institutional, and the sociopolitical. I will then ask how, if at all, the concept of consent can be used to interrupt existing power structures that produce and promote sexual violence. The limitations of the concept of consent, and the ways in which a focus on consent at times functions to increase individual vulnerability to violence, will also be considered.
Luncheon talk hosted by the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective
Friday, October 14, 12:00 – 1:30
A brief lecture followed by Q&A (moderated by Denise Walsh)
Carissa Harris is Assistant Professor of English at Temple University. Her research interests include the history of obscenity, illicit speech, gender, and sexual violence in late-medieval English literature (full bio here). She has recently published an article in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies entitled “Rape Narrative, Courtly Critique, and the Pedagogy of Sexual Negotiation in the Middle English Pastourelle” (May 2016) (abstract here) and is currently completing a book manuscript titled Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain.