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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

23rd annual David Noble Lecture featuring Roderick A. Ferguson

AMERICAN STUDIES is excited to host the 23rd annual David Noble Lecture featuring Roderick A. Ferguson on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00pm in Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey School. Rod's talk is titled "The Bookshop of the Black Queer Diaspora" and will tell the stories of how black queer diasporic activists and artists challenged neoliberalism in the 1970s and 80s in North America and the U.K. Click here for more information. 

Utopian World-Making: Art Social Justice, & Communities of Color Symposium

CHICANO & LATINO STUDIES invite you to their event Utopian World-Making: Art Social Justice, & Communities of Color Symposium. The symposium will coincide with the opening of the exhibit Remembrance: Gay Chicano Art and feature many of the artists from the exhibit. The symposium will take place on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29 and the exhibit will run from Tuesday, April 25 through Saturday, May 13. Click here for more details about the panels, lectures, and workshops happening.

Vanessa Guzman, current graduate student, selected to participate in the Social Science Research Council's Interdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program

VANESSA GUZMAN, current graduate student, has been selected to participate in the Social Science Research Council's Interdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Program, organized through the Institute for Advanced Study and with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Health, Stigma and Human Rights

THE HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM and the CENTER for BIOETHICS present The Human Rights Program and the Center for Bioethics is pleased to present their event titled “Health, Stigma and Human Rights”. The conference will highlight, in particular, the human rights dimensions related to the prevention of infectious diseases, including social and economic discrimination caused by stigma. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 8:30 AM- 5:30PM in Thomas H. Swain Meeting Room, McNamara Center. Current PhD student, Brendan McHugh, will also speaking on the “Advocating for the rights of affected persons and communities” panel from 2:00PM -3:30PM at this event. 


GWSS 8260: Race, Representation, and Resistance FALL 2017

GWSS 8260: Race, Representation, and Resistance
Terrion Williamson | Fall 2017 | Tuesdays 2:30-5:00 PM | Bruininks Hall 119


This year, the National Women’s Studies Association will mark the forty-year anniversary of the Combahee River Collective statement, or what has come to be known as the black feminist manifesto. In accordance with this significant milestone and the NWSA’s commitment to considering the various ways that the Movement for Black Lives and its affiliate campaigns extend Combahee’s mission, this course will examine the development and direction of black feminist research and praxis since 1977 across a range of cultural sites and fields of inquiry including literature, history, law, film, art, and public policy.
Given the important work Combahee did in advocating around the serialized murders of twelve black women that occurred in Boston in 1979, we will place particular emphasis on studies that focus on racialized gender violence as it affects black women and girls. And, in recognition of Combahee’s principle of grounding its work and writing in the experiences of black women who labor beyond and outside of the academy, we will also interrogate the terms of feminism itself in order to consider how the academic enterprise of feminism specifically functions to shape our analyses of black subjectivity.

Although this course is, like much of black feminism, obviously indebted to Combahee, it is consummately forward-looking, concerned primarily with thinking about how Combahee has helped to set the stage for our more contemporary, and future, black feminist endeavors. As such, students will be expected to enter the course with a basic familiarity of the key moments, thinkers, and terms that have helped shape the field (a list of preparatory texts is available upon request). Students will also be expected to alternatively facilitate class discussion and to complete a final review essay and one or more response papers.

Representative Course Texts*

Nicole R. Fleetwood,
Troubling Vision (2010)
Gayl Jones,
Eva’s Man (1976)
Jennifer C. Nash,
The Black Body in Ecstasy (2014)
Beth E. Richie,
Arrested Justice (2012)
Hortense J. Spillers,
Black, White, and in Color (2003)
L.H. Stallings,
Funk the Erotic (2015)
Shatema Threadcraft,
Intimate Justice (2016)
as well as essays by Daphne Brooks, Barbara Christian, Brittney Cooper, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Erica Edwards, Evelyn Hammonds, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Wahneema Lubiano, Tricia Rose, Kimberly Springer, and others.

Keywords: feminism, postfeminism, sex positivity, racialized gender violence, representation, sexuality, narrative, subjectivity, intersectionality, eroticism, identity, criticism, blackness, pleasure, carcerality, criminalization...
Questions? Contact Terrion Williamson: tlwillia@umn.edu 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Prof. Mari Yoshihara Events

AMERICAN STUDIES will be hosting three events with Mari Yoshihara, Prof. of American Studies at University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Editor of American Quarterly, next week. On Wednesday April 19, 2017 she will be doing a writing workshop with the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Writing Group from 11:00am - 1:00pm in Scott Hall 105. She will also be giving a talk titled "Dearest Lenny: Leonard Bernstein and U.S.-Japan Relations During the Cold War" at 4:00pm in Walter Library 402. Lastly she will be leading a workshop on academic publishing for graduate students and junior faculty from 10:00am - 12:00pm in Scott Hall 105. 

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