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Cultural Conversations Series
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
at 4:00 PM
Where:
Tomson Hall 212
Contact:
Lynn Stenstrom

Description

Cultural Conversations Series: "Feminism's Race Problem"

This conversation is facilitated by English Professor, Rebecca Richards.

Description: Second-wave US feminism in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s was criticized for its focus on middle and upper-class white women's issues while under-representing how race intersects with issues of gender and sexuality.

While black feminisms, Chicana feminisms, and transnational feminisms have become mainstays of feminist discourses, many younger women of color express discontent with the ways in which US feminism continues to obscure issues of race and racism. Take for example the recent Twitter campaign "#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen."

This cultural conversation will give a brief historical overview of the tension between feminisms and anti-racist/civil rights movements. The discussion that follows will focus on how to create a feminist dialogue that includes careful consideration of the intersection between sexism and racism.

This is the final session of the year in the Cultural Conversations Series sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, allowing students to engage in conversations with their peers.



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