Editor’s note: To arrange a phone
interview with Cole and/or Guy-Sheftall, call (413) 585-2190.
Johnnetta Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall
to Present “Gender Talk,” a Powerful Dialogue About Sexism
and Gender Politics in African-American Communities
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Johnnetta Betsch Cole
and Beverly Guy-Sheftall, two of the nation’s leading African-American
intellectuals, will read from their recent book, “Gender Talk:
The Struggle for Women’s Equality in African American Communities,” at
4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Smith College.
and book-signing will take place in the Leo Weinstein Auditorium,
Wright Hall, and are free and open to the public.
as “a masterful analysis of the complexities of gender
and race issues among African Americans” and described by Ebony
magazine as “a groundbreaking look at the controversial topic of
sexism and gender politics within African American communities,” “Gender
Talk” draws on the reflections of numerous influential black men
and women, including Derek Bell, Farai Chideya, Marcia Gillespie,
bell hooks, Robin D.G. Kelley and Cornel West, as well as
the authors’ own
life stories, to examine why the “race problem” has become
male-centered and has resulted in a gender divide between
black men and women.
Cole and Guy-Sheftall will be welcomed
to the college by Smith President
Carol T. Christ and introduced by Professor of Afro-American
Studies Paula Giddings.
Cole is president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro,
N.C., president emerita of Spelman College and professor
emerita of anthropology, women’s studies and African American Studies
at Emory University. A nationally known African-American feminist intellectual,
she is the author of several books, including “Conversations: Straight
Talk with America’s Sister President.” She taught anthropology
at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1970 to
1983 and was associate provost for undergraduate education there from
1981 to 1983.
Guy-Sheftall is professor of women’s studies and English
and director of the Women’s Research and Resource Center at Spelman.
She is the editor of “Words of Fire: An Anthology of African American
Feminist Thought” and co-editor of “Traps: African American
Men on Gender and Sexuality.”
Office of College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
T (413) 585-2190
F (413) 585-2174
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