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September 8, 2004

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.

The reading and book-signing will take place in the Leo Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, and are free and open to the public.

Acclaimed 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.”


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