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October 14, 2016, Smith College

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Speakers

Ginetta Candelario Ginetta Candelario
Smith College

In addition to being an associate professor of Sociology, Ginetta Candelario is a faculty affiliate of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Program, the Study of Women and Gender Program, the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration, and she also serves on the advisory group for the Gloria Steinem & Wilma Mankiller School for Organizers at Smith College.
Maria Cotera Maria Cotera
University of Michigan

Maria Cotera holds a joint appointment in Women's Studies and American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is currently building the Chicana por mi Raza Digital Memory Collective, an online archive of oral histories and materials documenting Chicana Feminist praxis in the 1970s. Her 2008 book, Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González, and the Poetics of Culture, received the Gloria Anzaldúa book prize from the NWSA.
Jennifer DeClue Jennifer DeClue
Smith College

Jennifer DeClue earned her Ph.D. in American studies and ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She teaches queer studies courses that focus on ways that gender, sexuality, race, class and ability produce marginalization and belonging, while paying close attention to the manner in which queer bodies are represented in culture. Through a cultural studies approach to the study of women and gender, DeClue brings her experience as a filmmaker to discussions of visual representation, the production of knowledge and power, and the multiplicity of racialized gendered embodiments.
Paula Giddings Paula Giddings
Smith College

Paula J. Giddings, a journalist who has written widely on national and international issues, is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor, Africana Studies, at Smith College. She is also the editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal supported by Smith College and published by Indiana University Press. She has published four books: When and Where I Enter: The Impact on Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editor) an anthology of articles on race published by the Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000; and IDA, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize in Biography, the Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians, and deemed one of the most important books of the year by the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post.
Jennifer Guglielmo Jennifer Guglielmo
Smith College

Jennifer Guglielmo is an associate professor and chair of the History Department at Smith College. Her publications include Are Italians White? How Race Is Made in America (co-edited with Salvatore Salerno) and Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945, which received the Saloutos Prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Marraro Book Prize from the American Historical Association and Society for Italian Historical Studies, and Honorable Mention from the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' First Book Prize.
Beverly Guy-Sheftall Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Spelman College

Beverly Guy-Sheftall is founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center (since 1981) and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College. She was for many years an adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women’s Studies where she taught graduate courses in their doctoral program.
Andrea Hairston Andrea Hairston
Smith College

Andrea Hairston is the artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty-five years. Her plays have been produced at Yale Rep, Rites and Reason, the Kennedy Center, StageWest, and on Public Radio and Television. She has translated plays by Michael Ende and Kaca Celan from German to English.
Mona Hassan Mona Hassan
Duke University

Mona Hassan is Assistant Professor in the departments of Religious Studies and History and the program of International Comparative Studies at Duke University. She obtained her Ph.D. from Princeton University and specializes in global Islamic history. Hassan's research and publications analyze the intersections of religion, culture, gender, and politics. Her first book Longing for the Lost Caliphate: A Transregional History (Princeton University Press, 2016) examines Muslim engagement and entanglement with the notion of an Islamic caliphate following its loss in the thirteenth and twentieth centuries. Her second book project on female Muslim jurists explores the shifting contours of women’s Islamic legal scholarship from the emergence of the Muslim community in the seventh century to the secular interventions of modern nation-states in the present.
Janell Hobson Janell Hobson
State University of New York-Albany

Janell Hobson is an associate professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012) and Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005). She also writes and blogs for Ms. Magazine and authored three cover stories for the magazine. Overall, Hobson uses a transnational lens to highlight women's iconography and experiences in global or black diasporic perspective.
Vanessa Holden Vanessa Holden
Michigan Sate University

Vanessa Holden is an assistant professor of African American and American history at Michigan State University. Her work focuses on African American women and the role of community in the Southampton Rebellion (Nat Turner’s Rebellion). She co-organizes the Queering Slavery Working Group (#QSWG) with Jessica M. Johnson (Johns Hopkins).
Lokeilani Kaimana Lokeilani Kaimana
University of Texas-Austin

Lokeilani Kaimana is a queer brown non-binary femme scholar, Ph.D. candidate in Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, former Mendenhall Fellow, and instructor at Michigan State University in the English Department. Their research centers femme of color media artists’ praxis, and Daughters of the Dust was their Lemonade.
Kehaulani Kauanui Kēhaulani Kauanui
Wesleyan University

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she teaches comparative colonialisms, indigenous studies, critical race studies, and anarchist studies. Her first book is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press, 2008). Kauanui's second book project, The Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty, is a critical study on land, gender and sexual politics and the tensions regarding indigeneity in relation to statist Hawaiian nationalism (contracted with Duke University Press). Kauanui serves as a radio producer for the anarchist politics show "Anarchy on Air." She previously hosted the radio show, "Indigenous Politics," which aired for seven years and was broadly syndicated. She is an original co-founder of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.
Janaya Khan Janaya Khan

International Ambassador for the #BlackLivesMatter Network Janaya Khan, known as Future in the Black Lives Matter movement, is a Black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social-justice educator and boxer based in Toronto. As the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, they are committed to Black liberation, transformational justice and indigenous sovereignty and operate through a Black transfeminist lens. Janaya’s work is underpinned by understanding the transformational capacity of language, metaphor, and democratic discourse as a tool for change, gleaned from earning an English Honours degree at York University.
Daphne Lamothe Daphne Lamothe
Smith College

Daphne Lamothe's esearch interests center on the intersection of ethnography and the African American imagination; the construction of cultural memory in contemporary black fiction; and narratives of migration and diaspora. Her book, Inventing the New Negro: Narrative, Culture, and Ethnography was published in 2008 by University of Pennsylvania Press.
Adriane Lentz-Smith Adriane Lentz-Smith
Duke University

A former Mendenhall Fellow at Smith College, Adriane Lentz-Smith is currently associate professor of History, African & African-American Studies and Women's Studies at Duke University. The author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard, 2009), she is writing a book about black lives and state violence in late civil rights era.
Monia Palacios Monica Palacios

Monica Palacios is the creator of solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories, stand-up comedy, poems, essays, blogs featuring the Latinx LGBTQ experience. National and international scholars have critically engaged her work in academic journals, books, dissertations and conference panels. Monica is a highly anthologized writer and an adjunct professor.
Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor
Smith College

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor teaches at Smith College where she specializes in 19th-century U.S. history and race. Her book Colored Travelers: Mobility and the Fight for Citizenship before the Civil War is scheduled for release by UNC Press in November 2016. Her book traces the history of segregation and protest against it, arguing that black activists elevated public vehicles to the frontlines for the battle over equal rights in the 19th-century. She is currently researching her next project, "'I Will Not Hold My Tongue': Nineteenth-Century Black Women and the Counternarratives of Respectability," a history of black women in and around the abolitionist movement.
Kevin Quashie Kevin Quashie
Smith College

Kevin Quashie teaches cultural studies and theory and is especially interested in black culture and feminism since 1970. He is currently the chair of Africana Studies and a member of the Program for the Study of Women & Gender. Quashie co-edited New Bones: Contemporary Black Writers in America and is the author of Black Women, Identity, and Cultural Theory: (Un)becoming the Subject and The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture.
Barbara Ransby Barbara Ransby
University of Illionois-Chicago

Barbara Ransby is a historian, writer and long-time community activist. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D in History from the University of Michigan, where she was a Mellon Fellow. Ransby is currently a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she directs the campus-wide Social Justice Initiative. Her highly acclaimed biography, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision received numerous national awards including the Liberty Legacy Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Joan Kelly Prize from the American Historical Association. In addition to her scholarship, Ransby is a public historian who works with many community based and activist organizations. She was co-founder of the Black Radical Congress, African American Women in Defense of Ourselves and Ella's Daughters: A Network of Artists, Activists and Scholars Working in Ella Baker's tradition.
Evie Shockley Evie Shockley
Rutgers University

Evie Shockley, Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, is the author of Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Literature and four collections of poetry, including the new black, winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. She currently serves as Creative Writing Editor for Feminist Studies.
Ruth Simmons Ruth Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons was president of Brown University from 2001–2012. Under her leadership, Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world's finest research universities. A French professor before entering university administration, Simmons held an appointment as a professor of Africana studies at Brown from 2001 to 2012. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women's college.
Opal Tometi Opal Tometi

A dedicated activist working at the intersection of racial justice and immigrant rights for more than a decade, Opal Tometi was incensed by the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin—and inspired to take action. Starting the Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, Tometi (with Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors), prompted activism nationwide and introduced the banner under which this generation's civil rights movement marches. As the executive director at the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Tometi is at the helm of the country’s leading black organization for immigrant rights, steering initiatives including the first Congressional briefing on black immigrants.
Gina Ulysse Gina Ulysse
Wesleyan University

Gina Athena Ulysse is a feminist artist-academic-activist and self-described Post-Zora Interventionist. Her projects culminate at the intersections of political economy, historical representations and everyday performance of Black diasporic conditions. She is the author of Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Importers, A Haitian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica (University of Chicago Press, 2008), as well as Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle (Wesleyan University Press, 2015) and Because When god is too Busy: Haiti, me & THE WORLD, a collection of poetry, performance texts and photographs (Wesleyan University Press, 2016). A committed public intellectual, she intermittently blogs on AfricaIsACountry, AnthroNow, Huffington Post, Ms Blog and Tikkun Daily. She also serves on the editorial boards of AnthroNow, Meridians and Journal of Haitian Studies.











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