Feminist Lecture Series- Fall 2019

Presented by the Women's and Gender Studies Department

Mondays, 12:05-12:55pm, Stevenson Hall 1002

All lectures open to the public and free to attend.


September 9th: Nicole Santamaria, El/La Para Translatinas

"You are not born a woman, you become one" -Simone de Beauvoir

This lecture is a reflection about this quote from one the greatest feminists from the XX century, and its application in trans identities and transfeminisms. El/La is an organization for transgender Latinas (translatinas) that works to build collective vision and action to promote our survival. In a world that fears and hates transgender people, women and immigrants, we fight for justice.

September 16th: Divya Sundar and Preeti Shekar, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action

Fighting Hindu Nationalism in the Homeland and the Diaspora

Hindu nationalism in India is characterized by the intensification of neoliberal economic policies and rising economic inequality; religious, caste, gender and sexual violence; and anti-democratic crackdowns on the free press and on political dissent. This lecture will focus on the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, and how South Asian American activist groups are organizing against the currents of Hindu nationalism in our diasporic communities.

September 23rd: Irma Shauf-Bajar, GABRIELA USA

Break Our Chains: The Situation and Struggle of the Filipino Women

This presentation helps us to understand the historical roots of the oppression and struggle of the Filipino women. We will establish the role and the connection of the women's liberation movement to the national democratic struggle of the people. From there, we will learn about the current violence under the macho-fascist US-Duterte regime. This is a call to action to end injustices against women.

September 30th: Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center

Arab & Muslim Organizing in the US: Solidarity, Internationalism, and Palestine

Through local grassroots organizing, the Arab Resource and Organizing Center challenges militarism, repression and racism while centering the leadership of those most impacted. What are lessons from recent wins, and challenges? How can our movements be best prepared to defend against repression and the onslaught of attacks on our communities? And how does an internationalist framework within local work build solidarity, widen and deepen organizing efforts, and challenge US imperialism

October 7th: Corrina Gould, The Sogorea Te' Land Trust

An Urban Indigenous Women-led Land Trust in California's East Bay

Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone. She is an acclaimed speaker locally, nationally and internationally on the work of sacred sites protection and preservation, as well as the invisibility of her people. She works within the intersection of many communities to create partnerships with all people to create a sustainable future, where Ohlone people will not continue to be invisible in their own homelands.

November 4: Savannah Kilner and Mary Shi, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

Data, Storytelling, and Art for Bay Area Housing Justice

Displacement operates through processes of both spatial exclusion and narrative erasure. By empowering and privileging the perspectives of those who most often have had their narratives ignored, invalidated, or erased, the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project's (AEMP) data analysis, data visualization, and storytelling work fights for spatial justice by combating displacement at both levels. Savannah Kilner and Mary Shi will discuss AEMP's work, methods, and current projects with particular focus on AEMP's forthcoming atlas of the Bay Area, Counterpoints. All of AEMP's work is available for free at antievictionmap.com.

November 11: Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn, South Asian Youth in Houston Unite

Organizing Transnational Feminist Community: Black Feminism & South Asian Solidarities in Houston, Texas

Queer Black feminist scholar Rachel Afi Quinn is a co-founder of South Asian Youth in Houston Unite (SAYHU). SAYHU's process of coalition building across difference applies Black feminist theory and South Asian feminist methodologies to community building in greater Houston. Dr. Quinn will talk about SAYHU's approach to building an inclusive social justice-oriented community, and some of the challenges we have faced as we teach about feminism, colorism, anti-blackness, and solidarities in the South.

November 25: Rehana Lerandeau and Linda Evans, Critical Resistance

Abolish the PIG: Internationalist Movement to End the Prison Industrial Complex

This lecture explains the work of Critical Resistance, which challenges the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, we are part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we do not support any work that extends its life or scope.

Queer Lecture Series - Spring, 2019

Free and Open to All