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​The Barbara Jordan Lecture with Kimberle Crenshaw

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Foster Auditorium in the Paterno Library

Kimberle Crenshaw, Civil Rights Activist and Feminist

"Intersectionality 101: Race & Gender in Work, Life & Politics"

“Intersectionalilty,” a term coined by speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw, calls attention to the multiple forces that create and sustain power and privilege in American society—and contribute to the discrimination and oppression of minority groups. One-dimensional approaches to social justice advocacy continue to divide key constituencies into distant and sometimes competing interests. Nowhere is this division more clearly visible than in discourses surrounding racial and gender bias in the workplace, where one-dimensional approaches often render the experiences of women of color unintelligible.

A leading authority in the area of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, race, racism, and the law, Crenshaw shares her groundbreaking work on "intersectionality" in this fascinating keynote, explaining how our inability to view oppression in society in terms of interrelated categories instead of separate ones—for example, separating gender from racial inequality, instead of merging the two—results in greater oppression for those who stand at the intersection of these categories—such as black women.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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