Our third annual Intersections event featured Patricia Hill Collins, "We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism," on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Professor Collins is a social theorist whose research and scholarship have examined issues of race, gender, social class, sexuality and/or nation. Her first book, Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (Routledge), published in 1990, won the Jessie Bernard Award of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for significant scholarship in gender, and the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Professor Collins has taught at several institutions, held editorial positions with professional journals, lectured widely in the United States and abroad, served in many capacities in professional organizations, and has acted as consultant for a number of businesses and community organizations. In 2008, she became the 100th President of the American Sociological Association, the first African American woman elected to this position in the organizations 104-year history.
"We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest"
Following her campus-wide presentation, faculty/staff had a dialogue with Patricia Hill Collins.
Some of the Intersections staff with Patricia Hill Collins
Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash by Tim Wise
We enjoyed an excellent second Intersections event with Tim Wise on Thursday, January 31, 2013.
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. In this program he will critique diversity efforts on campuses and in corporate America. Unlike conservative criticisms, which claim diversity and multiculturalism have gone too far, this presentation focuses on how most tolerance training amounts to little more than a feel-good approach which fails to address the fundamental structures of racism and inequality. Since it is these institutional realities that cause a lack of diversity in the first place, failure to discuss strategies for changing the current distribution of power will doom diversity efforts to failure. Focusing on personal prejudice rather than institutional bias is shown to be inadequate for building an anti-racist movement. The negative impact on all Americans that results from failing to address structural racism is discussed in detail.
Learn more about Tim Wise by visiting his website.
Not Just a Game: Politics and Power in American Sports With over 700 people in attendance, our first Intersections event on February 2, 2012 was a resounding success!
The striking image of John Carlos raising his black-gloved fist on the platform at the 1968 Summer Olympics has become an iconic image. The image is well known, but his story is not. Dr. Carlos, winner of the bronze medal in the mens 200-meter race, and renowned American sportswriter Dave Zirin discussed how sports have helped both to stabilize and to disrupt the political status quo throughout history. They also examined the history of rebel athletes who dared to fight for social justice beyond the field of play.