Angela Davis, a social justice icon of the 1960s and 1970s who went from the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list to a distinguished career as a professor and author, will speak at Vassar College to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Women's Studies Program. Her talk, "Our Feminisms: From #occupy to #sayhername," will address the past, present and future of women's studies.
Davis's lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 5:30pm, in the Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.
Born in Alabama, Davis was a political activist from an early age. She came to national prominence in 1969 when she was removed from her teaching position at the University of California Los Angeles as a result of her activism and her membership in the Communist Party USA.
Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Davis has been deeply involved in the nation's quest for social justice. Her work as an educator--both at the university level and in the larger public sphere--emphasizes the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Cruz, and the author of nine books, including her most recent book of essays called The Meaning of Freedom. Davis also taught at Vassar in 1995.
Recently, an overriding theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex (a term she helped to popularize). Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison.
Davis has lectured in all fifty states and internationally, and her articles and essays have been widely published.
This event is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, the Office of the President, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Co-sponsors are the Departments of Anthropology, English, Film, Greek and Roman Studies, Hispanic Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology; the Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, International Studies, and Urban Studies; and by the ALANA, LGBTQ and Women's Centers.
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