Women's History Month Conference - 2007-2008

Women’s History Month Conference
Friday March 7, 4–10 p.m.
Saturday March 8, 9 a.m –7 p.m.
Heimbold Visual Arts Center

A Women’s History Month Conference entitled, Black Power, Black Feminism: Black Women’s Activism and Development of Womanist/Feminist Consciousness in the Era of Black Power will be held at Sarah Lawrence College on March 7 and 8. The keynote speaker will be Chana Kai Lee, author of For Freedom’s Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer.

According to the Associate Director of Women’s History Graduate Program, Tara James, activism during the Black Power era has traditionally been seen as an almost exclusively male domain. However, today’s scholars have discovered that Black women have always participated strongly in the movement, and as a result they have begun to reevaluate the entire period.

This conference will inform our understanding of the Black Power era by showing how Black women have fought for justice not only in terms of race and class, but gender as well.

The topics of discussion include but are not limited to:

  • Women’s local and national grassroots organizing
  • Women in the Black Arts Movement (literature, poetry, theater)
  • Women and Nationalism
  • Women’ participation in Black Power organizations
  • Revolutionary Black Feminism
  • Coalition building amongst women of color
  • Legacies of black feminist organizing: third wave and hip hop feminism

For more information please call 914-395-2412.