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This month and next, Dartmouth will host six public lectures to draw attention to the ways black women and girls are disproportionately subjected to violence in American society—and often ignored by social justice movements.
The series, “#SayHerName: Intersectionality and Violence Against Black Women and Girls,” will bring to campus leading scholars in the field—among them Columbia University and UCLA law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, who coined the term “intersectionality” as a way of describing how people with multiple marginalized identities face overlapping systems of discrimination. In recent years, the concept has had a powerful impact on how scholars and activists analyze and combat social inequality and injustice.
The organizers of the series are Susan Brison, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values and professor of philosophy, and Shatema Threadcraft, an associate professor of government, who are both teaching summer courses in conjunction with the series. Both courses are cross-listed with WGSS, and both professors are affiliated with WGSS. They hope “to have students talk to and hear from scholars who are on the pulse of what’s going on now in scholarship and activism,” Threadcraft says.