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Spring 2016

Barefoot Solutions: Networking, Rural India and a Global Initiative~April 21st @ 5:30 PM Maxwell Auditorium

Sanjit "Bunker" Roy is an acclaimed Indian social activist and educator who founded the Barefoot College, the only college built by and for the rural poor. He will be accompanied by Meagan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College International. Roy was selected as one of Time's 100 most influential personalities in 2010 for collaborating with villagers to find "barefoot solutions" that center on solar energy, water, education, connectivity, healthcare, handicrafts and the empowerment of women. This event is part of the "Networks," the 2015-16 Syracuse Symposium series.

Inside/Outside: Decolonizing the Settler University? Sunaima Maira~March 24 @ 5:00 PM Maxwell Auditorium

Maira poster

The Value of Homelessness: A Public Lecture by Craig Willse~Tuesday March 22 @ 3:30 PM Eggers 060


 Craig Willse

Fall 2015

Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle~October 22nd @ 7PM Hall of Languages, Room 107

An evening with author Ali Issa. Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, "Agains All Odds" presents the unique voices of progressive Iraqi organizing on the ground.

Ali Issa

Geographies of Difference: Transborder Organizing and Indigenous Women's Activism~September 22nd @ 11 AM Bowne Hall, Room 203

Public lecture by Professor Maylei Blackwell. Based on collaborative ethnographic research, this presentation illustrates the uneven transnational terrains of power that structure indigenous transborder organizing.

Maylei Blackwell

Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Women's and Gender Studies Event


April 14
4:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Peter Graham Commons
Room 114
Bird Library

Refreshments will be served


Feminist reflections on whiteness, social mobility, and Black identities in Colombia.



Mara Viveros Vigoya

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


Dr. Viveros Vigoya has a long record of research in issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and social class. She is author of numerous articles, chapters and books on these subjects, including, De quebradores y cumplidores: sobre hombres, masculinidades y relaciones de género en Colombia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, 2002). Currently she is a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.


Cosponsored by:

Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences; African American Studies; Democratizing Knowledges Project; Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Latino and Latin American Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; and LGBT Resource Center. Click here to view poster.

DK Co-sponsored Event with LGBT Studies

Performing Black Masculinities and Same-Sex Desires A Humanities Center Spring Symposium

Wednesday, March 18-Thursday March 19

E. Patrick Johnson, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern University

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Associate Professor of Performing Arts and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Washington University, St. Louis.

CO-PRESENTERS: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

CO-SPONSORS: The Departments of African American StudiesHistorySociology and Women’s and Gender Studies, the Democratizing Knowledge Project and the Community Folk Art Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wendy Cohen Fund for Cultural and Artistic Enrichment, Department of Drama in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Wednesday, March 18 - Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales 

Performance by E. Patrick Johnson 

7:00pm Community Folk Art Center, 805 East Genesee St.


Thursday, March 19 - Breakfast seminar on Black Queer Studies

9:30am 304 Tolley

Professors Johnson and McCune will facilitate an informal seminar on the state of black queer studies, including discussion of issues around methodological innovation and professionalization. 

Thursday, March 19 - Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing

5:30pm, 123 Sims 

Lecture by Jeffrey Q. McCune


Teach In to Act Out

January 30 and 31, 2015
Community Folk Art Center
Full Schedule

Teach In Poster

Lecture by Professor Steven Salaita 

On Academic Freedom, Academic Labor, and the Question of Palestine 

Wednesday October 29, 2014
5:30 pm Crouse Hinds 010

Professor Steven Salaita is the author of six books and writes frequently about Arab Americans, Palestine, Indigenous Peoples, and decolonization. Until recently, Professor Salaita was Associate Professor in the English Department at Virginia Tech. Last year, he accepted an offer in American Indian Studies at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Salaita’s faculty appointment at UIUC was abruptly rescinded in the wake of negative publicity and donor pressure surrounding his twitter comments on Israel’s war in Gaza. A broad range of professional groups, including the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the American Studies Association (ASA), as well thousands of academics nationwide have deplored this action as a blatant violation of academic freedom with far-reaching implications.


Lecture is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided. Crouse Hinds Hall is located at 900 S. Crouse Ave. Paid parking is available in the Waverly Lot (located on the Northeast corner of Waverly and Crouse) and in the University Ave Lot (located on University Ave between Adams and Harrison). For more information contact


Co-sponsored by the Cold Case Justice Initiative, the Democratizing Knowledge Project, the Labor Studies Working Group, Native American Studies, and the Departments of African American Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Foundations of Education, English, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

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The Women's and Gender Studies Department presents

Negotiating Feminist Perspectives: Intersectionality, Transnationalism, and Decoloniality

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2014 | 12:45-5:15 P.M. | SCHINE 304 ABC

Reception to follow at Goldstein Faculty Center

Intersectionality, transnationalism, and decoloniality are ways of knowing crafted to contest subjugation. Yet, critical uptake and institutionalization of these perspectives can distort and render invisible their oppositional histories. This colloquium examines how to engage each perspective, on its own terms and relationally, to cultivate their radically different possibilities.

Université de Montréal
“The Neoliberal Domestication of Insurgent Knowledges: The Case of Intersectionality”

University of Victoria
“Feminist Anxieties and Transformative Possibilities: Transnationalism, Intersectionality, and Settler Colonialism”

Binghamton University
“Thinking Gender Decolonially”

A Syracuse Symposium™ 2014: Perspective event organized in collaboration with the Syracuse University Humanities Center. CART transcription will be provided.

Cosponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and its Departments of African American Studies, English, Philosophy, and Religion, the LGBT Studies and Writing Programs and the Democratizing Knowledge Project; The Department of Cultural Foundations of Education in the School of Education; The Department of Political Science and the South Asia Center at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Lecture by Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University

Lecture Title: "Disabled Diaspora, Rehabilitating State: The Queer Politics of Reproduction in Israel/Palestine"
Thursday April 24, 2014
Shemin Auditorium
Shaffer Art Building

Event sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department.

This talk situates the intersections of sex, disability, and reproductive politics within the history of homonationalism in Israel/Palestine. Puar focuses specifically on the use of disability - especially as the Israeli state was founded on a narrative of rehabilitating dispersed, traumatized diasporas into bodily health and national wholeness - as part of a biopolitical assemblage of control that instrumentalizes a spectrum of capacities and debilities for the use of hte Israeli occupation of Palestine. Puar rearticulates sexual rights and the debates on "pinkwashing" within biopolitical frames by linking them to the slow rise of disability rights platforms in Israel, the convergence of eugenic selective abortion practices on the one hand and the pro-nationalist attitudes of the state, supported by its stellar Assisted Reproductive Technology industry, on the other, and the growing population of LGBT parents and families in Israel.

Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, globalization; postcolonial and diaspora studies; South Asian cultural studies; and theories of assemblage and affect. Puar is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007), which won the 2007 Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Puar’s edited volumes include “Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization” (GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies); and co-edited volumes on “Sexuality and Space” (Society and Space); “Interspecies” (Social Text); “Viral” (Women’s Studies Quarterly). Her articles appear in Gender, Place, and Culture, Radical History Review, Socialist Review, Feminist Legal Studies, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Feminist Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Please encourage your students to attend!

The event is co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Program, the Geography Department, the English Department, the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, the Humanities Center, the Transnationalizing LGBT Studies Project, the Disability Studies Program, the Cultural Foundations of Education Program, the Democratizing Knowledge Project, the LGBT Resource Center and the Religion Department.


Above Street Level: Performance and Workshop

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Performance 5-7pm
Workshop 7-9 pm
Hendricks Chapel

Through a unique blend of Hip Hop, Theater, Poetry, and Dance, partners in art and love Jendog Lonewolf and YaliniDream bring forth stories of their respective communities-- South Asian (Sri Lankan Tamil), Indigenous (Blackfoot and Cherokee) and West Indian (Grand Caymanian).  

 The duo soulfully navigates survival, spirit and desire amid inter-generational traumas, community homophobia, the legacy of war, and violence within communities-- bringing underground aesthetics and stories often marginalized or closeted to Above Street Level.

Lankan Tamil Blood, Manchester Born, Texas bred and Brooklyn steeped, YaliniDream lives in the borderlands where poetry is theater is love is movement is song is prayer is rebellion.  

Jendog Lonewolf is a Hip Hop MC/Lyricist and Photographer, mixed with Blackfoot, Cherokee, and the Grand Cayman Islands.   

Workshop Description:

Reshaping Realities: An Arts & Activism Workshop & by YaliniDream and Jendog Lonewolf

- Learn different artistic methods as tools for community empowerment, activism, and social justice.
- Discover creative methods and techniques as tools for writing verses, choruses, songs, and freestylin'.
- Join other participants in examining injustice while dreaming different realities.

Sponsors: South Asia Center, SASA (South Asian Student's Association), Democratizing Knowledge, Women's and Gender Studies, Community Folk Art Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Hendrick's Chapel, LGBT Studies, David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and School of Social Work

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7th Annual Conference on Equity and Social Justice

Saturday, March 1, 8:00am-6:00pm
Sheraton Syracuse University Conference Center
Syracuse, NY

Faculty: $75
Students and community members: $25
*Fee includes onsite parking, breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks, and the evening reception (with cash bar).

We are pleased to announce that registration for this year's conference is now open. The registration form can be found at our website, This year we are featuring keynotes Peter McLaren, Brian Jones, and The Movement. In addition to sessions addressing the conference theme, "Social justice education out of bounds: New frameworks and alliances,"  there will be dozens of sessions on topics ranging from critical disability studies and university/community partnerships to teaching, learning, and neoliberalism to the pedagogy of human rights.

Please note that presenters must register by Feb. 10 to secure their spot on the program, and must fill out an additional form which can be found here:

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year's conference! If you have any questions, please contact Derek Ford at


Cold Case Justice Initiative Conference

Looking Back, Moving Forward: 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement 1964-2014
March 20-23, 2014

Participants include Rosa Morris Williams (granddaughter of Frank Morris) and Shelton Chappell (son of Johnnie Mae Chappell), who are family members of 1964 victims of civil rights era cold cases; and Donald Washington, the former US Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, whose office was responsible for implementing the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Era Crimes Act.  Participants also include leading civil rights activists Diane Nash and Rev. C.T. Vivian, who were principal organizers of the Freedom Rides and Freedom Summer; John Steele, civil rights activist from Philadelphia, Mississippi where civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner were murdered by the Klan; Dorothy Gilliam, the first Black woman reporter for the Washington Post, who covered the civil rights movement; and Phillip Agnew, Exec. Director of the Dream Defenders, a youth-led organization that brought attention to Trayvon Martin’s death and demanded action by the Florida State Legislature. Prof. David Crane’s exhibit, “Making the Movement: Objects, Objectives, and Civil Rights,” will be on display at the Community Folk Art Center during the conference.  On Saturday night, March 22d, there will be an awards dinner which will feature a performance by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, a founder of the Freedom Singers and the a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, and her daughter Toshi Reagon, a musical artist and social justice activist in her own right.

Conference events are free and the public is invited to attend.  Registration is required, however.  The full conference program description and registration materials are on the CCJI website at  In addition, see the links for the Civil Rights Essay Contest and the Poetry Jam for Civil Rights.  Please contact Prof. Paula Johnson, Prof. Janis McDonald or Sheila Welch at (315) 443-5019 and for more information.


Un/Freedom and the Ethics of Activist Method: Critical reflections on Feminist Engagements with women incarcerated as witches

Tuesday November 5, 2013
Peter Grahams Commons – Bird Library

Talk by Amina Mama, Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at University of California, Davis and Founding Editor of Feminist Africa

In 2011, the 55-minute documentary "The Witches of Gambaga" was launched at the African Feminist Forum in Dakar, and in March 2013 the producer-director team returned to the Gambaga camp to share their film with accused women and the local community. This intervention raised a number of dilemmas for reflection: What ethical and methodological issues arise in transnational feminist efforts to pursue change in high risk contexts? How do 'outsiders' involve and collaborate with various actors to challenge the abuse and incarceration of women condemned as witches? This talk explores some of the ethical dilemmas of pursuing activist research across borders.

Co-sponsors: Women’s & Gender Studies, Humanities Center, AAS, CFE, the Sociology Department and the DK Project.


Four Little Girls
Remembering the Lives Lost for Freedom: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Sunday, September 15, 2013
4:00pm - 6:30 pm
Grant Auditorium, College of Law

Film Screening and Discussion
On September 15, 1963, four little girls perished when the KKK bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Join the Cold Case Justice Initiative's remembrance with Spike Lee's film, 4 Little Girls. Remarks by Birmingham native Judge Helen Shores Lee, 9th Circuit, Jefferson County, AL, follow the film. Judge Lee is the author of The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill about her family's experiences in the fight for civil rights in Alabama.

Free and open to the public

Co-sponsors: The Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Department of African American Studies, Democratizing Knowledge Project, and SUCOL Black Law Students Association

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New Racism and the Myth of Universalism in Higher Ed


Monday April 15, 2013
Maxwell Auditorium

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Duke University, will present “New Racism, Color Blindness and the Sweet (but Wrong) Myth of Universalism in HWCUs.”

The lecture is presented by the Department of African American Studies in The College of Arts and Sciences. Co-sponsors include the departments of Women’s and Gender Studies; Languages, Literatures and Linguistics; and the Latino-Latin American Studies Program, all in The College of Arts and Sciences; the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean and the Department of Sociology in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; and SU’s Democratizing Knowledge Project.

The fourth edition of Bonilla-Silva’s landmark book, “Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States” (Rowman & Littlefield) is due to be published in July. The book, first published in 2004, continues to challenge contemporary views of race in America. According to the publisher, the book “documents how beneath our contemporary conversation about race lie a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.”

The fourth edition adds a chapter on what Bonilla-Silva calls “the new racism” and updates the author’s assessment of race in America after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Obama’s presidency, Bonilla-Silva argues, does not represent a sea change in race relations, but rather embodies disturbing racial trends of the past.

Bonilla-Silva holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His awards include the 2007 Lewis Coser Award from the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association, and the 2011 Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award presented by the American Sociological Association.

Source: SUNews


"Militarism, Conflict and Women's Activism"

Monday, October 29, 2012
4 p.m.
Peter Graham Commons, Bird Library 114

Event sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department

Amina Mama, Professor and Director, Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis, and founding editor of Feminist Africa.

Professor Mama's books include Engendering African Social Sciences, 1997, Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity, 1995 and Women's Studies and Studies of Women in Africa, 1995. She is co-producer of the documentary ‘The Witches of Gambaga’ (Fadoa Films 2010). Her current research on war and women's activism in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and the DRC focuses on how gender dynamics are implicated in increasingly globalized war economies.

Co-Sponsor(s): Sociology Department, Department of African American Studies, and The SU Humanities Center (inThe College of Arts and Sciences); Cultural Foundations of Education; Democratizing Knowledge Project; and Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict. Event was sponsored by Women and Gender's Studies


My Changing Relationship to Zionism, Israel, and Palestine

Monday, October 15, 2012
Peter Graham Commons, Bird Library

Event sponsored by the Future of Minority Studies at Syracuse University.

Donna Nevel, a community psychologist, educator and organizer, is the Coordinator of the Participatory Action Resesarch Center for Education Organizing (PARCEO) at NYU, and co-founder and collective member of the Center for Immigrant Families. Donna has been engaged in organizing with a wide range of groups in support of schools that reflect, respect, and serve all communities and against the privatization of the NYC public school system. Donna has also been a long-time organizer for Israeli-Palestinian peace and justice, most recently with Jews Say No! and the U.S. working group of Zochrot. She was co-coordinator of the landmark 1989 Road to Peace conference, which brought together representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israeli Knesset (Parliament) for the first time in the U.S. She works with groups to challenge Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism, most recently with Women Against Islamophobia and Racism (WAIR) and Jews Against Islamophobia.

Co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department, Hendrick's Chapel, School of Education Dean's Office, Executive Education and CELF Program at the Maxwell School, Cultural Foundations of Education, Middle East Studies Program, Judaic Studies Program and Democratizing Knowledge Project.

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Activist Research in Latin America: A Decolonial Feminist Perspective

Wednesday April 4, 20124pm
Peter Graham Commons

Event sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies Department

Aída Hernández is Professor and Senior Researcher at CIESAS, the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology in Mexico City. One of her projects involves exploring the experience of indigenous women with customary law and national law. She has worked extensively in the past on exploring plural identities in Chiapas as well as the human rights of Guatemalan refugees in Mexico. She is author of Histories and Stories from Chiapas: Border Identities in Southern Mexico (UT Press 2001) published also in Spanish as La Otra Frontera: Identidades Múltiples en el Chiapas Postcolonial (2001), and of Etnografías e Historias de Resistencias. She is a recipient of the Martin Diskin Oxfam Award for her activist research.

Co-sponsored by The Humanities Center, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Anthropology Department, Latino-Latin American Studies, Program on Latin American and the Caribbean, and Democratizing Knowledge Project.

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Islamophobia, Orientalism, and Gender Justice

Thursday April 14, 2011

Afternoon Symposium Session

304 A/B/C Schine

Chair: Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Spelman College

Dr. Dana Olwan, Assistant Professor of Gender-Studies, Queen's University, FMS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Spring 2011
"Bodies that Matter in Death More than Life: Thoughts on Honor Crimes and Canada's Racial Logics"

Dr. Carol Fadda-Conrey, Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University, FMS Post-Doctoral Fellow, Spring 2011
"Arab and Muslim-American Representations of Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship Post 9/11"

Respondent: Dr. Laila Farah, Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, DePaul University

Evening Symposium Performance

"Living in the Hyphen-Nation"

Watson Theater

Dr. Laila Farah is a Lebanese-American feminist performance-scholar. She has performed "Living in the Hyphen-Nation" at Hofstra University, the Lebanese American University, the National Women's Studies Association Conference, and at universities and spaces throughout the U.S. Her creative scholarship includes research about "Third World" women and women of color, postcolonial identities, and the "alien nation," and ethnographic and auto-ethnographic performance/narrative. She is active locally and nationally, and globally in gender based initiatives through various organizations including the National Women's Studies Association and the Arab American Action Network and the International Oral History Organisation.

Event hosted by the Future of Minority Studies at Syracuse University.

Co-sponsors: The Democratizing Knowledge Project, Departments of Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, Political Science, African American Studies, English, and Religion, the Middle East Program, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

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From SU News:

The Future of Minority Studies at SU 2011 symposium: ‘Islamophobia, Orientalism and Gender Justice’

Laila Farah, a Lebanese-American feminist performance-scholar, will present “Living in the Hyphen-Nation,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Syracuse University’s Watson Theater. The performance is part of the symposium “Islamophobia, Orientalism and Gender Justice,” presented by the Future of Minority Studies Project at Syracuse University (FMS).

The symposium will include an afternoon session from 2-4 p.m. in SU’s Schine Student Center, Room 304 A, B and C. The afternoon session will feature Dana Olwan, assistant professor of gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, presenting “Bodies that Matter in Death More than Life: Thoughts on Honour Crimes and Canada’s Racial Logics;” and Carol Fadda-Conrey, assistant professor of English in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences, presenting “Arab-and-Muslim-American Representations of Gender, Sexuality, and Citizenship Post 9/11.” Beverly Guy-Sheftall, the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College, will moderate the session.

Both events are free and open to the public. Further information is available on the Women’s and Gender Studieswebsite, or by calling the department at (315) 443-3707.

Farah, graduate program director in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University, has performed “Living in the Hyphen-Nation” at universities and other public venues throughout the United States. Her creative scholarship includes research about Third World women and women of color, postcolonial identities and the “alien nation,” and ethnographic and auto-ethnographic performance and narrative. She is active in a variety of organizations, including the National Women’s Studies Association, the Arab-American Action Network and the International Oral History Organization.

The Future of Minority Studies Project is a consortium of scholars and academic institutions with a primary interest in minority identity, education and social transformation. FMS at SU is funded by a generous contribution from the Office of the Chancellor. Further information about the project is available on the web at

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Democratizing Knowledge Project, a Chancellor’s Leadership Project; the departments of women’s and gender studies, African American studies, English and religion in The College of Arts and Sciences; the departments of sociology and political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; the Middle Eastern Studies Program, a joint program of The College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.