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The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Wednesday April 1, 2015
Falk 200 (Old Law School Building) 

The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo explores the artistic contributions of one of Africa’s foremost woman writers, a trailblazer for an entire generation of exciting new talent, including internationally acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie. This hour-long documentary locates the multi-textured variety of Aidoo’s writing in an historical and cultural context, and charts her pivotal journey through moments of inspiration in a life that spans seven decades, from colonial Ghana through the tumultuous era of independence, to a more sober present day Africa where nurturing women’s creative talent remains as difficult as ever.

Amina Mama is one of Africa’s leading activist feminist scholars. A former Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town’s African Gender Institute for 10 years, she founded the journal Feminist Africa, has taught courses in African cinema and co-produced The Witches of Gambaga. She is currently on the faculty of Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis.

Free and open to the public.  Co-sponsors: African American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Click here to view accessible poster.

Presumed Incompetent: A Conversation on Navigating Academia

Wednesday, March 25 - Presumed Incompetent: A Conversation on Navigating Academia

6pm - 8 pm
HLL 111
A group dialogue between faculty and graduate students of color. View the poster here.

Diana Ferrus: From Broken Bones to Healing Hearts

Monday September 29, 2014
5 PM
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, Bird Library

Diana Ferrus is an internationally-acclaimed South African poet, activist, and storyteller.  Her poem “I’ve come to take you home” for Sarah Baartman, a Khoi Khoi woman who was paraded in freak shows in 19th century Europe inspired the French Senate to vote unanimously to return Baartman’s remains to South Africa.   The poem is published in the French Law, a landmark in French history.  At her performance lecture, Diana Ferrus will trace the genealogy of her poem to Sarah Baartman, linking it to colonialism, apartheid, and the roots of the designation “Coloured” in South Africa.  She will read from her book I’ve come to take you home and discuss the significant impact the return of Sarah Baartman’s remains had on the people of South Africa.

CO-SPONSORS: Departments of Women's & Gender Studies, Cultural Foundations of Education, African American Studies, Languages, Literatures, and Lingustics, and The Writing Program

Democratizing Knowledge Retreat

DK Collective retreat at Mirbeau, August 28-29 2014

DK Collaboration with UC Davis Social Justice Initiative

Friday May 16, 2014
9am - 1pm
3201 Hall, University of California, Davis
with the UC Davis Social Justice Initiative

The growth of feminist and ethnic studies has opened up new theoretical frontiers in social justice pedagogy and research. These interrogate the meaning of "the public" in the context of systemic inequalities, combining postcolonial feminist theories of intersectionality with insights deriving from transnational feminism. Discussants are challenged to explore the ethical and methodological implications that arise from bringing the insights of US-based feminist work into dialogue with the work of transnational feminist movements.

Documentary Filmmaking Workshop with Crystal Griffith and HQ Quan of QUAD Productions

April 4-5, 2014

Tolley Humanities Building

A 2-day (14 hour) intensive documentary production workshop focusing on preproduction and production by award winning filmmakers, C. A. Griffith and H. L. T. Quan of QUAD Productions. Participants will learn how to develop an idea for a documentary on social justice related issues, and acquire professional ethics and basic production skills (sound, camera, lighting, and interview techniques). Quan and Griffith are documentary filmmakers and co-founders of QUAD Productions, a not-for-profit production company that produces media for progressive community organizations and activists.

Settler Colonialism Panel

Comparative Settler Colonialisms in Conversation:
Indigenous Critique, Alliance Politics, and Decolonized Futures

Monday March, 17, 2014
Peter Graham Commons, Bird Library

Scott Morgensen, Professor, Gender Studies, Queen's University, ON
Jodi Byrd, Associate Professor, English and American Indian Studies, University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dana Olwan, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Hayley Cavino, Doctoral Candidate, School of Education, Syracuse University