From Broken Bones to Healing Hearts: My Journey with Sarah Baartman

Lecture & Performance by Diana Ferrus

Monday September 29, 2014
5pm – 7pm
Peter Graham Scholarly Commons

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

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

Co-sponsored by Women's & Gender Studies

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8 Conversations on Race


September 14, 2010

"We're beyond race. Racial diversity is killing us. Everyone's a little bit racist. It's just identity politics. Variety is the spice of life. It's a Black thing - you wouldn't understand. I'm ____ and I'm proud. Race is in our DNA."

Markus and Moya, co-editors of Doing Race: 21 Essays for the 21st Century, consider eight common conversations that people in the United States have with one another as they make sense of daily events in which race and ethnicity figure prominently.

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Mountains That Take Wing Q&A

Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles, and Liberation

Film Screening & Discussion
October 13, 2010

Co-directed by C.A. Griffith & H.L.T. Quan, MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING features conversations that span 13 years between two formidable women whose lives and political work remain at the epicenter of the most important civil rights struggles in the US. Through the intimacy and depth of conversations, we learn about Davis, an internationally renowned scholar-activist and 88-year-old Kochiyama, a revered grassroots community activist and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee's shared experiences as political prisoners and their profound passion for justice. On subjects ranging from the vital but largely erased role of women in social movements of the 20th century, community empowerment, to the prison industrial complex, war and the cultural arts, Davis' and Kochiyama's comments offer critical lessons for understanding our nation's most important social movements and tremendous hope for its youth and the future.

This video features some highlights from the Q&A session with filmmakers.

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"Decolonizing Knowledge: Embracing an Insurgent Intellectual Tradition in the Spirit of Ella Baker"

Talk by Barbara Ransby
5:15 pm
February 10, 2010

Barbara Ransby, Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women's Studies and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the author of the award-winning biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (University of North Carolina Press, 2003). Ransby writes widely for numerous popular and scholarly publications, including Progressive Media Project, which distributes her columns nationally. In addition to the program Eight Forty-Eight on Chicago Public Radio, she has contributed to over a dozen audio and film documentaries. A feminist activist committed to fostering university-community collaborations, Professor Ransby was one of the coordinators of African American Women in Defense of Themselves in 1991, Ella's Daughters in 2006, and A movement Re-imagining Change (ARC) in 2009.

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