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2014 Spring Feminisms and the Radical Imagination


January 28, 2014

Entre Mujeres (Between Women): Embodied Knowledges

Scholars, musicians, writers, and artists Alma Martinez, Helena María Viramontes, Martha Gonzalez, and Cándida Jáquez join to create an evening peña. A peña is most broadly conceived as a community gathering through the arts that often relates to social justice issues. These women bring spoken word, music, and dance from feminist perspectives that define and […]

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J. Kehaulani Kauanui

This lecture focuses on the gendered dimensions of decolonization in relation to the contemporary movement to restore the Hawaiian Kingdom to independent nationhood. Kauanui will draw from her book-in-progress, Thy Kingdom Come? The Paradox of Hawaiian Sovereignty, which is a critical study of state-centered Hawaiian nationalism and the implications of its attendant disavowal of indigeneity. […]

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Deborah R. Vargas, Ph.D.

Vargas will discuss the ways in which Chicana singers push the heteronormative limits of what she refers to as the sonic imaginaries of borderlands (or Mexican-descended) music. Based on critical race feminist and queer of culture studies, Vargas’ analysis of Chicana singers moves beyond simply recovering and commemorating highly disregarded musical lives of Chicana singers […]

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Naomi André

Scholarship on Porgy and Bess has tended to focus on issues of genre (whether it is an opera or musical), the definitive version of the work (whether or not to include numbers that were in rehearsals but left out of the premiere), and the extent of the negative racial depictions of African Americans (its evocations […]

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Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

In 1970, Black Panther Party leader Eldridge Cleaver traveled with a delegation of American antiwar activists to visit Socialist Asia. Seven of the 11 travelers were women, most notably Elaine Brown of the BPP, and four of the delegation were people of color, including Asian American activists Alex Hing and Pat Sumi. This talk examines […]

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Rayna Green

Rose shows how she performs justice, speaks truth to power, plays the gender card anytime she can, and writes it just like she sees it. Rose can make you think poetry is scholarship, fiction is history, and a photograph is an imaginary picture of truth. But then, Rose just likes to mess with you, tricking […]

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Gerry Rogers

This is a film screening followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. Filmmaker Gerry Rogers wasn’t sure if this was going to be her last film, so she brought a camera home and with her partner, Peg, started filming what would be not a film about breast cancer but a roller coaster ride of love, […]

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons

What is the necessary work each one of us must do to co-create a society and by extension a world without violence? How does a “one size fits all” violence prevention model harm all victim-survivors? Award-winning Black feminist lesbian filmmaker of NO! The Rape Documentary and international lecturer Aishah Shahidah Simmons will share why she […]

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Salamishah Tillet

Ten years after her death, Nina Simone is more popular today than when she was alive. In 2013, Beyonce name-dropped Simone as her sole predecessor in her documentary, Life is but a Dream. This same year, a character based on Simone appeared in the Broadway musical, Soul Doctor, while actress Zoe Saldana set off an Internet firestorm […]

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Teri Skillman

Hawaiian hula dancers have been subjected to the Western gaze and commodified through visual mediums since Captain Cook’s penetration into the Hawaiian Islands in 1778. The subsequent “scientific documentation” of Hawaiian hula began first as drawings in the ships’ logs, and led to photographic images that were composed by photographers for consumption by the Western […]

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