Please join us for this public lecture by Denise James. A reception will follow the talk.
Growth and Survival, but Especially Survival: Black Feminism as Pragmatism
How is it possible to be a pragmatist and a radical Black feminist? What use is either -- black feminism or pragmatism in the fight against Black social and physical death? This talk will grapple with both questions by articulating notions of growth and survival influenced by the work of Audre Lorde that inform my black feminist pragmatism. Centering survival, as both a form of experience to think through and as a strategy to deploy, opens up new avenues for social justice work to be done both inside and outside of the academy.
V. Denise James, Ph. D. is the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Dayton. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and her M.A. and Ph. D. from Emory University. She was the recipient of the University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 2015 and the Outstanding Service Award in 2017. Dr. James' scholarly work and advocacy involves getting critical clarity about the interplay of the politics of geography, identity, and social justice. She has published essays about the intersections of classical American pragmatism and black feminism, articles about street violence against young women and girls, radical social justice, and the philosophical significance of U.S. black feminist thinkers. She is at work on a book about the life and political significance of the black feminist poet, activist, and theorist, Audre Lorde for our current moment.
Funding for this public lecture is from the Hall and Kerr-Lawson families in memory of Angus Kerr-Lawson.
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