In this talk, Dr. Mary Njeri Kinyanjui demonstrates how ordinary low income communities in Africa use self-reliance, solidarity and collective action in their every day livelihood struggle to overcome poverty.
Dr. Mary Njeri Kinyanjui researches community economies in the margins of global development such as informal economy, peasant agriculture, trade and craft activities. She has authored six books and several journal articles.
For a preview of an exciting lecture series this spring at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center!
In dialogue with archival and oral histories of trans activism at the Five Colleges, this talk develops a queer ecologies of knowledge framework. This framework challenges common conceptions not only of what we know and how we know it, but of the kinships in and through which that knowledge is made and remade.
Dinner will be served at 6pm. Talk will begin at 6:30pm.
The venue is accessible.
If You Can't Fix It, Don't Break It: African Feminisms and Climate Justice
Shailja Patel, Kenyan author of Migritude, and Nobel Women's Initiative Spotlighted Global Activist, breaks down the ways in which African women are silenced, excluded, and erased in current global discourse on climate crisis, and shows how African feminisms are critical to the concept of climate justice.
This talk applies the lens of moral politics to social inequalities in women’s care labor. How does "care" as a moral value get deployed in bids for power? How does it shape who bears the burden of care? Nell Lake will discuss how the concept of care has been deployed in bids for greater recognition and rights—and how it also gets mobilized to reinforce gender, race, and class inequalities.
This event is co-sponsored by the Odyssey Bookstore.
Nell Lake's book, The Caregivers: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage, and Love, will be available for sale.
Dinner will be served. The venue is accessible.
This talk foregrounds the transnational politics of race, gender, and mourning in the lives of HIV-positive Black Jamaican women. Using black transnational feminist ethnography and oral history interviews collected between 2015 and 2018, it examines the politics and affect of mourning HIV-positive Black women's slow death as women contest the norms of AIDS mobilization and remembrance.
Negritude Feminisms reorients the debate about the participation of black women in the Negritude movement by focusing on Annette Mbaye d’Erneville (1926-) and Aminata Sow Fall (1941-) from Senegal, reading their work in conversation with Paulette Nardal (1896-1985) and Suzanne Césaire (1915-1966) from Martinique. So far, negritude is treated as a set of ideas and I am using “doing negritude” to frame it as a set of practices that refocus negritude around the concerns of black women; accompanied with concrete actions to improve their experiences.
Korka Sall is currently a Ph.D. Candidate (A.B.D.) in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation topic is "Negritude feminisms: Francophone Women Writers and Activists in Martinique, Senegal and France from 1920s to 1980s."
Korka came to study in the United States after first getting her M.A. in English from Senegal, West Africa. Her areas of interests include Post-Colonial Studies, Feminist Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Transnational Theory. She enjoys teaching and discussing literature from Francophone countries focusing on the intersectionality of race, class, gender and sexuality. She believes that literary texts from the African Diaspora, regardless of the genre, navigate themes of class, power dynamics, imperialism, colonization relevant to the experiences of the people from those places.
Meridians is a peer-reviewed, feminist, interdisciplinary journal whose goal is to provide a forum for the finest scholarship and creative work by and about women of color in U.S. and international contexts.
The journal is a venture of Smith College and is published by
Duke University Press.
The goal of Meridians is to make scholarship by and about women
of color central to global and U.S. economic conditions, their
political practices, the articulation of histories, geographies,
cultures, and sexualities, as well as the forms and meanings
of resistance and activist strategies.
This event is open to all.
Refreshments will be served.
Registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-meridians-project-tickets-92927483605
Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories: From Roe v. Wade to Young v. UPS
Young People Welcome: Young people of all ages are welcome at this event. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children.
Attacks on reproductive rights and justice are in the news daily—from the rollback of abortion rights and contraception access to the separation of children from their parents at the border. Come hear renowned legal scholars discuss the movement and litigation stories behind important reproductive rights and justice cases and what we can learn from them in this current political moment.
Panelists will discuss their recently released book Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories and topics ranging from coerced sterilization, abortion, and pregnancy discrimination.
Panelists will include:
Linda Greenhouse, Lecturer at Yale Law School and Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist for her work reporting on the Supreme Court. She is the author of Becoming Justice Blackman and co-author with Prof. Siegel of Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling.
Reva Siegel, Professor at Yale Law School. Professor Siegel’s writing draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality and to analyze how courts interact with representative government and popular movements in interpreting the Constitution. In addition to Before Roe v. Wade, she is also the author of the law school textbook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking with Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, and Akhil Reed Amar, 2018), and Directions in Sexual Harassment Law (edited with Catharine A. MacKinnon, 2004).
Kate Shaw, Professor at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University Professor of Law and the Co-Director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, where her research and teaching focuses on constitutional law, legislation, administrative law, the Supreme Court, election law, and gender and sexual orientation and the law. During the Obama administration, she worked at the White House Counsel’s Office as a Special Assistant to the President and Associate Counsel to the President. She clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Richard A. Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Maya Manian, Visiting Professor, Howard University School of Law. Professor Manian’s scholarship investigates the relationship between constitutional law, family law, and health care law, with a particular focus on access to reproductive health care. She previously practiced civil rights litigation at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and served as a California deputy attorney general.
Loretta Ross, one of the founders of the reproductive justice framework and current visiting lecturer at Smith College. An activist-scholar who is widely known and respected in the U.S. and internationally as a leader in the struggle for human rights and reproductive justice, Ross is one of the co-founders of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective in Atlanta, GA, and the author or co-author of several books and numerous articles, including: Radical Reproductive Justice (2017); Reproductive Justice: An Introduction (2017); "The Color of Choice," Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology (2016); and Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice (2004).
Jallicia Jolly, Consortium for Faculty Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Instructor of American Studies and Black Studies, Amherst College, whose research focuses on the transnational politics of race, gender, sexuality and health throughout the African diaspora.
Reproductive Rights and Justice Stories spans topics including contraception, abortion, pregnancy, and assisted reproductive technologies, telling the stories of these cases using a wide-lens perspective that illuminates the complex ways law is debated and forged―in social movements, in representative government, and in courts. Reading the cases together highlights the lived horizon in which individuals have encountered and struggled with questions of reproductive rights and justice at different eras in our nation’s history―and so reveals the many faces of law and legal change.
This discussion of reproductive rights and justice stories comes at a critical and perhaps pivotal moment for this area of law. The changing composition of the Supreme Court, increased executive and legislative action, and shifting political interests have all pushed issues of reproductive rights and justice to the forefront of contemporary discourse.
Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Certificate
Five College Reproductive Politics Faculty Seminar
Lois E. Toko Fund College of Humanities & Fine Arts, Umass
Five College Lecture Fund
School of Public Policy, Umass
Health Promotion and Policy, Umass*
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Umass
Legal Studies, UMass
Political Science, UMass
Center for Law, Justice and Societies, UMass
Center for Study of Women & Gender, Smith
Gender Studies, Mt. Holyoke College
Politics, Mt. Holyoke College
History, Amherst College
Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, Amherst College
Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought, Amherst College
PopDev, Hampshire College
Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) Program, Hampshire College
Abortion Rights Fund of Western MA
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund
NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
ACLU of Massachusetts
*Departmental sponsorship of various types of events does not constitute an endorsement of the views expressed at those events, rather it is an endorsement of the exploration of complex and sometimes difficult topics. Promoting the free exchange of ideas is one of the most important functions of the university. The Department of Health Promotion and Policy is committed to supporting the human rights of all, and to redressing the disproportionate burden of suffering that falls upon poor, disenfranchised and marginalized communities.