This public symposium brings into critical conversation scholars whose work focuses on social justice, critical literacy and leadership for girls of color. Engaged in U.S. and global contexts, participants will consider how the racial construct of girlhood is deployed in contemporary anti-trafficking, development, education and rights campaigns.
This event is free and open to the public.
Please register by Thursday, February 1, 2018.
9:30-10 a.m. Light breakfast (catered) and registration/check-in
9:45-10 a.m. Welcome Address
Speaker: Wendy S. Hesford, "Global Girlhoods and Critical Human Rights"
10:00-11 a.m. Morning Keynote
Moderator and introducer: Vincene Verdun, Moritz School of Law
Speaker: Jasmine Phillips Sankofa, "Black Girls and the (Im)possibility of the Victim Trope"
11-11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Roundtable
"Black Girlhoods, Critical Resistance, and Leadership"
Moderator: Jennifer Suchland
Speaker: Treva Lindsey, "Resisting Anti-Black Girl Terror"
Speakers: Wendy Smooth and Elaine Richardson, "Girls of Color as Agents of Social Change"
Speaker: Maria Velazquez, "Black Girls, Politics and Critical Play"
12:30-1:15 p.m. Catered lunch (free time for discussion)
1:15-2:15 p.m. Afternoon Keynote
Moderator and introducer: Simone Drake
Speaker: Abosede George, "Theorizing #BringBackOurGirls within Nigerian Feminist Histories"
2:15-2:30 p.m. Break
2:30-3:45 p.m. Roundtable
"Capitalizing on Girls: Education, Labor, and Environmental Futures"
Moderator: Yana Hashamova
Speaker: Mary E. Thomas, "Impossible Responsibility: The Figure of the Heroic Girl in the Anthropocene"
Speaker: Elena Shih, "Putting Girlhood to Work: Human Trafficking Rehabilitation-through-Labor"
Speaker: Sujatha Subramanian, "Education and Transnational Development Discourses: Girls from the Global South"
This event is sponsored by the Human Rights in Transit, Transnational Black Citizenship, and Environmental Humanitities Discovery Themes, as well as the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research, the Department of African American and African Studies (graduate program), the Department of English (graduate program) and the DISCO Graduate Caucus.
Contact Professor Wendy Hesford with questions.