Dr. Joy James is an Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities in the Africana Studies department at Williams College. She specializes in topics such as black feminism, political science, and race and incarceration. Dr. James is the author of the books Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics, Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals, and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender and Race in U.S. Culture.
This talk will begin with Senator Bernie Sanders's use of President Franklin Roosevelt's condemnation of monopoly capitalism to discuss social justice. Along with a democratic socialist critique of capital, it explores rebellion against police violence by captive maternals such as Erica Garner and concludes with a reflection on the afterlife of femicide and racism in triumphal country/soul women's protest music such as the "Highwomen."
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Sponsored by Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Co-sponsored by The Women's Place, Livable Futures (GAHDT), The Criminal Justice Research Center, The Political Theory Workshop, Barnett Center for Integrated Arts & Enterprise, and The Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability.