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Black Feminism to the Rescue: Black Lives Matter and the Future of Black Politics

On March 2, 2017, the Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health and Well-being return with Cathy J. Cohen, David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Please join us at the Rice Media Center gallery for a 5:30 pm reception before the 6:30 pm lecture.  This event is free and open to the public. Please register below.

In this talk, Cohen will explore the impact of black feminism on the Movement for Black Lives.  While many have tied the Movement for Black Lives to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement, far fewer have explored its ties to a radical black feminism.  Cohen discusses why such omissions are problematic and how centering black feminism opens up new possibilities for black politics in the age of Trump.

Cohen headshotCathy J. Cohen studies United States politics, specializing in African-American politics, women and politics, lesbian and gay politics, and social movements.  She has served as the Deputy Provost for Graduate Education, and is the former Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Cohen is the author of two books: “Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics” (Oxford University Press 2010) and “The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics” (University of Chicago Press 1999) and co-editor with Kathleen Jones and Joan Tronto of “Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader” (NYU, 1997). Cohen is principal investigator of three major projects: The Black Youth Project and the Mobilization, Change and Political and Civic Engagement Project, and the Gen Forward Survey.

Cohen book coverPrior to the lecture in the Rice Cinema, a reception will take place in the art gallery of the Rice Media Center from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Books will be available for purchase during the reception courtesy of the Rice University Bookstore.  Cohen will be available to sign books during the reception.

For our off-campus guests, we advise arriving early to allow time for traffic and parking. Rice Cinema is located in the Rice Media Center on the Rice University campus, inside of entrance 8, University Blvd. at Stockton Dr., (first building on the right hand side after you enter campus). Parking for the Rice Media Center is available with credit card entry in West Lot 1 (Alice Pratt Brown) and the Moody Lot (next to Tudor Field House and across from the new Moody Center for the Arts that is under construction).  West Lot 5 is also open as a paid visitor lot. For more information, visit http://www.rice.edu/maps