Chatham University

Women of Color Herstory: "I want you to know and remember: Praise-play-rituals of Black girlhood and the life-affirming-promises of Black girl forevers, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown

Thursday, March 29, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Chatham University, Mellon Administration Building, Boardroom

Cost: Free and Open to the Public - Registration is required

Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown is an Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research documents, analyzes, and interrogates Black girls' lived experience and explores the gender and racialized power dynamics of collectivity, particularly as it relates to Black girlhood. Through research and creative projects, she is interested in the ways Black girls make use of abstract concepts like freedom, justice, and power. She is the visionary of Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT), a practice based, publicly engaged, collectively organized space for Black girls to envision Black girlhood anew.

Brown's first book, Black Girlhood Celebration: Toward A Hip Hop Feminist Pedagogy (Peter Lang Press, 2009) counters the invisibility of Black girls and the marginalization of Black girlhood in academic literature by providing a new way to theorize Black girlhood through praxis. Her second book, Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood (Illinois Press, 2013), provides an ethnographic account of the creative processes Black girls rely on to make intelligible the ways power, creativity, spirituality, memory, and performativity structure meanings of belonging. This book builds on the work of Black feminists and feminists of color to break intriguing new ground in Black feminist thought and methodology.

Dr. Brown's books will be for sale at this public talk.

Lunch is included

Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Gwen's Girls, and the FISA Foundation
co-sponsored by The Women's Institute and the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work

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Fee : Free and Open to the Public - Registration is required

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