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February 15, 2010

Women's Research & Resource Center @ Spelman College 
In This Issue
Ain't I a Womanist Too?
On The Issues Magazine
Gender, Place and Culture
Half the Sky -LIVE
Shirley Chisholm
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Message from Director: 
    Annually, during Women's History Month, we celebrate the life, work and legacy of Toni Cade Bambara --writer, activist, filmmaker, and cultural worker. This March is special because we are marking the 10th anniversary of our conference at Spelman College.  Among many activities, we will announce the Toni Cade Papers and premier a documentary on the Digital Moving Image Salon. We will also celebrate the Women's Center's nearly thirty year history of teaching, scholarship, and activism.  We remain the only historically Black college with a women's studies major and an endowed professorship in Women's Studies.  We need your support during our ongoing endowment campaign to support the programs of the Center. Launched at our 25th anniversary with the announcement of a $1million matching grant from the FORD FOUNDATION, we urge you to join us in this important project (see link below)
    Upon completion of the Ford matching funds, we will be the only Black college with an endowed women's research center and one of a few in the academy whose future is secure. What an exciting year!!!
Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Founding Director          
SAVE THE DATE:  MARCH 26-27, 2010!
aint i a woman10th Anniversary
Toni Cade Bambara Conference 
Women's Research & Resource Center
  Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center
  Spelman College
 Free Admission.  Register on-site!
for more information, please call 404.270.5625
presented by the
Toni Cade Bambara Student Activist/Scholar/Writers' Collective
sponsored by Title III

aint i a woman 

FEBRUARY 25-26, 2010
Thursday, Inaugural Lecture,
7 pm at Kresge Chapel, Claremont School of Theology
Friday, Conference, 9 am - 5 pm, Mudd Theater,
Claremont School of Theology
1325 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711 
   "Third Wave" womanist religious thought inherits and lifts up the legacy of its strong womanist heritage and remains faithfully unfaithful to its discursive history. Like all womanist religious thought, this third wave is grounded in black women's religiosity. This third wave celebrates hybridity, tension and complexity; it is Christian and non-Christian, straight and queer, historical and yet postmodern, political and rich with philosophical and cultural criticism, and lastly, committed to an open-ended vision of possibility.
    This conference is also part of the 20th anniversary of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Claremont Graduate University.

on the issues
A Magazine of Critical, Independent Thinking

  ·Art by Christine Peloquin
  OTI writers and editors discuss controversial topics in feminism and progressive politics. The articles offer something different-- fresh perspectives on complex subjects that are often missing from the mainstream media.

   These provoking articles are available to you and your students-for free. Our goal is to encourage critical thinking and deeply engage the issues, to influence discourse and contribute viewpoints that may not already be represented.

gender, place culture 
"Gender and Sexual Geographies of Blackness"
Themed Issue of
Gender, Place and Culture:
A Journal of Feminist Geography


   Broadly, race, gender and sexuality are categories of social life and power that are inextricably linked to space. Like Black feminists and queer theorists, who have forever changed how we examine race, gender and sexuality, human geographers theorize space in ways that illuminate the geographies of race, gender and sexuality. Hence, human geographers have taken up and expanded spatial analyses to examine not only how space is imbued with power, but also the ways in which various forms of social stratification and marginalization are structured and experienced in spatial terms. And although space plays a profound role in constituting the conditions of social stratification and marginalization, it also provides possibilities for resistance and social and cultural transformation.

    This is most evident for Black communities, especially those who live at the intersections of and are marginalized by gender, sexuality, class, disease and location. Therefore, we propose a themed issue to mark a critical and interventive turn in human geography, one that conceives and treats space as a social agent and not merely as a physical location and/or concrete spatiality.  The central aim of this proposed themed issue is to examine the spatial relationships between gender, sexuality and blackness. In an effort to explore these intersecting categories and the conditions of violence and social deprivation to which Black people from many walks of life are subjected, we seek, through interdisciplinary knowledges and methodologies, to elaborate these intersections of gender, sexuality, blackness and space. In addition, we are interested in highlighting the ways in which Black communities and social spheres of Black alterity draw upon space and spatial practices to negotiate or transform the conditions under which they are situated. We understand that blackness, sexuality, gender and space are not fixed categories. Conversely, they are fluid; they overlap and function in many different forms and expressions. Therefore, in addition to the aforementioned, we will invite essay submissions that engage the following themes:

  • Black queer spatialities
  • Blackness space and class
  • Carceral spaces
  • Blackness, space and disease
  • Performance and theatrical spatialities
  • Blackness, sexuality and location
  • Blackness, gender and space
  • Black urban youth cultural practices
  • Black culture and space

This proposal for this themed issue is the brainchild of the late Dr. Glen S. Elder, former Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of geography at The University of Vermont.  A month before his passing last spring, he suggested we think of doing this special issue. Thus, the themed issue of Gender and Sexual Geographies of Blackness is in memory of our dear colleague and friend, Dr. Glen S. Elder.

Please send abstracts to or  by March 1st.


Half the Sky   

 half the sky book 2
EVENT DATE:  MARCH 4, 2010                 
   On Thursday, March 4, 2010, CARE invites you to attend its International Women's Day celebration event, Half the Sky LIVE, at Perimeter Pointe 10 at 7:30pm in Atlanta,
Georgia.  Inspired by the bestselling book from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, this will be an exciting night of musical performances, celebrity commentary and uplifting stories about women and girls overcoming tremendous obstacles.
   Watch as the pages of Half the Sky come to life in "Woineshet," a powerful  short film by Academy Award® inner Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone.
  "Woineshet" is a new film about a poor Ethiopian girl who ultimately triumphs over sexual violence and discrimination. As a teenager from a small village in Ethiopia, Woineshet and her family bravely fought against brutal local traditions of rape and forced marriage.
   Half the Sky LIVE is much more than a night at the movies. With appearances by India.Arie; Maria Bello; Diane Birch; Michael Franti; Dr. Helene Gayle (CARE); Nicholas Kristof; Andrea Mitchell; Marisa Tomei; Sarah, Duchess of York; Melanne Verveer; Sheryl WuDunn and others, this event will move you to help women and girls around the world turn oppression into opportunity.
   The best way to fight poverty and extremism is to educate and empower women and girls.
   Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world's women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. We know there are many worthy causes competing for attention in the world. We focus on this one because this kind of oppression feels transcendent - and so does the opportunity. Outsiders can truly make a difference.
   So let us be clear up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women's power as economic catalysts. It is a process that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen.You can help accelerate change if you'll just open your heart and join in.
   For more information on how to view Half the Sky, buy tickets at For more information, please email


Make the connections.  

Southern Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute

Durham, North Carolina
March 19-21, 2010
Apply today!

    Choice USA is looking for students in the South who are interested in issues of sexual and reproductive health to apply to our Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute (RJLI). The RJLI is an all expenses paid weekend long training that takes an in-depth look at issues that affect our reproductive freedom - and connects those issues to the broader social justice movement.  
At the RJLI you will:

  • Expand your knowledge of reproductive health, rights, and justice

  • Hear from experts in the social justice movement

  • Connect with others who share your passions

  • Learn how to take action!

    As a graduate of the Institute, you will return to your community ready to make real change and empowered by a regional network of fellow pro-choice activists along with the long-term support of Choice USA staff.

   If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Choice USA's Southern States Field Organizer Folayemi Agbede at:

June Baker Higgins Gender Studies Conference

Central Connecticut State University

 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 20th Anniversary Conference & Celebration
May 7-9, 2010 


       This year's theme focuses on facets of:             
 "Being 20"
 Years  |  Rights  |  Conflict  |  Bodies  |  Solutions   Struggles  |  Aging  |  Innovations  |  Creative Works Movements  |  Economics  |  Changes  |  Cultures Sexualities    Strategies  |  Injustices  |  Globalization Concerns  |  Laws  |  Leaders
 Topics that do not fit within the theme of the conference, but which are of general relevance to Women, Gender and/or Sexuality are welcomed, but preference will be given to panels and papers that address this year's theme.
Abstracts for papers or panels, poster sessions, or short films should be submitted online here 

or, via e-mail, to:
Dr. Cindy Pope
Department of Geography
Central Connecticut State University

Submissions should be received no later than

March 15, 2010.

shirley chisholm 
The Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women's
Activism, 1945 to the Present
Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

Who Are We?
   The Project is a repository of women's grassroots social activism in Brooklyn since 1945 and ongoing in the present.  The archive consists of documents and other materials, including oral histories, from people who knew or worked with
Chisholm, as well as from the extraordinary diversity of women's activist organizations in Brooklyn since 1945. Housed in Brooklyn College's library, it is a resource for K-12 students, college students, community activists, public policy experts, scholars, and the general public, the archive will expand our
understanding of women's place in history and of the significance and consequence of social activism itself.  
The University of Maryland, College Park Women's Studies
Department presents

Black Women's Studies at 25+
Looking Backward to Move Forward

 Friday, April 23, 2010
This symposium centers around Black women's studies, curriculum and program development, Black women's academic writing, and major issues of the day including:
  • HIV/AIDS and healthcare
  • Human rights and violence against women
  • Representations of Black women in the media
There will be a workshop, a panel, and a luncheon. Events will take place on the sixth floor of McKeldin Library from 8:30am-4:00pm.

This event is FREE and open to the public. You must register to attend. To register and find out about who will be presenting, please visit our website:

Cosponsored with the Feminist Press, UM Libraries, and UM's
African American Studies.
 u of maryland feminist press

Beverly Guy-Sheftall
Women's Research & Resource Center @ Spelman College
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