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25th annual Women’s and Gender Studies Conference to focus on ‘Southern Legacies’

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

Violence, racism, classism and sexism in the South are the subjects of the Women’s and Gender Studies Conference, set for March 15 – 17 on campus.

This year’s theme is “New Currents in Critical Southern Legacies.”

“The notion of legacy plays a central role in the American South, and while some legacies are to be celebrated, others reflect histories of violence, racism, classism and sexism,” said Drucilla Barker, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Women’s and Gender Studies is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the conference by collaborating with USC’s Institute for Southern Studies.

Catherine Fosl, director of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research at the University of Louisville, will deliver the conference’s keynote address at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in Lumpkin Auditorium, located on the eighth floor of the Darla Moore School of Business.

Fosl’s talk, titled “From Popular Front to Intersectionality: Three Generations of Southern Dissent,” is free and open to the public. She will discuss Southern resistance to race, class and gender discrimination through the generational experiences of Southern women activists, including Modjeska Simkins, Ella Baker, Anne Braden and Angela Davis.

The conference will wrap up Saturday with a tour of the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House and the Mann-Simons site, courtesy of Historic Columbia Foundation.

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Posted: 03/11/12 @ 6:00 PM | Updated: 03/14/12 @ 12:24 PM | Permalink



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