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Women’s and Gender Studies Program

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Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture

The Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture in African American Women’s Studies was established in 1993 in memory of Adrenée Glover Freeman, a Columbia attorney who was active in civic affairs and served on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Each year the lecture is given by a prominent African American woman. 

2018    Ijeoma Oluo

2017    Courtney Bryan

2016    Anita F. Hill

2015    Claudia Rankine

2014     Cathy J. Cohen

2013     Nikky Finney

2012     Cynthia Hardy

2011     Anita F. Hill

2010     Yvonne Latty

2009     Tameika Isaac Devine

2008     Adia Harvey Wingfield and Dianne “Dinah” Johnson

2007     Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

2006     Portia Cobb

2005     Beverly Guy-Sheftall

2004     Barbara Ransby

2003     Leith Mullings

2002     Curtis Frye and championship team

2001     Carole Marks

2000     Faith Ringgold

1999     Thyvolia Glymph

1998     Adrienne Davis

1997     Sharon Harley

1996     Bonnie Thorton Dill

1995     Patricia Hill Collins

1994     Thadious Davis

1993     Freeman Lecture Established


Mary Baskin Waters Lecture

This annual lecture series, established in 2015,  is named in honor of benefactor, longtime community partner, and service learning advocate Dr. Mary Baskin Waters. Dr. Waters earned her B.A. in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina, as well as her master’s and Ph.D. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and in the Department of Political Science. 

During this series, we take a closer look at various women's and social justice issues like women in sports and human rights in the face of extremism. This lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. 


Ruha Benjamin

2020 Lecturer: Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor at Princeton University, on "A New Jim Code? Race, Technology, and Imagination in Everyday Life"

Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will present the 2020 lecture on Thursday March 26th at 6:30 pm in the Campus Room of Capstone (828 Barnwell St. Columbia, SC 29201). A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. This WGST lecture is co-sponsored with the generous support of: Mary Baskin Waters; Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology, and Society; African American Studies Program, the Institute for African American Research, Rhodos Fellows Learning Community for Information, Design, and Computing; and TRiO.

2019     Kimberlé Crenshaw

2018     Mamphela Ramphele

2017     Maria Toorpakai

2016     Kirby Dick

2015     Mary Margaret Fonow



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