Intersectionality Speaker Series

The Intersectionality Speaker Series examines how the intersections of signifiers such as race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and immigrant status contribute to the complex formation of human identities. Our goal is to enrich the interdisciplinary learning environments that these programs already provide by bringing external scholars, activists, and leaders to further develop our students' understanding of intersectionality. Reflecting cura personalis and the CGSS mission, the intersectionality speaker series addresses all aspects of the whole person. We hope the series will highlight to those both within and beyond the university Marquette's interest and commitment to concerns related to race, gender, sexuality, religion, and immigrant status.

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2018 Intersectionality Speaker Series Events

  • Sojourner Truth and Black Lives Matter: Health, Stress, and Resilience, Dr. Leith Mullings
    October 8, 2018 l 4pm l AMU Ballroom AB

    Co-sponsored by The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and The Office of Community Engagement

    This presentation will focus on how racial disparities in health continue and in some cases have increased, particularly in the area of women’s health, infant mortality and reproductive justice. Dr. Mullings will address some of the most recent findings and discuss the “Sojourner Syndrome,” a framework for understanding the impact of socioeconomic stressors on black women across class. Finally, the presentation will explore engaged scholarship and some of the ways in which activists in the Movement4Black Lives are attending to issues of health and burnout.

2017 Intersectionality Speaker Series Events

  • Santeria's Multiply Minoritized: Currents of Change in a U.S. Religious-Cultural Practice, Dr. Salvado Vidal
    October 5, 2017 l 5pm l Johnston Hall 107

    Co-Sponsored by Office of Intercultural Engagement and Latin American Studies

    Santeria is an Afro-Cuban religious and cultural practice that, in partnership with its diverse rituals and ceremonies, contains a rich and vibrant history drawing from West Africa, the Caribbean, and the southeast region of the United States. Dr. Salvador Vidal Ortiz will describe his research into the influence of race, gender, and sexuality in Santeria and how the perceptions of race, gender, sexuality by Euro-Americans disavows the inherent nuance within the practitioners of Santeria.

2016 Intersectionality Speaker Series Events

  • Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, Dr. Michael Kimmel
    November 1, 2016 | 5pm | Grand Ballroom AMU

    Co-Sponsored by Social and Cultural Sciences Department, and the McGee Lecture Series
  • Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Ball Culture the LGBT Underground, Dr. Marlon M. Bailey
    October 25, 2016 | 6pm | Lunda Room

    Join us as Dr. Marlon M. Bailey, associate professor of women's and gender studies at Arizona State University, discusses ballroom culture, an underground subculture among LGBT of color communities who participate in dance, dress, and vogue competitions based on house culture. His award-winning book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps (UM Press 2013), examines how Black and Latin@ queer people create and sustain new kinship and gender systems through ball culture in Detroit.

  • Feminist Perspectives on Justice In/For Palestine, Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi (SFSU) and Dr. Simona Sharoni (SUNY Plattsburgh)
    April 11, 2016 | 5:30pm | Beaumier Suites BC

    Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and Dr. Simona Sharoni met over twenty five years ago and have collaborated over the years on multiple scholarly and activist projects. Aside from sharing a life commitment to the struggle of peace with justice in Palestine and Israel, these two prominent feminist scholars have made contributions to other struggles for social justice.

  • Elaine Richardson: One Woman Show
    March 3, 2016 | 4pm | AMU Ballrooms

    "PHD to Ph.D.: How Education Saved My Life" offers a glimpse into the life of Dr. Elaine Richardson and her journey as a young Black woman to healing and recovery from a life of trauma through the 1960's and 1980's ghettos of Cleveland, Ohio, to inventing a life for herself in the halls of the university.

  • Fighting for Immigrant Rights in WI, Christine Neumann Ortiz, Voces de la Frontera
    March 15, 2016 | 12pm | AMU 227

    Christine Neumann Ortiz has been at the forefront of the Immigrant rights struggle in Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin. Ortiz will talk about where we are in the struggle for justice for undocumented immigrants.

  • Closets Are for Clothes: Being Black in LGBT America, Dr. Juan Battle, C.U.N.Y.
    February 24, 2016 | 6pm | JH 103

    This public talk will discuss results from the Social Justice Sexuality Project - one of the largest ever national surveys of Black, Latina/o, and Asian and Pacific Islander, and multiracial lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. With over 5,000 respondents, this talk will focus on data from the Black American sample.