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Say Their Names: Centering Black Women Activists in the Struggle for Justice

Drs. Jeannette Jones and Zakiya Luna will examine the often-overlooked activism and leadership of women of color in the United States. This dialogue and discussion will allow us to hear from two outstanding scholars and then to ask questions and discuss together.

Dr. Jeannette Jones (UNL, History & Ethnic Studies) will spotlight women’s activism in Black Lives Matter. Her talk will focus on the Black women, queer, and transgender people, who are central to creating and leading resistance to violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. She will also address the need for movements like #SayHerName to foreground that women and girls are victims of police brutality.

Dr. Zakiya Luna (University of CA - Santa Barbara, Sociology) will focus on activism in the reproductive justice movement. Her talk will foreground the history and successes of SisterSong who are largely responsible for creating what we now know as the modern-day reproductive justice movement. SisterSong is the largest national multi-ethnic Reproductive Justice collective, whose membership includes and represents Indigenous, African American, Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Latina women and LGBTQ people.

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Annual Lecture

This Women's & Gender Studies-sponsored series features local and national scholars presenting innovative research. It’s a great opportunity for our students to interact with these scholars both formally and informally. In addition, our program partners with other departments and groups to co-sponsor poetry readings, films, concerts, panel discussions and art exhibits of women’s work.

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No Limits Conference

No Limits is an interdisciplinary conference on Women's & Gender Studies that has hosted hundreds of presentations from students and community members involved in Women's and Gender Studies in numerous academic departments and community groups. No Limits encourages creative presentations, including artwork, performances and the reading of original work, and has also hosted many renowned scholars, writers, performers and activists, including Shireen Ghorbani, Janet Kourany, Gigi Durham, Obioma Nnaemeka, tatiana de la tierra, Judith Cofer Ortiz, Nomy Lamm, Toi Derricotte, and Lourdes Portillo.

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Event Co-Sponsorship

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers co-sponsorship for speakers and events that address issues relevant to Women’s and Gender Studies.

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