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Dr. Ralph R. Watkins Lecture Series - Fall 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:00 p.m. - Craven Lounge, Morris Hall
Kwame Fosu, Esquire and Director, Rebecca Project for Justice, Washington, DC

“Killing the Black Body*: Reproductive Violence Against Women of Color”
*title from Dorothy Roberts' book, Killing the Black Body


Kwame Fosu and President ObamaBack from a recent meeting with President Obama and Congress, Kwame Fosu is an activist-scholar who is a tireless defender of human rights for women of color both in the United States and Africa. His lecture will address structural racism regarding contraceptives in reproductive health which affect the lives of low-income women of color. He is currently filing a lawsuit against Pfizer for the use of Depo Provera, a lethal contraceptive targeted at African-Americans and low-income women in the United States and millions of women in Africa and Latin America. He is the author of Depo Provera, Deadly Reproductive Violence Against Women.
October 30, 2014 7:00 p.m. - Alden Room, Milne Library
Pedro DiPietro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies Department, Syracuse University
“Loving Sideways: Latina Feminism and the Politics of Love”


Pedro DiPietroAre we living in a post-racial America? Arizona’s war against brown immigrants and the murders of both Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Michael Brown in 2014 highlight the reality of our current racial state. Latina feminists have practiced a revolutionary politics of love, providing an antidote to the horrifying legacy of racial violence in the US. This lecture focuses on three landmark contributions made by Latina Feminists about the possibility of love among the racialized and the ability to move beyond a model that relies on hostility towards each other. He is the co-author of Género, Sexualidades, y Regulaciones Culturales (2008) and the co-editor of the forthcoming Speaking Face to Face/Hablando Cara a Cara, an anthology about the work of Latina philosopher Maria Lugones. He is currently working on a book manuscript under the title Sideways Selves: The Politics of Queer Space across the Latin/o/a Americas.
 
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