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Kimberlé Crenshaw: The Intersectional Paradigm

Thursday, March 5, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, Dodd Center

Women's Herstory Month Opening

The Intersectional Paradigm: Race & Gender in Work, Life & Politics

"Intersectionalilty," a term coined by speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw, calls attention to the multiple forces that create and sustain power and privilege in American society - and contribute to the discrimination and oppression of minority groups. One-dimensional approaches to social justice advocacy continue to divide key constituencies into distant and sometimes competing interests. Nowhere is this division more clearly visible than in discourses surrounding racial and gender bias in the workplace, where one-dimensional approaches often render the experiences of women of color unintelligible. A leading authority in the area of civil rights, black feminist legal theory, race, racism, and the law, Crenshaw shares her groundbreaking work on "intersectionality" in this fascinating keynote, explaining how our inability to view oppression in society in terms of interrelated categories instead of separate ones - for example, separating gender from racial inequality, instead of merging the two - results in greater oppression for those who stand at the intersection of these categories - such as black women.

Contact:

Kathy Fischer

Women's Center (primary), African American Cultural Center, Africana Studies Institute, Asian American Cultural Center, Honors Program, Medieval Studies, Rainbow Center, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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