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Join Gwendolyn Pough and a panel of Fairfield University faculty members in an insightful conversation around why gender matters when discussing Black Lives Matter.

Gwendolyn D. Pough is Dean's Professor of the Humanities, William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. She is the author of Check It While I Wreck It: Black Womanhood, Hip-Hop Culture and the Public Sphere and numerous articles on Black feminism, hip-hop culture and African-American rhetoric. She has published several romance novels under the pen-name Gwyneth Bolton. She is currently completing a book-length project on Black women's book clubs and reading groups.

Fairfield University Magis Core Curriculum

This lecture is presented in affiliation with the Magis Core Curriculum – a discipline-based, tiered learning experience grounded in the humanistic tradition and designed to reflect Fairfield University’s mission of educating the whole person and offering ongoing opportunities for transformation.

Supporting Educational Materials:

Watch the film Out in the Night:
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  1. Firstly, make a list of conversations you have (either ongoing or historically) about race. Next, make a separate list of conversations you have about gender or sexism. Lastly, make a list of conversations you have about people with LGBT+ identities. 
    1. Re-read your lists then write for five uninterrupted minutes about how you might be able to find the overlap between these three lists of conversations. How can conversations from one column better include conversations from the others?
  2. Acknowledging what we don’t know is an important part of the learning process in any field (or about any topic). What don’t you know about race and racism? Write for three minutes identifying the gaps in your knowledge then write for three minutes brainstorming ways to fill those gaps.
  3. Reflect on what field or profession you plan to enter after school. What can you do to combat systemic racism, sexism, and homo/transphobia in your workplace/profession? How might you be able to be an anti-racist, feminist, queer/trans (allied) professional?
    1. Based on what you wrote about your future work life, how can you adapt those plans to your current work or academic life?
    2. What can you do right now to combat systemic racism, sexism, and homo/transphobia in the various institutions to which you belong?
Read selected chapters from Andrea J Ritchie’s book Invisible No More:
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