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The Clayman Institute for Gender Research is honored to welcome Professor Paula Giddings as the 2014 Jing Lyman Lecturer. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, Professor Giddings' lecture will provide a look back at the contending forces of gender and race and reflect on a revisionist history that forges alliance, not division. She is the author of three books on the social and political history of African American women:When and Where I Enter: The Impact on Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood: Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; and, most recently, the critically acclaimed biography of anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, Ida: A Sword among Lions.
The title of Professor Giddings lecture is History Retold: Women, Race, and Movements for Change
Throughout history, there has been a division among women when gender and race are viewed as contending forces. This was true in the so-called First Wave, Second Wave, and Civil Rights Movements. Despite theoretical interventions such as intersectional theory and the observable reality that we all have multiple identities, the recent 2008 election and the My Brother's Keepers initiative reveal that these divisions still exist. This is due in part to how we "read" history; which Professor Giddings will examine in her lecture.
Stanford Libraries has a related exhibition, Movements for Change: The Bob Fitch photography archive, featuring iconic photographs of Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King, and the civil rights movement; the work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerte and the United Farmworkers; and Dorothy Day and the Catholic Workers movement. The exhibit is on the 2nd floor of the Bing Wing of Green Library, and is free and open to the public (non-Stanford visitors will have to register and show ID to enter Green Library). Click here for more information.
Paula J. Giddings currently holds the position of Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Afro-American Studies at Smith College. She is also the editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. Before attaining her current position at Smith, she had taught at Spelman College, where she was a United Negro Fund Distinguished Scholar; Douglass College/Rutgers University as the Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies; and...
- E.A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Afro-American Studies
- Smith College