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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; Professor Giddings lecture will reflect on a revisionist history that forges alliance, not division.