The Spring 2021 Critical Conversations series is organized around two themes: celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Barbara T. Christian, an architect of Black feminist criticism, a founding member of our Department and a gifted writer and teacher; and exploring the concept of “abolition democracy,” thinking creatively and collaboratively about the practice of abolition as necessary to building life-affirming institutions and robust democratic structures. Through both themes, we ask: what are the lessons of the Black Feminist, Black Radical, and Black intellectual traditions for our moment and what is the role of Black Studies in building more just futures?
We are joined in conversation by celebrated novelist, poet, and activist Alice Walker who will reflect on freedom, Black feminism/womanism, and writing in community. The second in our series celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Barbara T. Christian
Reaping What We Sow: A Conversation with Alice Walker
Darieck Scott and Ra Malika Imhotep will moderate a Q & A session with Alice Walker taking your questions.
With support from Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity
About Professor Darieck Scott:
Darieck Scott earned his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University, and an M.A. in African American Studies and a J.D. from Yale. Before coming to UC Berkeley he taught in the English departments of the University of Texas at Austin, and UC Santa Barbara. His teaching and research interests include: 20th and 21st century African American literature; creative writing; queer theory, and LGBTQ studies; race, gender and sexuality in fantasy, science fiction, and comic books.
About Ra Malika Imhotep
Ra Malika Imhotep is a Black feminist writer + performance artist from Atlanta, Georgia currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her intellectual + creative work tends to the relationships between queer articulations of Black femininity, vernacular culture & the performance of labor. She is co-convener of an embodied spiritual-political education project called The Church of Black Feminist Thought.
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