The Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity
Third Annual Symposium
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. University Union
Rethinking Race & Gender
The symposium aims to bring together a multidisciplinary group of speakers that will reflect, debate, and contribute elements of analysis towards a better understanding of the multiple ways of constructing race and gender.
In addition to two panels of presentations, this year’s symposium features a keynote speaker: Dr. Karen Flynn author of Moving beyond Borders: Black Canadian and Caribbean women in the African Canadian Diaspora. Dr. Flynn will share her insights on the recent media’s preoccupation with Gabrielle “Gabby” Christina Victoria Douglas, first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, hair during the 2012 summer Olympics. Her presentation “Isn’t it Just a Ponytail? The Subtleties of Race and Gender in the 21st Century” focuses on sports as a conduit to map the intricacies of race and gender logics that speaks to larger questions of nation and nationality, belonging and unbelonging transnationally.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8 in the Arcola-Tuscola Room, MLK University Union. For a complete schedule of symposium activities, visit here. Members of the EIU and Charleston communities are invited.