Dr. Joy James is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities at Williams College. Author of the forthcoming "FULCRUM: The Captive Maternal Leverages Democracy," James is also author of Resisting State Violence; Transcending the Talented Tenth; Seeking the 'Beloved Community'; and Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics. Her edited anthologies on prison abolitionism and protest politics include: The New Abolitionists; The Angela Y. Davis Reader; Imprisoned Intellectuals; Warfare in the American Homeland; States of Confinement. James's writings have appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Review, Critical Studies; The Black Scholar. She is co-editor of the "2016 Election" Abolitionist Collective blog.
Dr. James will be visiting campus to discuss her work and research on Thursday, November 7th at 4:00pm in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater (doors open at 3:30pm).
Talk Abstract: This talk begins with the recent political use of President Franklin Roosevelt's condemnation of monopoly capitalism to discuss social justice. Along with a democratic socialist critique of capital, it explores rebellion against police violence by captive maternals such as Erica Garner; and concludes with a reflection the afterlife of femicide and racism in triumphal country/soul women's protest music such as the "Highwomen."
Dr. James will also be leading a graduate seminar following the lecture on Friday, November 8th at 10:00am in the Research Commons. To learn more and RSVP, please visit the seminar event page.
These events are co-sponsored by The Women's Place, Livable Futures (GAHDT), The Criminal Justice Research Center, The Political Theory Workshop, and The Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability.