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Feminist theorist to discuss Black Lives Matter movement

Emory Report | Oct. 28, 2015

"#SAYHERNAME: Towards a Gender Inclusive Movement for Black Lives" is a free, public talk on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 4 p.m. in the Jones Room of Woodruff Library.

This open presentation will be given by Brittney Cooper, Emory alumna and assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University.

The talk is part of this semester's University Course, "The Ferguson Movement: Power, Politics and Protest." Sponsors are the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence, which offers the University Course, and the James Weldon Johnson Institute.

Cooper is a black feminist theorist who specializes in the study of black women’s intellectual history. She is a frequent contributor to the general media including a weekly column on race and gender politics at Salon.com; she is also a frequent guest on television shows including MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry Show."

Cooper co-founder of the blog, Crunk Feminist Collective. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the Root.com’s Root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers.

Donna Troka, associate director of the CFDE, describes Cooper as "a thought leader on contemporary issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality."

"She has such a sharp and intersectional approach to all that has been happening in the Black Lives Matters movement," Troka says.

Faculty who have taught in the "Ferguson Movement" course will also host a free, public discussion on Friday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Tull auditorium in the School of Law.

For more information, see the CFDE University Course.