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WGS Anti-Racism Speaker Series

Events are added to the series on an on-going basis. For university-wide anti-racism events, please visit USF's initiative on anti-racism

Disability Accommodations: If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in a WGS event, please contact Jennifer Ellerman-Queen at 813-974-5520 at least five (5) working days prior to the event.

Virtual events will be held in Microsoft Teams, which is available for use in your web browser or can be downloaded as an app here.

No events are scheduled at this time. Please check back for future events in the WGS Anti-Racism Speaker Series.

Past Events in the WGS Anti-Racism Speaker Series:

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Film Screening & Discussion: Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote
October 14, 2020 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm
This event was held virtually in Microsoft Teams

Join WGS for a screening and discussion of the film Suppressed 2020: The Fight To Vote.

About the film: "By Robert Greenwald (Director of Outfoxed, Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price, and Making A Killing: Guns Greed and the NRA), it is a short, powerful documentary about the growing threat of voter suppression to our 2020 election. Deeply personal accounts from voters of color across the state of Georgia reveal deliberate, widespread voter suppression in the 2018 midterm election where Stacey Abrams fought to become the first Black female governor in the U.S. Polling place closures, voter purges, missing absentee ballots, extreme wait times and voter ID issues were in full effect again during the 2020 primaries and are on-going across the country right now, all disproportionately affecting Black Americans and minorities from casting their ballots. Now, amidst a global health crisis, the cruel weaponization of vote-by-mail restrictions has turned the constitutional right to vote into a choice between life and death. Suppressed 2020 is a call to action against the calculated, unconstitutional and racist attacks intended to suppress the right to vote in America." 

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Difficult Dialogues about Race: A Workshop Featuring Keith Woods
October 23, 2020 from 2:00-3:30pm
This event was held virtually over Microsoft Teams.

This virtual event will kick off our WGS Anti-Racism Speaker Series and will be a discussion on race in higher education with Keith Woods, the Chief Diversity Officer at NPR.

The event is open to WGS affiliate faculty, graduate students, and other faculty and administrators who want to reflect, learn, and grow in their anti-racism work and practice. We aim to provide a communal space to address challenging questions and hard truths. We look forward to seeing you at our event! 

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The Borders of Race: Patrolling "Multiracial" Identities: Book Talk with Dr. Melinda Mills (WGS Faculty)
November 18, 2020 from 5:30pm - 6:45pm
This event was held virtually in Microsoft Teams

The event is open to WGS affiliate faculty, graduate students, and other faculty and administrators.

Multiracial and More: Understanding the “Two or More Races” Population: In 2000, almost 6 million people reported two or more races on the US Census survey. Prior to that, people with known racial mixture did not have much space to claim their racial multiplicity. By 2010, those numbers grew, with almost 9 million people claiming two or more races. What will the results of the 2020 Census reveal? How do members of what the US Census Bureau calls the “two or more races” population assert their preferred racial identity these days? 

Drawing on qualitative research conducted with 60 individuals of various racial combinations, I discuss some of the emergent patterns in data I collected on multiracial people. What are the ways that people with racially mixed parentage choose to identify? Are those preferred racial identities supported and encouraged, or met with caution and contestation?  

In this talk, I pull examples from my first book, The Borders of Race, to illustrate how individuals with racially mixed parentage and heritage manage their multiracial identities publicly and privately. This management sometimes involves benevolent social interactions with strangers and familiar others, but at other times, proves to be more tenuous, particularly when met with dubious regard and skepticism. I explore how these choices (and constraints) are shaped by changing constructions and geographies of race. 

Biography: Melinda A. Mills is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology, and Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont, and Visiting Instructor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at USF. Her research interests include multiracial identity formation, interracial relationships, diasporic blackness in music and popular culture, and street harassment. Her first book, The Borders of Race, examines the lived experiences of multiracial people of various racial combinations. Dr. Mills has two forthcoming books: Racial Mixture and Musical Mash-Ups in the Life and Art of Bruno Mars (Lexington Press) and Invisible Mixture (with NYU Press). 


Intersex Rage, Biopolitical Protest, and the Movement For Black Lives: A Conversation with Dr. David A Rubin (WGS Faculty)
January 27, 2021 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm
This event will be held virtually in Microsoft Teams.
Registration for this event is required.

In this presentation, David A. Rubin argues that the Movement for Black Lives can help us to rethink and re-evaluate the interconnections between scientific and medical racism and state-sanctioned medical violence against intersex, trans, and gender nonconforming people. Using Audre Lorde (1984) as a guide for theorizing the transformative potential of rage as a form of biopolitical protest, Rubin offers a meditation on the ethico-political lessons that emerge when we foreground the linkages between Black freedom dreams (Kelley 2003) and struggles for intersex, trans, and gender nonconforming sovereignty and justice.



Anti-Black Racism in Communities of Color and Other Marginalized Groups
March 16, 2021 from 3:30-4:45pm
This event will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams
To register for this event, visit Eventbrite.

The purpose of the panel is to introduce USF undergraduates and other attendees to key themes present in anti-black racism discourse (i.e. highlighting and contextualizing past, current, and ongoing social justice work combatting anti-black racism in communities of color and other marginalized groups). The panel will be made up of USF graduate students who have research interests related to the theme.