Angela Davis, the internationally renowned activist, author and professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, delivered the keynote lecture of the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice’s 20th anniversary celebration.
Davis’ talk addressing themes for the future of feminism was held on Thursday, Oct. 18 in the Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center.
In numerous books on peace, justice, prison abolition and the movements of the oppressed, “Professor Davis’ work highlights the concerns with justice, the abolition of white supremacy and other forms of oppression, and equality in the lives of women and men that have been the focus of the work of the Fisher Center for the last 20 years,” said Jodi Dean, professor of political science and director of the Fisher Center, prior to the talk. “Her vision inspires how we see the work of the Fisher Center continuing into the next decades.”
Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center will host artists, scholars, authors and activists to examine contemporary concerns surrounding mobility, movements and migration as part of this year’s theme, “On the Move.”
Endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, the Fisher Center was inaugurated in October 1998 with an event titled “Engendering the Future: Educating Women, Educating Men, Educating Women and Men,” featuring noted experts Carol Gilligan, renowned feminist, psychologist and professor; and Michael Kimmel, author and editor of many influential books on the topic of masculinity.
Since then, the Fisher Center has hosted nearly a dozen events each year, bringing together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. Reflecting the intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe, the Fisher Center builds upon the Colleges’ long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education.