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Social Media, Feminist Activism

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies Karen Frost-Arnold will open the 2014-2015 Sentiments & Declarations lecture series with a discussion on social media as a growing platform for feminist activism and other liberatory struggles. Her talk, “Trust, Activism, and Social Media,” will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Guntzel Theatre at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.

Frost-Arnold will explore the philosophical dimensions of trust and investigate activist uses of virtual trust for feminist goals. She will discuss complex practical questions: What is the role of hope in online feminist activism? Is online deception ever an acceptable feminist strategy? Can trickster activists manipulate trust in ways that promote social justice?

“Sentiments and Declarations is an exciting project because it continues the public intellectual conversation coming out of Seneca Falls,” says Frost-Arnold. “It’s a space that has inspired critical feminist moments in history, and I’m excited to be there to join that conversation. My hope is that we can have a spirited discussion about how feminists should engage with social media.”

The “Sentiments & Declarations” lecture series is cosponsored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the offices of the President, Provost and Dean of Faculty, and Vice President of Student Affairs at HWS. The lectures, which are open to the public, will be held Thursday evenings, once a month. A van leaves HWS at 4:30 p.m. to bring faculty, staff and students to the lectures.

The next lecture takes place on Thursday, Oct. 23. Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies Marie-Helen Koffi-Tessio will present “Hearing the Voice of the Subaltern: the Case of Mayotte Capécia.”