Celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice will host artists, scholars, authors and activists, including keynote speaker Angela Davis, to examine contemporary concerns surrounding mobility, movements and migration.
Exploring the theme “On the Move,” this year’s speaker series begins during Homecoming and Family Weekend 2018. On Friday, Sept. 28, Laura Rowley will lead “Crafting the Revolution: DIY skills for activists,” a hands-on poster, card and silkscreen workshop at 4:30 p.m. in the Fisher Center, Demarest Hall Room 212.
“Learning from Angela Davis,” a panel discussion with Fisher Center Fellows in preparation for Davis’s talk, will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center.
On Thursday, Oct. 18, Angela Davis, the internationally renowned activist, author and professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will deliver her keynote lecture, addressing themes for the future of feminism at 4:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room in Scandling Campus Center.
In numerous books on peace, justice, prison abolition and the movements of the oppressed, “Professor Davis’s 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,” says Jodi Dean, professor of political science and director of the Fisher Center. “Her vision inspires how we see the work of the Fisher Center continuing into the next decades.”
The 20th anniversary celebration continues that weekend with a conversation about the contemporary coordinate system on Friday, Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the Fisher Center. On Saturday, Oct. 20, this year’s Woodworth Fellows — Pamela Icyeza ’19, Bradley Stewart ’19, Andrew Scammell ’18, Shaahida Samuel ’19 and Dylan Bennett ’19 — will present the results of their summer research at 11 a.m. in the Fisher Center.
Charisse Burden-Stelly, assistant professor of Africana studies and political science at Carleton College, joins the series on Wednesday, Nov. 14. She will deliver a talk titled “The treacherous terrain of movement building: Anti-radicalism, anti-blackness, and U.S. imperialism,” at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center. Co-author of W.E.B. DuBois: A Life in American History, Burden-Stelly holds a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published scholarship recently in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.
The fall leg of the series concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 5, with Noriko Manabe‘s talk “How Sound Shapes Demonstrations, and How Demonstrations Shape Sound: Case Studies in the U.S. and Japan.” Manabe is an associate professor at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Her research centers on music and social movements and on popular music. Manabe’s first monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, addresses the different roles of musicians in the performance spaces of cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals and recordings. The book won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize (for the best book in Japanese studies) from the Association for Asian Studies and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize (for the best book in ethnomusicology) from the Society for Ethnomusicology. Manabe’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fisher Center.
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.