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The Center for Race & Gender present their “Fall 2020 CRG Distinguished Guest Lecture: Abolition Feminism” with Angela Davis and Gina Dent.
As a politic and a practice, abolition increasingly shapes our political moment ― halting the construction of new jails and propelling movements to divest from policing. Yet erased from this landscape are not only the central histories of feminist ― usually queer, anti-capitalist, grassroots, and women of color – organizing that continue to cultivate abolition but a recognition of the stark reality: abolition is our best response to endemic forms of state and interpersonal gender and sexual violence. This conversation will surface necessary historical genealogies, key internationalist learnings, and everyday practices to grow our collective and flourishing present and futures.
Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is an outspoken advocate for the oppressed and exploited, writing on Black liberation, prison abolition, the intersections of race, gender, and class, and international solidarity with Palestine.
Gina Dent is an associate professor of feminist studies, history of consciousness, and legal studies; chair of the feminist studies department, and director of the Institute for Advanced Feminist Research at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Presented by the Center for Race & Gender, and co-sponsored by African American and African Diaspora Studies, Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture, Gender & Women’s Studies, International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Berkeley, Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI), OBI Diversity and Health Disparities Cluster, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice and UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity & Inclusion.