The theme for NC State’s 2017 “Herstory” Month is “Finding our Freedom,” featuring four signature events as well as other activities throughout March.
Professor Dorothy Roberts of the University of Pennsylvania, founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science and Society, is the keynote speaker for the month’s activities. Her presentation, “Killing the Black Body In Retrospect: Twenty Years of Reproductive Violence and Justice,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in SAS Hall, Room 2203. A book signing will precede the event.
First published in 1997, Roberts’ Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty is a history of the regulation of black women’s bodies in the United States, beginning with the legal status of enslaved women’s as property.
Roberts will reflect on her original work in her presentation at NC State.
On March 16, there will be a 7 p.m. screening at the Women’s Center at 4140 Talley Student Union of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry,” a 2014 documentary that chronicles the outrageous and brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. Afterwards, assistant professor Natalie Bullock Brown of St. Augustine’s University and former NC State director of women’s and gender studies Deborah Hooker will lead a discussion.
On March 20, also in the Women’s Center, there will be a panel discussion on “Womanhood—Radical Acceptance: Making Peace with Defining Womanhood.” The event begins at 6 p.m. and features Deja Baptiste, a writer with The Deja Speaks; Alexandra McArthur, a director with the Muscular Dystrophy Association; and Donna Battle, chaplain at Meredith College.
Finally, on March 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 4280 of the Talley Student Union, a self-care workshop called “Finding Our Freedom to Heal” will include the counseling center’s Alli DeFinis and the University Theatre’s Mia Self. Registration is suggested.
A full list of activities throughout the month is available here.
This post was originally published in NC State News.