Event: Mythbusting Intersectionality, moderated by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Date: Thursday, January 24th
Speakers: Kimberlé Crenshaw (Moderator), Hannah Giorgis, Daniel Martinez HoSang, Barbara Tomlinson, Sarah Seltzer, Ezra Young
Where: Columbia Law School | 435 West 116th Street | New York, NY 10027
Jerome Green Hall: Jerome Greene Hall (JG) Room 101
When: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
In the thirty years since the concept was theorized by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, intersectionality has become a staple of woke Tinder profiles, has been touted by everyone from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to Sabrina the Teenage Witch and even served as the inspiration of a recent True Detective episode. All the while, the right wing has seized upon intersectionality as the apotheosis of everything wrong with the so-called snowflake generation.
But what is intersectionality, exactly, and how does its popular understanding square with its scholarly beginning?
Many of the most pervasive myths about intersectionality reflect an unwillingness to engage with the substance of intersectionality as a theory, and a haste to invoke straw hysteria on college campuses as conclusive evidence of intersectionality’s supposed moral and intellectual pitfalls. The theory’s detractors often confuse intersectionality with Oppression Olympics, identity politics on steroids, a dogma brandished with cultic fervor or even a justification for anti-Semitism, to name only some of the most persistent distortions. Presented by the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) and the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), Mythbusting Intersectionality is a convening of leading thinkers in activism, media, academia and law that will dispel these misconceptions. Join us for a provocative discussion intended to uplift the ways in which intersectionality can be mobilized to name, trace and organize against the compounded discrimination that is endemic to today’s social landscape and the overlapping systems of power that undergird it.
The multidisciplinary panel will include Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, The Atlantic staff writer Hannah Giorgis, Yale Professor Daniel Martinez HoSang, UC Santa Barbara feminist scholar Professor Barbara Tomlinson, feminist writer Sarah Seltzer and civil rights attorney Ezra Young.
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