Are you unable to move forward as an academic because you are in the wrong location? Perhaps a change of scenery would suit you well. We are reposting a list of 10 fellowships for visiting scholars in the various countries including the US. Knowing you have options can be very liberating. Let us know what … Continue reading How You Can Become a Visiting Scholar Abroad!
The Anna Julia Cooper Lecture by Prof. Mitzi Smith
For those who have never heard, Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964) is widely regarded as one of the towering giants of 19th Century intellectualism. An African American woman, she attended Sorbonne University and was awarded her PhD at the age of 64. She published her seminal work, A Voice From the South, in 1892. Cooper was … Continue reading The Anna Julia Cooper Lecture by Prof. Mitzi Smith
Words of Wisdom: bell hooks
"When [Ain't I a Woman] was first published, White women readers would often say to me, 'I don't feel this book is really talking to me.' Often these readers would interpret the direct, blunt speech as signifying anger and I would have to speak against this interpretation and insist upon the difference between direct speech … Continue reading Words of Wisdom: bell hooks
“I’m Too Sacred for This”
When is enough, enough? When should you decide that you have given enough to a church that appears to undermine and devalue your worth as a leader? Perhaps you have put in countless hours of research, writing and seminar speaking, only to be told you are still not good enough for ... full-time hire, to … Continue reading “I’m Too Sacred for This”
Black Perspectives – Call for Papers
Whether it was northern freeborn women (such as Emelie Davis and Charlotte Forten) to freedwomen (including Susie King Taylor), Black women were agents of societal change at all levels. Their meaningful actions ranged from demanding equal access to public education to refusing to sit in racially designated seating on public transit.
The Myth of Black Don’t Crack – How Black Women Can Resist Weathering
"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." - Audre Lorde Stress is part of life, and some stress is even beneficial. Yet, dangerous levels of stress, particularly when we remain in the "fight … Continue reading The Myth of Black Don’t Crack – How Black Women Can Resist Weathering
Black Women’s Knowledge Production-“Sister Citizen”
"Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America" Melissa Harris-Perry. Her work provides an epistemological correction in how we interpret Black womanhood. When we critique the reticence toward hiring African descended women, it is important to understand both where the challenges exist and possible methods of correction. Black women's knowledge production is explored in … Continue reading Black Women’s Knowledge Production-“Sister Citizen”
Methodology: Audre Lorde’s Theory of Difference
Audre Lorde The Theory of Difference Students of color, across the board, are now asking us about the best ways for them to challenge the canon within their respective disciplines. (Though the term canon can refer to the Bible, more broadly construed, it can refer to any discipline such as the "literary canon." In the … Continue reading Methodology: Audre Lorde’s Theory of Difference
Book Reviewers Sought
Please get in touch if interested in reviewing this book, Walking through the Valley: Womanist Explorations in the Spirit of Katie Geneva Cannon Paperback – 8 Nov. 2022, by Emilie M. Townes (Editor), et al., Westminster John Knox Press.
Misogynoir: The Myth of Black Women as Substandard
Many years ago, I worked in Corporate America through a technical agency. I commanded an impressive wage and was often overbooked. I arrived at the office a new client. The policy that they agreed to was that I would touch base with the home office upon arrival. When seated in my office, I called as … Continue reading Misogynoir: The Myth of Black Women as Substandard