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WGSS Co-Sponsored Event:

Date: November 11, 2020
Time: 3 pm -5 pm (PST)
Format: Zoom Presentation
Title: “Black Music and Freedom:
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism”
Artist: Marcus Shelby: Composer; Bassist, Bandleader;
Artistic Director Healdsburg Jazz
Guest: Tiffany Austin (Vocals)

Program Description

Over the past 2 decades composer Marcus Shelby has explored the
relationship between the blues and Freedom Movements in the United
States. These musical projects primarily composed for big band
orchestra include suites about Harriet Tubman, Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and the music of the Civil Rights Movement, the history of
Negro League baseball, the Port Chicago Mutiny during War World 2,
Mass Incarceration, and many other multi-artistic collaborations
where the blues was the source of language and inspiration. “Black
Music and Freedom: Blues Legacies and Black Feminism” is
based on the powerful book and research of Angela Y. Davis which
explores the music of “Ma” Gertrude Raney, Bessie Smith, and Billie
Holiday and the significance of these songs to black liberation,
particularly how black women singers used the power of the blues to
project a pro feminist ideology 40 years before the feminist
movement was recognized. The presentation will include a discussion
on the history and meaning of the songs sung by “Ma” Gertrude
Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, videos, recordings, photos,
and also live performances throughout featuring special guest vocalist
Tiffany Austin with Marcus Shelby on bass.
Marcus Shelby
[email protected]

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: From the ReVisionist by the Women’s History M.A. Program at Sarah Lawrence College

The ReVisionist is an online publication platform, run by Women’s History graduate students at Sarah Lawrence College, which actively seeks to publish interdisciplinary work from around the world. Each month, the editorial team selects a theme through which publications may tie together. We publish everything from poetry to research to video content, as well as promote the authors we work with on our social media pages.

Our website features writing publications, such as Rachael Nuckles’ “The Revolution Will Be Dramatized,” as well as non-written submissions, such as Mi’Shaye Venerable’s video on being a “Black, Queer, Woman Activist and Community Organizer.” Written submissions can range from 500 to 1000 words, although this is flexible as well. Founded by Gerda Lerner as the first Women’s History M.A. program in the United States in 1972, our scholars continuously work to build a more intersectional and interdisciplinary understanding of women’s history. The ReVisionist aims to provide young scholars, activists, creatives, and visionaries with a platform on which to share their knowledge and voices, as well as engage in professional development.

Our theme for November is “Whose land are you voting on?,” aimed at acknowledging Indigenous Heritage Month and opening a space for engaging with the 2020 Presidential Election. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the month. You can find our submission guidelines and tips on this short page. We also highly recommend viewing a few articles on our website to familiarize yourself with our content. Please send all inquiries and submissions to [email protected]

The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality

is hosting our graduate student conference “Radical Love Across
Difference” next semester from April 9-11, 2021. This free conference will be held
virtually and we encourage graduate students from all disciplines to submit their
papers, projects, and works of various mediums. We would greatly appreciate if
you could share this opportunity with the graduate students in your networks and
the other faculty in your department so that they can share as well.

Radical Love Across Difference
Submissions due: January 10, 2021
Conference dates: April 9-11, 2021

Without love, our efforts to liberate ourselves and our world community from
oppression and exploitation are doomed.” – bell hooks
By using a praxis of love to highlight the struggles toward liberation, we
approach what hooks suggests is a culture of refusing systems of domination.
The importance of expressing, maintaining, and transforming radical love,
especially across differences, is more pressing than ever. This conference seeks
to explore the role radical love plays in health crises, climate change, racial
justice, migration, economic justice and further social justice movements
through community and belonging, pedagogy and literacy, creative expression
and storytelling, virtual life and presence, and further fields
The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and
Sexuality (GCWS) conference “Radical Love Across Difference” welcomes
proposals from graduate students in all areas of study. Proposals may come
in the form of papers, films, art, performance, visual art, or alternate forms
not listed above.

The conference seeks to explore:
 How does radical love constitute a distinct mode of resistance?
 How is radical love represented in the histories, stories, and
traditions of ancestors and peoples?
 How can radical love foster community and just societies across
difference and challenge the status quo?
 How do the structures of white supremacy and capitalism impact
radical love?
 Are there limits to loving radically?
 How is radical love expressed in the virtual, social, and material
world(s)? Can radical love influence our biological markers or gene

You can learn more about the conference, download the full CFP,
and submit a proposal on our website. Please be in touch
with [email protected] with any questions.

Thank you so much for your time,
Badriyyah Alsabah
Administrative Assistant
Consortium for Graduate Studies in
Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality
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