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30 Years of Theorizing Justice: Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory and Contemporary Challenges (Hans Maeder Lecture by Kimberlé Crenshaw)

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Looking back on its journey in the 30th year, in this talk, Prof. Crenshaw expounds on intersectionality through the lens of personal narrative.

She reflects on formative experiences that shaped her political consciousness as a woman and as a Black person, and how those anecdotes directly informed her theorization and application of intersectionality. She grounds her observations against a backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating political environment in which the destabilization of new and old democracies underscores the naiveté of celebrating the Obama era as a “post-racial” moment.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.

Crenshaw is the co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, a gender, and racial justice legal think tank, and the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School. She is a leading voice in calling for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice interventions, having spearheaded the Why We Can’t Wait Campaign and coauthored Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.

Discussant: Deva Woodly, Associate Professor of Politics, The New School for Social Research

Reception to follow.

The Hans Maeder Lectureship was established in honor of Hans Maeder, an extraordinary intellectual and political activist who exemplified in his life's work a dedication to international understanding and social justice and who opposed the Nazi regime inside Germany from the earliest moments until 1934 when he escaped and was pursued by the Gestapo.

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research

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