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Joy James Lecture- "We Welcome Their Hatred": Rejecting Racist Violence and Femicide While Surviving in the Afterlife of Terror

Dr. Joy James is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of the Humanities at Williams College. Author of the forthcoming "FULCRUM: The Captive Maternal Leverages Democracy," James is also author of Resisting State ViolenceTranscending the Talented Tenth; Seeking the 'Beloved Community'; and Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics. Her edited anthologies on prison abolitionism and protest politics include: The New AbolitionistsThe Angela Y. Davis ReaderImprisoned IntellectualsWarfare in the American HomelandStates of Confinement. James's writings have appeared in the New York TimesThe Boston ReviewCritical Studies; The Black Scholar. She is co-editor of the "2016 Election" Abolitionist Collective blog.

Dr. James will be visiting campus to discuss her work and research on Thursday, November 7th at 4:00pm in the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Theater (doors open at 3:30pm).

Talk Abstract: This talk begins with Senator Bernie Sanders's use of President Franklin Roosevelt's condemnation of monopoly capitalism to discuss social justice. Along with a democratic socialist critique of capital, it explores rebellion against police violence by captive maternals such as Erica Garner; and concludes with a reflection the afterlife of femicide and racism in triumphal country/soul women's protest music such as the "Highwomen."

Dr. James will also be leading a graduate seminar following the lecture on Friday, November 8th at 10:00am in the Research Commons. To learn more and RSVP, please visit the seminar event page.

These events are co-sponsored by The Women's Place, Livable Futures (GAHDT), The Criminal Justice Research Center, The Political Theory Workshop, and The Institute for Democratic Engagement and Accountability.