Angela Davis to Speak at Colloquium on Global and Postcolonial Ethics

Three-lecture series to be hosted by The College of Wooster in February and March

26 January, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio, — Scholar, author, and legendary activist Angela Davis will present "Abolition Feminism and the Ethics of Transnational Solidarity" at the opening session of The College of Wooster's Colloquium on Global and Postcolonial Ethics on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.). Her lecture, and the two that will follow, are free and open to the public.

Angela Davis

Davis rose to prominence in the 1970s as an outspoken philosophy professor at UCLA and political activist affiliated with both the Communist Party USA and the black liberation movement. Having held professorships at San Francisco State University (1980-1984) and UC Santa Cruz (1991-2008), Davis is currently a distinguished professor emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As author and activist, Davis combats all forms of oppression transnationally, emphasizing the importance of building communities and working for economic, racial, and gender justice. She is the author of several books, including Women, Race, and Class (1980); Women, Culture, & Politics (1990); Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003); and The Meaning of Freedom (2012).

Maria Lugones

María Lugones will follow on Friday, Feb. 13, when she presents "From Women of Color Feminism to Decolonial Feminism, Coalitional Ethics" at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). Lugones is associate professor of Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture at Binghamton University. She is celebrated for her work on interstitial identities, ethnocentric racism and heteronormativity, impure community and coalition building, and practices of resistance. She is the author of Peregrinajes/Pilgrimages: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions (2003).

Kristie Dotson

Kristie Dotson will conclude the series with "Here Be Dragons: Thinking Black Feminist Decolonial Thought" on Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall. Dotson is associate professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, serving as core faculty in both the African and African American Studies Departments and the Center for Gender in Global Context. In addition, she is a senior fellow at the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, Columbia Law School. Dotson specializes in epistemology, feminist philosophy, and the philosophy of race and intersectionality. Dotson's work on epistemic oppression and the practice of professional philosophy is drawing national critical acclaim. She has published numerous articles and edited a special edition of Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, titled "Interstices: Inheriting Women of Color Philosophy."

"The colloquium represents a wish list of sorts," said Lee McBride, associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy. "I was given the opportunity to host distinguished scholars that I personally find intellectually stimulating. The colloquium is meant to highlight and give voice to aspects of global ethics that are often understated." The colloquium is underwritten by The Smucker Fund for Global Ethics, The College of Wooster's Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Lindner Lectureship in Ethics.

Additional information about the colloquium is available by phone (330-263-2380) or e-mail.