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Gender and History Visiting Scholar Lecture

Thursday, March 7, 2019
4:30pm – 6:30pm

Storrs Campus
Konover Auditorium, The Dodd Center

As part of the Gender and History Visiting Scholar Series, Dr. Keisha N. Blain, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS), will provide a public lecture, titled "Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom," inspired by her recently published first book. The lecture will be followed by a reception. For an abstract of the lecture, please see below:

In this talk, historian Keisha N. Blain discusses how black nationalist women engaged in national and global politics during the twentieth century. In Chicago, Harlem, and the Mississippi Delta, from Britain to Jamaica, these women built alliances with people of color around the globe, agitating for the rights and liberation of black people in the United States and across the African diaspora. As pragmatic activists, they employed multiple protest strategies and tactics, combined numerous religious and political ideologies, and forged unlikely alliances in their struggles for freedom. Their stories, which have been largely hidden in popular historical narratives, underscore the depth and complexities of the global black freedom struggle and offer valuable lessons for contemporary black politics and activism.


Cornelia Dayton,

History Department (primary), Africana Studies Institute, Human Rights Institute, Humanities Institute, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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