Dr. Duchess Harris, the 2018 Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium Scholar in Residence, was the invited speaker at the April 2018 Diversity Research Café, leading a discussion on "Teaching in the Era of Black Lives Matter." Dr. Harris, Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College, MN, earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota and held postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School and at the Womanist Studies Consortium at the University of Georgia. She received her Juris Doctorate in January 2011, with an expertise in Civil Rights Law. In 2015, The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers chose her to receive "The Profiles in Courage Award." Her publications include Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA and Black Lives Matter, co-authored with Sue Bradford Edwards, and Black Feminist Politics from Kennedy to Clinton/ Obama.
September 2018, The Diversity Research Café welcomed Dr. Sharon
Block, Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, to
discuss "De-Policing the Classroom: Teaching Race, Sexuality, and
Colonialism. From large lecture classes to graduate-level seminars,
what choices can instructors make to reframe how learning happens? How
do our classroom structures promote or inhibit full engagement as we
teach controversial and traumatic subjects such as genocide, human
enslavement, and sexual violence? Dr. Block shared her expertise in the
digital humanities in a discussion of a variety of pedagogical choices
than can tie historical subjects to students' modern concerns as
instructors strive to reach students across political, ideological, and
In October 2018, The Diversity Research Café
welcomed Dr. Aída Hurtado, Professor and Luis Leal Endowed Chair in the
Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, who discussed "Feminism in the Age of Trump,"
an event co-sponsored by the UD ADVANCE Institute. Feminism's hard-won
battles and revolutionary changes are under threat as elected officials
pass legislation that removes many of the advances of the last 40 years.
What role should feminist mobilization play in future social change?
What did we learn from the 2017 Women's March? Dr. Aída Hurtado's
discussion engaged brainstorming and possibility, informed by her
research as a social psychologist focused on intersectional feminisms,
processes of racialization, and Latinas/os educational achievement.