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.
Dr. Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor of History at University of Delaware, with a joint appointment in Women & Gender Studies, was the invited speaker at the February 2018 Diversity Research Café on “Sexing in Public: History, Podcasting, and Our Political Moment." During the gathering with faculty, graduate students, and community members in the Memorial Hall Dome, Dr. Davis discussed the origins of the podcast and the importance of making history relevant with storytelling as the foundation, as in her work as producer and editor of the podcast “Sexing History.”
As political battles rage over sexual assault and workplace harassment, reproductive rights, and gender equality, “Sexing History” invites listeners to hear how voices from the past grappled with similar issues—and what we can learn from them.
In an article in The Review by Senior Reporter Bianca Thiruchittampalam, Dr. Davis noted the podcast format is a refreshing and effective approach to telling stories. “Listening is a very personalized experience,” Davis says. “I think there’s something that’s simultaneously private and connected about a podcast. I think there’s an artistry to it.” In the podcast, Dr. Davis addresses the politics of sexual harassment and assault, the #MeToo movement and the sexualization of women in the workplace, gender, and race. Click here to read the full article in The Review.