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Le Moyne to Host Lecture on Antiracist Activism

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a lecture by Simmons College professor Becky Thompson on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. Her talk is titled “A Promise and a Way of Life: Antiracist Activism.”<br /> <br /> Thompson will trace highlights in the contemporary history of racial justice activism in the United States during the last fifty years. What worked (and didn’t) during the Civil Rights, Black Power, and multiracial feminist movements as well as in organizing to stop the escalation of prisons and to end U.S. imperialism provide marvelous lessons for activists now. Special attention will be given to everyday acts against injustice and why activists keep reminding us that “the journey is our home.” <br /> <br /> Becky Thompson is the author of several books, including “A Promise and a Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism” (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); “Mothering without a Compass: White Mother’s Love, Black Son’s Courage” (University of Minnesota Press, 2000); and “A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women's Eating Problems” (University of Minnesota Press, 1994). She co-edited, with Sangeeta Tyagi, “Names We Call Home: Autobiography on Racial Identity” (Routledge, 1996) and “Beyond a Dream Deferred: Multicultural Education and the Politics of Excellence” (University of Minnesota Press, 1993) that won the Gustavus Myers Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in North America. Her forthcoming book (with her colleague and friend Diane Harriford) is “When the Center is on Fire: Passionate Social Theory for Troubling Times” (University of Texas). Her co-edited volume, “Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Prose and Poetry on HIV Across the Black Diaspora” (with Randall Horton and Michael Harper) was just released (Third World Press, December 2006). She speaks widely on antiracism and justice work; multiracial feminism; spirituality and activism; and trauma and embodiment. <br /> <br /> Currently, Thompson is an associate professor of sociology at Simmons College in Boston. She previously served as a visiting associate professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University in 2002-2003. She teaches courses on contemporary social justice movements, critical race legal theory, poetry and politics, birth and death, and social theory. She also offers “Writing as if your life depends upon it” workshops and lectures on creative writing. She has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Political Research Associates. Her activism has included work against the escalation of the punishment industry, against apartheid and U.S. wars in Central America, and in support of human rights. Her poetry has recently appeared in Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, We Begin Here: For Lebanon and Palestine, Illuminations, The Teacher’s Voice, and In Women’s Hands. <br /> <br /> The lecture is free and open to the public. A discussion will follow the talk.</p>
posted on: 3/5/2007