30 Years of Theorizing Justice: Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory and Contemporary Challenges

Looking back on its journey in the 30th year, Kimberlé Crenshaw will expound on intersectionality through the lens of personal narrative, reflecting on formative experiences that shaped her political consciousness as a woman and as a Black person, and how those anecdotes directly informed her theorization and application of intersectionality. Her observations are grounded against a backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating political environment in which the destabilization of new and old democracies underscores the naiveté of celebrating the Obama era as “post-racial" and modern political discourse as "intersectional" or even "post-intersectional."

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law. Her work has been foundational in two fields of study that have come to be known by terms that she coined: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality. Crenshaw’s articles have appeared in the Harvard Law ReviewNational Black Law JournalStanford Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa, and South America.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program and the Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium. DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 P.M.

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:30pm

Kaul Auditorium
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199