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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check this website for updates.

In this talk, Kimberlé Crenshaw will expound the concept of 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 the ways in which those anecdotes directly informed her theorization and application of intersectionality. Her observations are grounded in 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: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa, and South America.

Sponsored by the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program and the Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium. 

This event is free and open to the public. There are no tickets, and seating will be first come, first served. Doors open at 5 p.m. We recommend you arrive early to ensure a seat. If we reach capacity in the auditorium, there will be a small amount of overflow seating available in an adjacent room with sound piped in (no video). If that seating fills, others will be turned away.

Parking at Reed College is free and no permit is required. There are three parking lots on campus: the east lot, accessed from Woodstock Boulevard just east of the main entrance; the west lot, along 28th Avenue (closest to the event); and the north lot, along Steele Street. See the map of campus for more information.

Kaul Auditorium is an accessible building. ADA drop off is available in front of Kaul; there are a handful of ADA parking spots a short distance from the building adjacent to the Physical Plant. ASL interpreters will be onsite, and there will be designated seating for those in need of ASL interpretation at the front of the auditorium.

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 5:30pm

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