Buffalo State’s Women and Gender Studies Program is excited to announce that Brittney Cooper, a prominent scholar of black feminist thought, will present "#SayHerName," a keynote address to celebrate Women's History Month. Her keynote topic will explore police violence against black women and black women's inclusion in social movements.
Cooper is a professor of women and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University and co-founder of the renowned activist blog, Crunk Feminist Collective. She is also writes a weekly column on race and gender politics for the critical arts and culture magazine, Salon, and has regularly written about the Movement for Black Lives, more widely known as #BlackLivesMatter. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to theroot.com’s Root 100, an annual list of top black influencers. She can be followed on Twitter at @professorcrunk.
Cooper also writes about the black intellectual tradition, racial justice, hip-hop generation feminism, and race/gender representation in popular culture. Her forthcoming book, Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press), examines the long history of black women’s thought leadership in the U.S., with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about black feminism.
Crunk Feminist Collective’s mission is to “create a space of support and camaraderie for hip-hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves, fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist ideals.” The collective was a 2013 Ms. Foundation People’s Choice Award nominee. It was named a top feminist blog of 2011 and a top black blog of 2012, and serves a monthly readership of 75,000-100,000 readers.
The Women’s History Month Keynote Address is sponsored by Buffalo State’s Grant Allocation Committee, Faculty-Student Association Founder’s Fund, the Equity and Campus Diversity Office, the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences, the Women and Gender Studies Minor, African and African American Studies Minor, and the Communication Department.