International Women’s Day to feature iconic civil rights activist speaking on campus

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 7, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Angela Davis is distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California.
Angela Davis is distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California. Photo courtesy of Angela Davis

Angela Davis, the iconic civil rights activist, scholar, author and women’s rights advocate, is speaking on campus to mark International Women’s Day March 8.

Her talk is organized by the student-run Women’s Action Group.

“Angela Davis reminds us of the work that has been done but equally what still needs to be done,” says Samira Wagner, a member of the Women’s Action Group and a third-year major in Political Science also working on a minor in Human Justice.

Davis is currently Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary PhD program, and of Feminist Studies at the University of California in Santa Cruz. She is the author of nine books and has lectured around the world.

Davis, 74, burst onto the public scene in the 1960’s through her association with the Black Panther Party and as leader of the Communist Party in the United States.

Women's Action Group
Student members of the Women’s Action Group (l-r) Rita Panapasa, Khansa Irfan and Hannah Grover (missing: Samira Wagner).
“I think her experience as a human, speaks to everyone, says Hannah Grover, a graduate of the English Honours program and currently enrolled in Theatre Acting in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Production. “Age is just a number. Because Ms. Davis is older, we can learn from her as an activist, woman, and cultural icon.”

The Women’s Action Group has worked hard to bring Davis to the campus. The students canvassed support from a number of people and organizations on and off campus.

“We are so very grateful for the support we have received and acknowledge the mentorship and great financial aid from the U of R Women’s Centre who gave us the necessary tools to have our dreams come to life for International Women’s Day and an evening with Angela Davis,” says Rita Panapasa, a fourth-year double major student in Political Science and Anthropology.

Davis’ speech will be followed by a question and answer session.

“Her journey is what we can learn from as students, within her career itself she juggled a number of different goals, learning how to manage this and still remain resilient,” says Khansa Irfan, a fourth-year Health Studies student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Davis’ lecture will focus on gender, class, and race. This event is free and open to the public. A silent auction will be held between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to raise funds for the organization Sister’s in Spirit. Copies of Davis’ books will be available for sale which will be signed following the lecture.

Event:  An Evening With Angela Davis
Date:   Thursday, March 8
Time:   7:00 p.m.
Venue: University Theatre – Riddell Centre
Book signing to follow the event.

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