But Some of Us are Brave: Narratives of Scholarship, Resistance and Activism by Women/Womxn of Color

In the 1980s, three black women scholarsBut Some of Us are Brave Logo—Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith—published a seminal text in understanding the placement of black women in academia. Entitled All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave, this research considered the emerging fields of Black Studies and Women Studies and the frustration that Black women felt as they attempted to incorporate Black women’s scholarship in a scholarly landscape dominated by Black men and white women. In this sense, Hull’s et. al. edited volume was groundbreaking because it established a space to consider the scholarly work and influence of Black women in these fields, as well as narrating the experiences of Black women scholars.

In honor of Women’s History Month, this annual lecture series pays tribute to the spirit of Hull’s et. al. declaration, continuing in that important legacy of creating space for the voices of women/womxn junior scholars of color. This lecture series provides students, faculty, staff and the Tacoma community an opportunity to learn from, engage with, and experience the outstanding research and activism that women/womxn of color scholars produce, and how that research continues to work toward inclusivity and equity in academia.

2019 Series

Friday, March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Trimble Forum

Guest Speaker: Nana Osei-Kofi, PhD
Lecture Title: Notes on Multiraciality: Reflections on the Personal and the Political
About the Lecture: What does it mean to engage in a critical conversation about multiraciality? To what degree have psychological identity development models shaped dominant discourse on multiraciality? How might we take up multiraciality from an explicitly political, anti-racist stance? What can we learn from engaging multiraciality from a historical perspective? These are some of the questions I have been working on as a scholar with a deep interest in radical social change and as a woman of color with a substantial investment in questions of multiracialization. During our time together, I will share from my personal as well as professional life, as a way of weaving together an autobiographical narrative on multiracial identity, inquiry, and politics.  

About the Speaker: Nana Osei-Kofi is Nana Osei-KofiDirector of the Difference, Power, & Discrimination Program, and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University (OSU). Prior to her appointment at OSU in 2013, Osei-Kofi was Associate Professor and Director of the Social Justice Studies Graduate Certificate Program in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her areas of scholarly focus include critical and feminist teaching and learning, the politics of American higher education, Black Nordic studies, and visual cultural studies. Journals in which her work has appeared include, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Feminist Formations, Equity & Excellence in Education, Latino Studies, and The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies. Osei-Kofi serves on the editorial boards of Feminist Formations and The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, and recently completed a two-year term as Vice-President of the National Women’s Studies Association. Osei-Kofi holds an M.A. in Applied Women’s Studies and Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University.

More information about the speaker: https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/users/nana-osei-kofi

Thursday, March 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Trimble Forum

Guest Speaker: Stephanie Han, PhD
Lecture Title: Narrative as Life: Writing, Self, and Polyculturalism
About the Lecture: Through stories we come to be. The crafting of narrative is a journey into the self and reverberates out into a broad understanding of the individual’s place within a global context. An expression of a single sentiment is often propelled by an urgent sense that one’s existence is both relevant and finite, and all of the wonder and terror that this implies. Writing is a bold act of defiance in a world that marginalizes individuals according to ideas of perceived power. A 21st century framework of polyculturalism embraces the multiplicity of our stories and in so doing, urges us to embrace an authentic shared humanity.

Stephanie HanAbout the Speaker:  Stephanie Han’s award-winning fiction collection  Swimming in Hong Kong (Willow Springs Books) received recognition and prizes from Paterson, AWP, Spokane, Asian Books Blogs, Honolulu Magazine, South China Morning Post, Nimrod International, and other outlets.  Han has published across the genres and has received grants/fellowships from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, PEN-USA, and VONA. She was the inaugural English Literature PhD graduate of City University of Hong Kong and lives in Hawaii, home of her family since 1904.

More information about the speaker: https://www.stephaniehan.com/about/

& Thursday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. in Trimble Forum *RSVP Required

Speakers: Some of the Brave
A Special Session: Brave Narratives, Right Here, at Puget Sound: A Womxn of Color Community Circle
About the Session: This is a special event in the But Some of Us Are Brave lecture series. Often we offer opportunities only to those beyond our campus walls to be guest speakers and to share their knowledge. We often forget the ways in which we embody bravery each and every day as we play a part in the larger experience of our various identity communities. So this year we want to ensure that the voices of those that are brave, right here at Puget Sound, are to be heard. This event will begin with a small panel of women of color who will share short narratives of when they have been especially brave. The majority of the event will be dedicated to breaking bread and conversations within smaller groups consisting of faculty, staff, and students who all identify as womxn of color. This space is a solidarity space in which the primary focus and primary audience is womxn of color. It is creating a space for those who are consistently reminded of how hard it is to be WOC, and often Woke WOC, yet are not as often reminded of the ways in which identifying as such means you are indeed Brave. If you identify as a womxn of color, and desire to be in a space that speaks to the trials and tribulations of someone who identifies as a womxn, please consider joining the circle.

*In using the term womxn, we fully acknowledge that women should never be limited to cisgender women and thereby intentionally include our trans women sisters and non-binary community. In this particular space, we want non-binary people to be aware of the focus on femme experiences.

If you are interested in joining this Brave space please RSVP by Thursday, March 7th to the following email: lbrackett@pugetsound.edu. This event will provide food, thus a head count is imperative to the success of this community circle. We hope you will join us in this space of comradery and community, and most of all mutual respect and love.

The funding for this event comes from the generosity of various departments and programs across the campus.

About the Speakers:
Puget Sound Voices:
LaToya Brackett, Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies and the Race & Pedagogy Institute Khalila Fordham, Psychologist and Multicultural Support Specialist at CHWS
Isha Rajbandhari, Assistant Professor of Economics

Community Voices:
T’wina Franklin Nobles, President and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, and Puget Sound Alum