Speakers tackle national security and racism tonight

A feminist will talk about the myth of national security and an organizational development consultant, about challenging racism in the workplace, at a double seminar tonight organized by York’s School of Social Work to recognize Black History Month.

M. Jacqui Alexander (right), a University of Toronto professor of women’s and gender studies, will discuss the National Security State and Other Fictions. One of the most important theorists of transnational feminism today, she has had a profound impact on feminist, queer and critical race theories. Her publications include Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray!: Feminist Visions for a Just World (2002), and The Third Wave: Feminist Perspectives On Racism (1998). She is also the co-editor, with Chandra Mohanty, of the piece Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (1997). Her collection of essays, Pedagogies of Crossing, was published in January, 2006, by Duke University Press.

Tina Lopes, an organizational development consultant, facilitator and mediator, will discuss Transforming Organizations: Challenging Racism and Remaining Employed. Skilled at developing and implementing organizational change, she co-authored Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations, published in Toronto by Between the Lines Press in January, 2006.

The seminars will take place in Founders Assembly Hall, Room 152, 7-9:30pm.

This event is co-sponsored at York by the School of Social Work Graduate Program; the York University Faculty Association; the School of Social Science in the Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies; the Division of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts; the School of Women’s Studies; and the Centre for Refugee Studies.