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Dissecting the connections between gender, race, class and social activism is sure to spark some passionate discussion at the upcoming Women’s and Gender Studies seminar at North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

The annual research symposium, “#StayWoke: Intersections of Gender, Race, Class and Activism,” will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Mary Townes Science Complex Building, at 1900 Concord St. on the campus of NCCU. The event is free and open to the public.

Kimberly J. Chandler, Ph.D., a gender-studies scholar and assistant professor at Xavier University of New Orleans, will deliver the keynote address. Her lecture will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by student poster presentations and panel discussions involving professors from various colleges and universities.

Chandler is the author of scholarly articles, papers and literary works whose primary research focuses on gender and communication in relation to performance. Her work examines the connections of race, ethnicity, gender, culture and sexual identity.

Chandler earned her doctorate in communication studies from Wayne State University.

NCCU’s College of Arts and Sciences introduced Women’s and Gender Studies to its curriculum in fall 2016. The move made NCCU the first historically black college and university (HBCU) in the University of North Carolina system to offer this focus of study. The interdisciplinary program prepares students to think critically about structures of power, privilege and identity, while exploring intersections of gender, race, class, religion, sexuality and other aspects of social structures affecting women’s equality. It also explores global experiences of women, with an emphasis on women of the African diaspora. 

For more information, contact Dr. Shauntae White at sbwhite@nccu.edu or (919) 530-7109.

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