Recent surges of gendered, sexual, racial, religious, and economic violence lend new urgency to understanding how systems of gender and sexuality are intertwined with other modalities of social difference. In fall 2015 the Gender Institute launched new programs to illuminate the histories of women in conjunction with the histories of other oppressed and marginalized groups.
RECLAIMING OUR ANCESTORS
In October 2015 the Gender Institute hosted a three-day workshop, "Reclaiming Our Ancestors," for which descendants of 18th and 19th-century antislavery authors and activists flew in from across the United States to discuss slave narratives, history, memory, and trauma. The principal goals of the workshop were to promote public (black) history and to support the participants’ educational, creative, and scholarly enterprises related to illuminating the legacies of slavery as well as the roots/routes of current forms of human trafficking and exploitation. Participants included descendants of Dred Scott, Solomon Northup, Venture Smith, William Grimes, Jeffrey Brace, Lewis Clarke, Moses Grandy, and other figures.