Saturday, December 12, 2009
The Lives of Indigenous Women in a 'Post-Racial' and 'Post-Feminist' World
Well known for both her academic and activist work, Andrea Smith combines careful scholarship and a commitment to community engagement. In her lecture she analyzes the realities of white supremacy and patriarchy as they play out in the lives of indigenous women in the United States. Smith is the author of Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (2008) and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (2005). She is also the editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex (2009) and co-editor of The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology (2006). Smith currently serves as the U.S. coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians and is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color. She recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools.