A Women of Color lecture on March 9 features Nicole Rousseau, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Kent State University, speaking on “Black Woman’s Burden: Commodifying Black Reproducation.” The lecture takes place from 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. in the Conaton Board Room at Xavier.
Rousseau authored a book of the same title that examines the historical atrocities perpetuated against black women under the guise of regulating their sexuality and reproduction in the U.S. It also looks at the impact of stereotyping and the myth of “the angry black woman” on the development of oppressive policies that led to the construction of national, racial and gender identities for black women. The book was chosen a finalist for the North Central Sociological Association's Scholarly Achievement Award.
Rousseau’s work on the structural and institutional roots of race, class and gender inequalities; social rhetoric and identity formation; and historical Womanist theory has been included in several publications in the U.S. and South America.
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Women’s Center, the lecture is free and open to the public. After the lecture, Rousseau is leading a faculty development workshop exploring social rhetoric and its influence on human interactions from 2:45 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Library Center for Teaching Excellence. To register call X-3539 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.