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Faculty Research Seminars

The Cooper Center hosts a monthly seminar series for Piedmont-Triad area faculty members whose research and teaching interests focus on political questions at the intersection of gender, race, and region. The seminars are interdisciplinary and engage scholarship from multiple fields, perspectives and methodological approaches. Through the seminars, we hope to create a central meeting place for research and scholarly engagement with race, gender and politics while building cross-institutional support.

If you are interested in joining the seminars, please contact Dr. Dani Parker.

PREVIOUS SEMINARS

April 11, 2017
Presenter: Shanita Brown, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Racial Microaggressions & Coping Strategies Among African American Women in the Workplace”

March 14, 2017
Presenter: Buffie Longmire-Avital, Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of African and African-American Studies, Elon University
Paper Presented: “For All the Black Girls Navigating Historically White Spaces and the Mamas who Anchor Them”

February 28, 2017
Presenter: Sherri Williams, Anna Julia Cooper Center Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Mobile Murder: Social Media Images of Fatal Police Brutality”

January 24, 2017
Presenter: Katherine A. Shaner, Assistant Professor of New Testament, School of Divinity, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Senseless Protests and the ‘Useful’ Singular Savior: Wo/men and Protest Speech in Mark 11:15-19”

December 6, 2016
Presenter: Toddie Peters, Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University
Paper Presented: “Abortion is Not the Problem: A Feminist Ethic of Reproductive Justice”

November 16, 2016
Presenter: Ariana Elizabeth Vigil, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Paper Presented: “Solidarity or Spectatorship?: Photography, Militarized Conflict, and Negotiating a U.S. Latina/o Public”

April 12, 2016
Presenter: Betina Wilkinson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Media Coverage and the Criminality of Blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans”

March 15, 2016
Presenter: Dawn N. Hicks Tafari, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Winston-Salem State University
Paper Presented: “Whose world is this?”: A composite counterstory of Black male elementary school teachers as Hip-Hop otherfathers”

February 9, 2016
Presenter: Tony Parent, Professor of History and American Ethnic Studies at Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Dressed for Flight: Male Fugitives in Virginia, 1740-1775”

January 12, 2016
Presenter: Latoya Brooks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Bennett College
Paper Presented: “The Black Church, Social Reform, and Sexual Health”

December 8, 2015
Presenter: Willietta Gibson, Assistant Professor of Biology. Bennett College
Respondent: Tara T. Green, Professor of African American & African Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

November 10, 2015
Presenter: Santiba Campbell, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bennett College
Respondent: Maria Merrills, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, Winston-Salem State

October 13, 2015
Presenter: Sara Dahill-Brown, Assistant Professor, Politics & International Affairs, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Making Choice Work for All Families in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools”
Respondent: Latoya Brooks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Bennett College

September 8, 2015
Presenter: Jaira Harrington, Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow in Politics & International Affairs, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Institutionalizing the Teacher?Scholar Model: A Case Study”
Respondent: Sara Dahill-Brown, Assistant Professor, Politics & International Affairs, Wake Forest University

May 5, 2015
Presenter: Kara Dixon Viuc, Associate Professor of History, High Point University
Paper Presented: “Race, Sexuality, and Entertainment in the World War II American Military”
Respondent: Latoya Brooks, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Bennett College

April 14, 2015
Presenter: Derek Hicks, Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture, Wake Forest University
Paper Presented: “Nourishing Debased Flesh: The Intersection of Religion and Food in the Struggle to Make the Wounded Whole”
Respondent: Michele Gillespie, Presidential Endowed Professor of Southern History, Wake Forest University

March 17, 2015
Presenter: Tangela Towns, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Winston-Salem State University
Paper Presented: “Living Life Food Insecure and Underserved: A Content Analysis of Winston-Salem, NC”
Respondent: Tamara Y. Jeffries, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Bennett College

February 10, 2015
Presenter: Michele K. Lewis, Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences, Winston-Salem State University
Paper Presented: “’Ratchet’ Females and Homosexuals: Examining Mixed-Slurs As Microaggressions in a Southern African-American U.S. Context”
Respondent: Richard G. Moye, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Winston-Salem State University

January 13, 2015
Presenter: Valerie A. Johnson, Mott Distinguished Professor of Women’s Studies and Director, Africana Women’s Studies, Bennett College
Paper Presented: “‘To Dance With a Stranger’: Self-Defense as Choreographed Reality”
Respondent: Melissa Harris-Perry, Presidential Endowed Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University

April 8, 2014
Presenter:Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Assistant Professor of U.S. Women’s History at the University of Iowa and Postdoctoral Fellow in Law & Society at Tulane University
Paper Presented: “‘You Couldn’t Guess de Awfulness of It’ : The Slave Market in Enslaved People’s Daily Lives”
Respondent: Ashley Howard, Assistant Professor of History, Loyola University

March 11, 2014
Presenter: Kathleen J. Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Sociology, Loyola University New Orleans
Paper Presented:”Reifying Race: Genetic Genealogy and the Maintenance of the Racial Hierarchy”

November 12, 2013
Presenter: Ashley Howard, Assistant Professor of History, Loyola University
Paper Presented: “Beyond the Rabble, Gender Factors in Uprising Participation”
Respondent: Kathleen Fitzgerald, Visiting Associate Professor of Sociology, Loyola University

October 8, 2013
Presenter: Jennie Lightweis-Goff, Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Gender/Sexuality Studies, Tulane University
Paper Presented: “Interior Travelogues and ‘Inside Views’: The Urban Slave Narrative”
Respondent: Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Political Science, Tulane University

September 10, 2013
Presenter: Laura Murphy, Assistant Professor of English, Loyola University
Paper Presented: “The New Slave Narrative and Modern Slavery’s Sentimental Reading Lessons”
Respondent: Mary N. Mitchell, Associate Professor of History, University of New Orleans

April 9, 2013
Presenter: Violet Harrington Bryan, Mellon Professor of English, Xavier University
Paper Presented: “Woodside, St. Mary, Jamaica: The Lived And Imagined Homeland In The Fiction And Poetry Of Erna Brodber And Velma Pollard”
Respondent: Supriya M. Nair, Associate Professor of English at Tulane

March 12, 2013
Presenter: Mary Niall Mitchell, Associate Professor of History, University of New Orleans
Paper Presented: “The Slave Girl in the Archive: A Portrait of Slavery & Freedom in 19th-Century America”
Respondent: Megan Osterbur, Xavier University

February 5, 2013
Presenter: Nikki Brown, Assistant Professor of History, University of New Orleans
Paper Presented: “The Southern strategy and Hurricane Katrina: How national party politics enabled an American human disaster.”
Respondent: Nancy Maveety, Professor of Political Science, Tulane University

January 8, 2013< Presenter: Emily Clark, Associate Professor of History, Tulane University
Paper Presented: “Transatlantic Currents of Orientalism: New Orleans Quadrooons and Saint-Louis, Senegal Signares”
Respondent: Elizabeth Steeby, Assistant Professor of English at University of New Orleans

December 4, 2012
Presenter: Rebecca Chaisson, Assistant Professor of Social Work, Tulane
Paper Presented: “Beyond Courageous Conversation: Talking about Race, Class, Gender, Age, and Social Justice in New Orleans”
Respondent: Red Tremmel, Director of Office for Gender & Sexual Diversity at Tulane, Administrative Professor in Gender & Sexuality Studies

November 27, 2012
Presenter: Jas Sullivan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Louisiana State University
Paper Presented: “Race, Identity, and Ideological Beliefs”
Respondent: Elizabeth McMahon, Assistant Professor of History at Tulane University

November 13th, 2012
Presenter: Matt Jacobsmeier, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of New Orleans
Paper Presented: “From Black and White to Left and Right: Race, Gender, and Perceptions of Candidates’ Ideologies.”
Respondent: Liv Newman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Loyola University

October 9th, 2012
Presenter: Nghana Lewis, Associate Professor of English and African and African American Diaspora Students at Tulane University
Paper Presented: “‘Cunt Buckets’ and ‘Bad Bitches’: Black Girl Sexual Identity in PUSH: A Novel and The Coldest Winter Ever.”
Respondent: Jennifer Lightweis-Goff, ACLS Postdoc Teaching Fellow in English & Gender and Sexuality Studies

September 11, 2012
Presenter: Trimiko Melancon, Assistant Professor of English and African & African American Studies at Loyola University in New Orleans, Anna Julia Cooper Project Visiting Scholar 2012-2013
Paper Presented: “‘The silence is worse than all the violence’: (Post) 9/11 Cultural Production, Racial-Gender Politics, and the ‘War on Terror'”
Respondent: Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Political Science at Tulane University