Portland State University's Women's Resource Center Presents

Take Back the Day Student Symposium
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
8:30 am-4:00 pm 
Smith Memorial Student Union

The is a FREE one-day event for all students in the Pacific Northwest!The focus ​of this symposium ​will be on anti-racist sexual violence prevention, response practices, and ​educational ​dialogue​. 

The Symposium will be held on April 26th in partnership with the 

Registration for the symposium is now open until April 22nd, 2016​! Registration for this event will close once capacity is met. 

Take Back the Day Student Symposium Keynote: Dr. Treva Lindsey

Dr. Treva Lindsey is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research and teaching interests include African American women’s history, black popular and expressive culture, black feminism(s), hip hop studies, critical race and gender theory, and sexual politics.  

She has published in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, Souls, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, African American Review, The Journal of African American History, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, Urban Education, The Black Scholar, Feminist Studies, Signs, and the edited collection, Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital is in production at the University of Illinois Press (Fall 2016). She is the co-editor of a forthcoming collection on the future of Black Popular Culture Studies (NYU Press 2017). 

She is also a member of several professional organizations including: The National Women’s Studies Association, the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Organization of American Historians, and the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora. She is building a strong online presence by guest contributing to online forums such as Al Jazeera, Cosmopolitan, HuffPost Live, The Marc Steiner Show and The Left of Black Web Series. She was also the state coordinator for the Ohio Black Lives Matter: Cbus to Ferguson Ride.

Take Back the Night
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 
5:30 pm-9:00 pm
Smith Memorial Student Union

Take Back the Night Keynote: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent focusing on femme of color and Sri Lankan identities, survivorhood, and healing, disability and transformative justice. The author of the Lambda Award-winning Love Cake, Dirty River, Bodymap and Consensual Genocide and co-editor with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. 
Her writings on femme of color and Sri Lankan identities, survivorhood, and healing, disability and transformative justice have appeared in the anthologies Octavia's Brood, Dear Sister, Letters Lived, Undoing Border Imperialism, Stay Solid, Persistence: Still Butch and Femme, Yes Means Yes, Visible: A Femmethology, Homelands, Colonize This, We Don’t Need Another Wave, Bitchfest, Without a Net, Dangerous Families, Brazen Femme, Femme and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World 
 She is the co-founder of Mangos With Chili, North America's touring queer and trans people of color cabaret, a lead artist with the disability justice incubator Sins Invalid and co-founder of Toronto's Asian Arts Freedom School. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press' 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future and she is a 2013 Autostraddle Hot 105 member. She lives between Toronto, unceded Three Fires Confederacy Territories and Seattle, unceded Duwamish territories, with the love of her life, a wolfdog, and her friend family. 
For more information on Leah's work, please visit: http://www.brownstargirl.org/

Take Back the Night is free and open to all

We welcome all allies and survivors to these events. In the work to end gender based violence and in breaking the silence around violence for folks belonging to marginalized identities, we especially invite queer people, people of color, and qtpoc to share this space

Questions? ​Please contact Sheena Ino at sheino@pdx.edu
​For accessibility tools, please contact the ​PSU ​Disability Resource Center at (503) 725-4510


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