Bernedette Muthien is an activist, poet, and educator. Her life’s work has been directed toward increasing access to basic social institutions that have long excluded women, and in particular women of color, in South Africa. Her visit will focus on her passion and strategies for reversing patterns of victimization through increased representation and access to education, financial institutions, and government services. Her visit occurred October 8-12, 2018.
Fall 2018 Theme: Bodies That Matter
Whether exploring the complex interactions of celestial forces or contemporary questions of social justice, scholars recognize that all bodies exist within broader systems that create parameters of possibility for their significance and action. Fundamental questions include, how do some bodies exert disproportionate force? How are bodies conceptualized differently in distinct contexts across the globe? What chain reactions in knowledge, power, or organization ensue when new bodies are introduced into existing systems? How do bodies transform their surrounding environments? And how can scholars stimulate recognition of overlooked, undervalued, or alienated bodies?