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Harris.jpgGenCen Colloquia Presentation: Black Women & Police Brutality during the 1980s

Friday, February 16 - 1:30-3:00PM - 303 International Center

On October 29, 1984, New York Police Department (NYPD) brutally shot and killed sixty-six-year-old grandmother Eleanor Gray Bumpurs in her public housing apartment. Her death, symbolizing a powerful parable about systematic police violence against African Americans and Hispanics, was and continues to be one New York City’s most recognized yet understudied police brutality cases of the 1980s. This presentation recovers the personal life of Bumpurs from historical obscurity, moving beyond her tragic death and departing from historical and disability and legal studies that primarily focus on her killing and 1987 trial of the police officer accused of shooting her. Snapshots of Bumpurs’ less familiar life as an urban migrant reveal her socioeconomic struggles and vulnerabilities, her encounters with carceral institutions, her visions for herself and family, her pleasure politics, and her familial relationships. Moreover, Bumpurs’ less familiar narrative serves as an entry point into the understudied socioeconomic and private lives of late twentieth century working poor black women, and different way in which varying socioeconomic and political structures and institutions, those deeply rooted in race, gender, and class oppression, worked to deny African American women citizenship rights, protection, and human dignity.  

LaShawn Harris is an Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is the author of Sex Workers, Psychics, and Numbers Runners: Black Women in New York City’s Underground Economy (University of Illinois Press, 2016). In 2017, Sex Workers, Psychics, & Numbers Runners was awarded two book prizes: The Organization of American Historians (OAH) Darlene Clark Hine Award for the best book in African American women’s and gender history, and the Labor and Working-Class History (LAWCHA) and Cornell IRL School’s Philip Taft Labor Prize for the best book on working-class history. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of African American History, Journal of Social History, Journal of Urban History, and African American History Intellectual Society’s (AAHIS) online blog Black Perspectives. Her current research focuses on police brutality in New York City during the 1980s. 


Georgiann Davis talk flyer.jpgIntersex and the Power in a Name with Dr. Georgiann Davis
Thursday, November 22- 1:30pm - 303 International Center

In 2006 the American Academy of Pediatrics officially renamed “intersex” a “disorder of sex development,” DSD). Based on interviews with intersex people, their parents, and medical providers, I will show how DSD terminology allowed doctors to reclaim jurisdiction over the intersex body which was in jeopardy due to 1990s intersex activism that challenged medical authority. Today, DSD remains hotly contested throughout the intersex community, yet it has been widely implemented in virtually all corners of the medical profession. Davis will describe how intersex people navigate their lives, specifically their relationships with family members
and medical providers. She will also highlight current movement strategies that fuel contemporary intersex activism. The talk will include suggestions for how to be a good ally to intersex people.

Georgiann Davis, PhD, is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and teaching is at the intersection of sociology of diagnosis and feminist theories. Davis is widely published, including the award-winning book Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (NYU Press, 2015). She is the current board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017-present), and the former president of the AIS-DSD Support Group.

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Gender in Global Context, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, the Department of Sociology, the Department of History, the College of Social Science, and the LBGT Resource Center.

Georgiann Davis Undergrad lunch.jpgGenCen will also be hosting a lunch with Dr. Davis for undergraduate students prior to her public talk.  Please see the flyer for more details, PDF available here.  Interested students to RSVP to gencen(at) by February 19.  Lunch will be provided by GenCen. 

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