Living Thinkers: Resisting Bias, Building Resilience

The USFA Committee on Women’s Issues invites you to attend a film screening and panel discussion of Living Thinkers: An Autobiography of Black Women in the Ivory Tower, a film by Roxana Walker-Canton.

Tuesday, October 6th
Neatby-Timlin Theatre (Arts 241)
Doors open at 3:30 pm

This film examines the intersection of race, class and gender for Black women professors and administrators working in U.S. colleges and universities today. Through their diverse narratives, from girlhood to the present, Black women from different disciplines share experiences that have shaped them, including segregated schooling as children, and the trials, disappointments and triumphs encountered in academia. Even though it focuses specifically on the experiences of African American women in the U.S. academy, the film provides an opportunity to open discussions of the ways that women, and indeed, any group that has been marginalized in the academy, navigates structural biases that range from comments ‘in the elevator’ or meeting, to overwork – in efforts to address under-represented voices and perspectives, to few role models in leadership roles.

Alexandria Wilson, Education Foundations, College of Education
Yelena Bird, School of Public Health
Caroline Tait, Psychiatry, College of Medicine

Film trailer: