Learn how black women communists shaped thinking around current social injustices

Erik McDuffie headshotThe Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and the Social Justice Institute will welcome Erik S. McDuffie, associate professor of African-American studies at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, to campus this week.

During his talk, titled “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman,” McDuffie will examine how black women in the U.S. Communist Party of the Old Left period forged a radical black feminist praxis that challenged orthodox Marxist framings of capitalism through centering race and gender to their political thought and activism. These experiences provide important lessons for diagnosing current social injustices and for reimagining and building new societies locally and globally, McDuffie said.

McDuffie’s talk will be held Thursday, March 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309. For more information and to register, visit the event webpage.