The English Department is pleased to announce the 2015 Leonora Woodman Memorial Lecture (in conjunction with the Harriet Jacobs Lecture Series) will be presented on March 26, 2015, 4 pm, Stewart Center 310. This year's guest speaker is Dr. Ayesha K. Hardison.
Dr. Ayesha K. Hardison is an associate professor of English at Ohio University. In Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature, Hardison examines African American literature and its representation of black women during the decades of the 1940s and 1950s. Shifting the focus toward lesser-known black authors and their works, Hardison maps the contours of the literary movement to address the effects of “Jane Crow,” the interconnected racial, gender, and sexual oppression that black women experienced. Her research interests include African American literature, cultural history and theory, critical race theory, and gender and sexuality studies. This event is co-sponsored by African American Studies.