Who needs feminism?

October 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

Rachel Seidman 2011In the spring of 2012, frustrated by anti-feminism on campus, sixteen Duke University students asked, “Who Needs Feminism?” To their surprise, the world answered them.

In this lecture, to be held Nov. 14 from 1:40 – 2:55 p.m. in the CLC Ballroom, Professor Rachel Seidman will discuss what her students learned when the class’s final project exploded into a worldwide internet phenomenon. She will share how Who Needs Feminism continues to grow into a student-led movement for feminist dialogue and action, and the opportunities and challenges that poses. Seidman will address how social media and digital technologies are shifting the way we teach and engage with the wider public, and the implications they have for the feminist movement in the 21st century.

In spring 2013, USC Upstate participated in the project by having students and faculty photographed holding up signs explaining why they need feminism. This lecture by Seidman will be the culminating event in the We Need Feminism at Upstate project. Rachel Seidman holds a B.A. with highest honors from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in history from Yale University. Seidman is a specialist in U.S. women’s history, with an interest in connecting history to current concerns through civic engagement and community-based research. She co-founded and directed “The Moxie Project: Women and Leadership for Social Change.”

Be sure to stick around after the presentation to make a sign and to be photographed by campus photographer Les Duggins. All photos will be included in our “Who Needs Feminism” flickr stream and possibly the permanent exhibit in the CASB hallway.

For more information, contact Lisa Johnson at 864-503-5724 or mjohnson@uscupstate.edu.