USC Upstate Welcomes Brittney Cooper as Guest Lecturer for Black Lives Matter Speaker Series, Thursday, Oct. 1

September 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

brittney-cooper_BWThe University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to welcome Dr. Brittney Cooper as a speaker in the Black Lives Matter Speaker Series “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” on Thursday, October 1.

Cooper will offer a lectured titled “#SayHerName: Toward a Gender-Inclusive Movement for Black Lives,” at 6 p.m. in the Sansbury Campus Life Ballroom.

Cooper, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University, will offer perspectives on the intersection of race and gender, noting especially the muted recognition of Black women victims of state violence.

Cooper is a 2009 alumna of the Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University, where she received her Ph.D. in American studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and political science from Howard University.

An $8,000 grant from The Humanities Council SC is assisting the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at USC Upstate in hosting the speaker series this fall. Faculty members in African American Studies, History and Sociology at USC Upstate have collaborated to make the series possible.

The event is free and open to the public.

To view the full schedule of speakers and topics for the Black Lives Speaker Series, please visit

For more information, contact Dr. Esther Godfrey, interim director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, at (864) 503-5602 or