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Upcoming Co-sponsored Event

"The History of White People and What it Means for Now" with Nell Irvin Painter

Friday, October 9, 2020, 4:30 – 6:30pm via Zoom

Nell Painter

Please join us for a Zoom talk with Nell Painter, author of The History of White People. Read more about Dr. Painter here:

Zoom link password: GSFS

Sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; Feminist Resource Center at Chellis House, Axinn Center for the Humanities, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity; Black Studies Program; Privilege and Poverty Academic Cluster, and the President’s Office.

If you are interested in joining our Zoom discussion group of Nell Painter’s book The History of White People on Friday, October 2 and November 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. and obtaining a free copy of the book, please contact
Victoria Luksch at

Zoom link  password: GSFS


Emily Bernard - “Black is the Body: Writing about Race in America”

March 5, 2020 at 4:30pm

Wilson Hall

Racial identity is a construction. But just because it is a fiction does not make it untrue. In this talk, Emily Bernard  discusses the complex and central role of storytelling as a source of power, meaning, and beauty in her life as a writer, reader, and scholar of African American experience.

Emily Bernard is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont.  In addition to Black is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine, her books include Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van VechtenSome of My Best Friends: Writings on Interracial Friendships, and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs.

To view a video recording of the event, go HERE.



Co-Director of the Axinn Center for the Humanities
Febe Armanios
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Co-Director of the Axinn Center for the Humanities
Marion Wells
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Coordinator for the Axinn Center for the Humanities
Mirjam Brett
Mahaney Arts Center
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