Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

Angela Davis on Activism, Writing and Politics

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Activist and scholar Angela Davis, who has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice for decades, speaks with Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Dean’s Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations at USC, on the various intersections of activism, feminism, prison abolition, politics, writing and more. The two also touch on the current issues facing intersectionality, mass incarceration and gender violence.

This discussion is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and co-sponsored by the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs, the Black Student Assembly, the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment and Brothers Breaking Bread.

Who Will Benefit

– Those hoping to further understand the negative consequences of living in a capitalist system
– Activists seeking insight on the current and future challenges facing society
– Those looking to identify the repressive institutions that society relies on to guarantee safety, health and security

About Our Featured Faculty

Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is Dean’s Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. She is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world’s leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written numerous articles and three books on the intersections of categories of difference like race, gender, class, sexuality and citizenship and their impact on policy: the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the Welfare Queen (2004), Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) and Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016). The applied forms of her research focus on diverse donors in philanthropy, partnerships between funders and nonprofits for social change, and cross-sector training of leaders to implement intersectionality. In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, Hancock Alfaro conducted the original survey research and designed the business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association. The only women’s professional basketball league to succeed in the United States, the WNBA began its 21st season in May 2017. She sits on four boards: the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), Community Partners, LAAWPPI, and Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Political Empowerment (SCOPE-LA). Her current work includes new research projects on asylum requests for survivors of domestic violence, empirical applications of intersectionality and the free speech-hate speech debate.