Between Virgin Mary and Jezebel - Sikivu Hutchinson

A special lecture on Humanism, gender politics, and racism.

The BC Humanist Association and UBC Freethinkers are proud to present a special lecture with American writer Sikivu Hutchinson.

According to an African proverb, “until the lion learns how to speak the hunter will always be a hero.” In the U.S., the right wing conservative backlash against social justice, abortion, family planning, undocumented immigrant rights, and ethnic studies tells the same old hunter’s tale of American “exceptionalism” under siege.  Much of this propaganda relies on racist stereotypes that criminalize communities of color, demonizes women of color and undermines their right to self-determination.  On the other hand, culturally relevant humanism challenges traditional Western notions of what it means to be human.  By building on the lived experiences, cultural knowledge, and social history of people of color it explicitly rejects colorblindness and myths of meritocracy.  This talk will explore how culturally relevant approaches to humanism can inform feminist pedagogy and youth leadership. 

Sikivu Hutchinson, Ph.D. is a senior intergroup specialist for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission and founder of the Women’s Leadership Project, a high school feminist mentoring program. She is the author of Imagining Transit: Race, Gender, and Transportation Politics in Los Angeles, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars and the forthcoming Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels. She is also the founder of Black Skeptics Los Angeles and a senior fellow with the Institute for Humanist Studies.

A RSVP reception will follow the lecture at Mahoney & Sons Public House.

Sikivu Hutchinson's Moral Combat will be our October Book Club.

September 29th, 2012 4:00 PM   through   6:00 PM
6174 University Boulevard
Wesbrook 100
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1

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