Keynote Speakers

Friday, April 7th / 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee

Workshop: "Intersectionality, Assemblages, and Differences"

Keynote Address: "Equality in Action"

Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies at Appalachian State University. Dr. Chatterjee grew up India (Kolkata) in a diverse family with sisters, dogs, great food, lots of color and un-tinted exuberance.  She attended Presidency College in India and after completing her BA and MA there in Political Science, she earned her MA (Political Science) and dual PhD in Women’s Studies and Political Science from Pennsylvania State University. At Appalachian State University, Dr. Chatterjee teaches classes like Global Women’s Issues, Sex, Gender, Power, Decolonial Politics of Food, Ecofeminism, Sex and Empire, and other classes. She has published her research on feminist visual politics, political cartoons, postcolonial feminisms, and transnational studies. She is currently working on exciting research projects connected to food and animal studies through transnational prisms and political cartoons. Committed to questions of inclusion and social justice, Dr. Chatterjee emphasizes the need to work with theory and praxis as processes of learning committed to constant endeavors in affirming and recognizing differences.  


Saturday, April 8th / 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Dr. Jamila Lyiscott

Workshop: "Community Culture Circles: From Critical Analysis to Social Action"

Keynote Address: "How Broken English Made Me Whole: The Politics of Race and Language"

Jamila Lyiscott is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at TC, Columbia University within the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) where her research and praxis focus on the intersections of race, education, and social justice. The recently awarded Cultivating New Voices among scholars of color fellow also serves a teacher educator, spoken word artist, community organizer, consultant and motivational speaker locally and internationally. Her scholarship and activism work together to prepare educators to sustain diversity in the classroom, empower youth, and explore, assert, and defend the value of Black life. As a testament to her commitment to educational justice for students of color, Jamila is the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research, and advocacy program, apprenticing inner-city youth, incarcerated youth, and pre-service educators as critical social researchers through hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy. She is currently preparing a book manuscript about her work within Predominantly White Institutions across the nation, helping educators to confront white privilege within and beyond the classroom.Jamila was featured on where her video, “3 Ways to Speak English,” was viewed over 3 million times.

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Office of Multicultural Student Development

Suite 255, Plemmons Student Union
263 Locust Street
Boone, NC 28608

Central Office Hours:
M-F: 8am - 5pm

Phone: (828) 262-6158
Fax: (828) 262-6155

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