A look ‘Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women’


Please note corrected date to Sunday August 2

Join all four editors of the new book “Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women” for a panel discussion on Sunday, August 2, at 7 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theater in Vineyard Haven, sponsored by the Vineyard Haven library. Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage will provide insight into their recent collaboration, and the thought-provoking panel will be moderated by Evelyn Higginbotham.

According to a press release, despite recent advances in the study of black thought, black women intellectuals remain often neglected in both scholarly and popular histories. “Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women” is a collection of essays by 15 scholars of history and literature that establishes black women’s places in intellectual history by engaging the work of writers, educators, activists, religious leaders, and social reformers in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The editors of the book and the panel’s moderator will contribute to a stimulating discussion: Moderator Evelyn Higginbotham is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University; Mia E. Bay is professor of history and director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University; Farah J. Griffin is William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American studies at Columbia University; Martha S. Jones is associate chair of the department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History and Afroamerican and African Studies, and a member of the Law School’s Affiliated LSA Faculty at the University of Michigan; and Barbara D. Savage is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American social thought and Africana studies at the University of Pennsylvania.