A teach-in event featuring a panel presentation and town hall-style discussion titled "Violent Intersections: Women of Color in the Age of Trump," will focus on violence against women of color both before and since the presidential inauguration.
Panelists include Asma Afsaruddin, an IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Kali Gross, a professor of African-American studies at Wesleyan University; and Evelyn Smith, community outreach coordinator for Bloomington’s Middle Way House, which offers programs and services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
Afsaruddin will discuss Islamophobia and gendered violence against Muslim women. Gross, a historian, will focus on black and Latino women and state-sanctioned violence from a national perspective. Smith will tackle intimate-partner and domestic violence in Monroe County, with an emphasis on women of color.
The discussion will be moderated by Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, IU Bloomington Ruth N. Halls associate professor of history and gender studies. Myers previously organized a 2015 teach-in and justice fair at IU Bloomington called "It’s Not So Black and White: Talking Race from Ferguson to Bloomington," about 2014 police shootings that sparked nationwide protests.