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Two Icons lecture: #HappinessisPolitical: Black Women, Diasporic Heart, and Journey of Emotional Wellness

The annual Two Icons lecture is hosted annually by the Susan B. Anthony Institute and the Frederick Douglass Institute and explores intersections of race and gender. The 2018 lecture will be held on Sept 20, 2018 by Bianca Williams, associate professor of Anthropology at CUNY. Her talk is entitled "#HappinessisPolitical: Black Women, Diasporic Heart, and the Journey of Emotional Wellness.” 

The talk will be followed by a reception with refreshments, and Williams' book, "The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism" (Duke University Press, 2018), will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in Library Lot.

Williams, a black feminist cultural anthropologist, studies topics related to race, gender, and activism, including black feminist leadership and pedagogy, most recently in the Black Lives Matter movement. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism (Duke University Press, 2018). She was previously an associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she received the 2016 American Anthropological Association and Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Rush Rhees Library, Welles-Brown Room
755 Library Road, Rochester, NY 14626

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


General Public, Faculty, Students, Staff


diversity, Anthropology, humanities



Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies



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