|COMMEMORATING THE IMPORTANCE OF |
WEAD MEMBERS AND WOMEN’S ART HISTORYLesson on Harriet Tubman by Janell Hobson, directed by Yan Dan Wong.March is U.S. Women’s History Month. WEAD joins with The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and Holocaust Memorial Museum to commemorate and encourage the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
These goals mirror WEAD’s global mission statement: to educate others, to promote, network and support all women artists working with critical issues of eco and social justice.
Beyond March WEAD will continue to mark 2020 as Women’s Year—especially noting the U.S. 100th anniversary of achieving Women right to vote. Let’s celebrate 2020 as Women’s Decade, and beyond, Women’s Century.
The future is ours to shape, but the historical work that has come before functions as our foundation. To properly commemorate our past, present and future histories, WEAD here spotlights 10 members’ work, one per day for the next 10 days.ARTIST NO. 3
scholar, writer, educator, critic
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture , Janelle Hobson, 2nd edition 2018.Janell Hobson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany. She joined the core faculty shortly after receiving her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at Emory University. Hobson has since devoted her research, teaching, and service to multiracial and transnational feminist issues in the discipline.
Hobson is the author of Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture (Routledge, 2005, second edition, 2018) and Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender (SUNY Press, 2012). She has also edited the volume Are All the Women Still White? Rethinking Race, Expanding Feminisms (SUNY Press, 2016). She is a contributing writer to Ms. Magazine and its blog, as well as other online pages, including the African American Intellectual History blog and The Feminist Wire. She also guest edited special volumes on Harriet Tubman and slavery in popular culture. She is currently writing a book on the intersections of black women’s histories and popular culture. Overall, Hobson uses a transnational lens to highlight women’s iconography and experiences in the African Diaspora.
Apart from teaching diverse courses on intersections of race, class, gender, media, popular culture, and feminist theory, Hobson engages in digital projects with her students. – University of Albany website.
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