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2018-19 WILL*/WGSS Speaker Series

Art as Activism

Sonya Renee Taylor
The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
Monday, September 24
7pm, Alice Haynes Room 

Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company promoting radical self-love and body empowerment as a foundational tool for social justice and global transformation. Her work as an award-winning performance poet, activist, and transformational leader has global reach.


janaya khan
Demanding Social Transformation, Justice, and Equality for All
Thursday, October 25
7pm, Camp Concert Hall
One Book, One Richmond and UR Comes Out! 

janaya khan is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada and a leading voice in the global crusade for racial justice. khan uses their dedication and bold approach to social justice work to contribute to academic and frontline community dialogue, engaging audiences on the global impacts of the Black Lives Matter movement. janaya is currently the organization director of Gender Justice LA.


Favianna Rodriguez
Reclaiming the Radical Imagination
Tuesday, March 26
7pm, Brown-Alley Room

Favianna Rodriguez is a transdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. She firmly believes that social change cannot happen without centering art to inspire, educate, and spur the imagination beyond the realm of politics. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. 

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Speaker Series Sponsors

  • Westhampton College
  • Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Office of Common Ground
  • Lewis T. Booker Professorship in Religion and Ethics
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Jepson School of Leadership Studies
  • Office of the Chaplaincy
  • Gottwald Speakers Board/Center for Student Involvement
  • Cultural Affairs