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Three-day conference focuses on unique lesbian, queer, and gender-nonconforming histories Vassar, November 3-5, 2011.

“Smashing History: 150 Years of LGBTIQA Vassar,” a three-day conference that celebrates the accomplishments of prominent Vassar alumnae/i who have distinguished themselves in service to LGBTIQA communities and seeks to inspire participants to take action for the future, will be held from Thursday, November 3, through Saturday, November 5. The conference will feature panels, lectures, workshops, exhibits, and performances.


LECTURE: Andrea Smith, Decolonizing the Anti-Violence Movement

While the anti-violence movement has made progress in bringing to public attention the issues of domestic and sexual violence, it has also become increasingly complicit in state violence through its reliance on the criminal justice system. Consequently, it has often inadvertently increased violence in the lives of many women, particularly women of color. This talk will address the strategies adopted by women of color and indigenous women to decolonize the anti-violence by addressing the intersections of state violence and gender violence.

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