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Prof. Cohen of the University of Chicago discusses the racial politics of prop 8 and marriage equality, as well as the radical potential of intersectional politics.
Cathy J. Cohen is David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. She is the author of the groundbreaking study The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (1999), the co-editor of Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (1997), and the author of articles in American Political Science Review, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, NOMOS, and Social Text. Her forthcoming book, Black Youth, Democracy, and Revolution, is based on her multi-year Ford Foundation-funded Black Youth Project. A leading figure in LGBT studies, critical race studies, feminist politics, and HIV/AIDS prevention, Cohen has been a powerful voice for the most marginalized members of our society. She was a founding member of Black AIDS Mobilization (BAM!); one of the core organizers of the international conference Black Nations / Queer Nations, held in New York in 1995; and a founding board member and former co-chair of the Audre Lorde Project. She teaches at the University of Chicago, where she is the Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture.
Generous co-sponsors include: Berkeley Diversity Research Initiative, the Institute for Governmental Studies Colloquium on Race, Ethnicity, & Immigration, Gender Equity Resource Center, and African American Studies