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Qwo-Li Driskill to address 24th annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium

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Qwo-Li Driskill

Qwo-Li Driskill will be the featured speaker of the 24th annual Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium on Friday, March 22.

Driskill, an associate professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, will give an address titled “Performing Revolution, Scholarship, and Decolonial Practice” at 1:15 p.m. in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

Co-founder and member of the Indigenous People’s Interest Group for the National Women’s Studies Association, Driskill has been honored several times for their non-fiction and trans and gender-variant literature. They are also the director of Graduate Studies and Queer Studies, and an affiliate faculty with Ethnic Studies, Public Policy and Social Justice.

The symposium showcases the scholarship being done by students at Illinois State University and neighboring institutions. The event is free and open to the public. The symposium, much like the women’s and gender studies discipline, is committed to a transformative analysis of gender as it intersects with class/caste, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, age, coloniality, and transnationality. More information on the symposium can be found at the Women’s and Gender Studies website.

The Illinois State University Speaker Series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process.

This program supports the Core Values of the University’s strategic plan.

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