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Wednesday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Intersectionality: How the Definition Has Evolved and How Libraries Can Support the Conversation

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"What is intersectionality? Who does it apply to? What does it mean in today’s rapidly globalizing society? How can we make a difference through our jobs and actions? How can we help others learn about it?

The term intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in her 1989 essay, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics.” Intersectionality is defined as the way different forms of discrimination overlap, combine, and intersect, especially as it applies to marginalized groups. It generally refers to sexism, racism, and classism, but the meaning has evolved since it was introduced, encompassing sexual orientation, religion, age, disability (or differently abled, if you will), and even region (West vs. non-West, for example).

In this session, we will explore what intersectionality is, and who it affects. We will discuss how the term has changed over time to encompass a variety of overlapping discriminatory practices affecting marginalized groups. Our speakers will talk about how they have worked to educate others about discrimination through their own programs, teaching, and actions. They will cover areas, such as research methodology, critical information literacy, and how intersectionality has been applied to library science, specifically within scholarly conversations. We will also explore ways libraries can take part in the conversation by offering resources and programming that support research and inquiry. Audience participation and sharing of experience will be encouraged as a broad array of perspectives will spur dialogue and help foster ideas."

Link to SLIDES: http://bit.ly/intersectionality_libraries 

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Sara Howard

Librarian for Gender & Sexuality Studies and Student Engagement, Princeton University

Sharon Ladenson

Gender and Communication Studies Librarian, Michigan State University
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Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz

Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library, City University of New York
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Philip Virta

Senior Acquisitions Editor, Gale, a Cengage cpmpany
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