The Clayton State University Office of Interdisciplinary Studies presents “A Teachable Moment: Africana Womanism and Womanism” with guest speaker Dr. Layli Maparyan from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 11 in Clayton Hall, room T100. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Maparyan is an associate professor of women’s studies and associated faculty of African American studies at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University in 1994, her M.S. in Psychology from Penn State University in 1991, and her B.A. from Spelman College, where she majored in Philosophy, in 1986. She is the editor of “The Womanist Reader” (Routledge, 2006), a comprehensive anthology documenting the first quarter century of womanist thought and the first-ever text to focus on womanism “on its own.”
Maparyan is currently completing a follow-up monograph entitled “The Womanist Idea.” From 1994-2000, she served as Founding Co-Director of the Womanist Studies Consortium, a Rockefeller Humanities Fellowships Residency Program, and Founding Co-Editor of the journal “The Womanist” (later “Womanist Theory & Research”).
In addition to researching womanism, Africana sexualities, and women and hip hop, Maparyan also conducts biographical research on Drs. Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark and writes on liberation psychology. Her research articles can be found in journals as diverse as “Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society,” “Sexuality and Culture,” “Women and Therapy,” “History of Psychology,” “The Journal of African American History,” “The Journal of African American Studies,” and “Identities,” as well as numerous edited volumes. She teaches courses in womanism, Black feminist thought, Africana queer studies, women and hip hop, and the U.S. Social Forum.
Maparyan is an active member of the National Women’s Studies Association and has served in numerous leadership roles, most notably Facilitatorship of the Women of Color Leadership Project from 2000-2005.
For more information on the speaker or to learn more about this event, please contact LaJuan Simpson, Director of the Clayton State University Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and associate professor of English, at (678) 466-4558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.