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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Oppression and Resistance

This paper reads the political essays of Audre Lorde against Zora Neale Hurstonís "Their Eyes Were Watching God" to highlight connections between the authorís representations of oppression and political and social voice. Looking at these writers alongside each other helps us to better define forms of oppression, particularly black womenís oppression, in the United States. It also allows us to see the ways in which education can function as a way of both resisting and reinforcing oppression, and ways of rethinking education as a weapon against womenís oppression.

Presenter: Elisabeth Torres (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)