Book Talk — Radicalism at the Crossroads:  African American Women Activists in the Cold War

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Public Affairs 5391

Radicalism at the Crossroads Book Cover

Presented by Dayo Gore, UC San Diego

Discussant: Sarah Haley, UC Los Angeles, Gender Studies


About the Speakers:

Dayo Gore

Dayo F. Gore is an Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department and Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in History from New York University and has previously taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Professor Gore’s research interests include Black Women’s Intellectual History; U.S. Political and Cultural Activism; African Diasporic Politics; and Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. She is the author of Radicalism at the Crossroads: African American Women Activists in the Cold War (which is just out in paperback) and editor of Want to Start of Revolution: Radical Women in the Black Freedom Struggle.  Professor Gore’s work has been supported by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, and the Tamiment Library’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. Her current research projects include a study of African American women’s transnational travels and activism in the long Twentieth Century.


Sarah HaleySarah received her PhD in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale University in 2010 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University's Center for African American Studies from 2010-2011. Over the past several years she has also worked in the labor movement, organizing in the academic and hospitality sectors. Sarah began her position as Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Ralph J. Bunche Center Faculty Associate in Fall 2011. Sarah is currently writing a book entitled Engendering Captivity: Black Women and Punishment in Georgia After the Civil War, which examines the lives of imprisoned women in the U.S. South in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study examines regimes of gendered racial terror, the construction and development of racialized gender categories, and individual and collective resistance practices. This manuscript expands the research and analysis of her dissertation, which was awarded the 2010 Lerner-Scott Dissertation Prize in U.S. Women's History from the Organization of American Historians. Sarah's research interests include black feminist theory, African American and Women's history, labor and working-class studies, and critical carceral studies. This year, she will teach courses on black women's history and the United States carceral system.


About the Book:

In this exciting work of historical recovery, Dayo F. Gore unearths and examines a dynamic, extended network of black radical women during the early Cold War, including established Communist Party activists such as Claudia Jones, artists and writers such as Beulah Richardson, and lesser known organizers such as Vicki Garvin and Thelma Dale. These women were part of a black left that laid much of the groundwork for both the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and later strains of black radicalism. Radicalism at the Crossroads offers a sustained and in-depth analysis of the political thought and activism of black women radicals during the Cold War period and adds a new dimension to our understanding of this tumultuous time in United States history.

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This event is cosponsored by the UCLA Department of Gender Studies, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the UCLA Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American STudies, the UCLA Department of History, and Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair