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P. Gabrielle Foreman
"Activating the Archive: Undergraduate Research, Community Partnerships and Recovering Black Women Writers"

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On Tuesday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m., the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a lecture by P. Gabrielle Foreman, PhD titled "Activating the Archive: Undergraduate Research, Community Partnerships and Recovering Black Women Writers."

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"Activating the Archive: Undergraduate Research, Community Partnerships and Recovering Black Women Writers." Tuesday, September 21st at 5:30 p.m., Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

Foreman is Professor of English and American Studies at Occidental College where she teaches African American and American literature and culture as well as issues of social justice. She is the author of more than a dozen essays and three books and editions including Activist Sentiments: Reading Black Women in the Nineteenth Century. In her Penguin Classic's reissue of Harriet Wilson's Our Nig or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, Foreman and her co-editor "managed to pick up one of the coldest trails in 19th century African American studies," according to her reviews. She is currently at work on a project entitled Disruptive Narratives: Harriet Wilson and the Politics of Place, Race and Religion.

With young activists and partners from the non-profit sector, Foreman co-founded Action for Social Change and Youth Empowerment while she was a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. This organization works to place young activists on boards of directors and provides training and support to help build cohesive groups of youth leaders to work across issue areas, race, and the geographical divide of Southern California. She continues to work with L.A. community-based organizations on the issue of sustainable community and academic partnerships. Foreman also engages undergraduate students in her research in the historical archives.

With young activists and partners from the non-profit sector, Foreman co-founded Action for Social Change and Youth Empowerment.

Foreman graduated from Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, and received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Ethnic Studies. She has received Occidental College's most prestigious faculty awards for both her teaching and her scholarship. She has served at Bowdoin College as Visiting Distinguished Professor of Africana Studies and will soon join the faculty at the University of Delaware as the Ned B. Allen Professor of English.

Her lecture will focus on her work to recover the voices of African American women writers from the nineteenth century. A reception and book signing will follow the event. For more information please visit the events page.

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Retention and Recognition Committee, Center for Educational Excellence, Center for Inclusion and Diversity, Center for Community Service Learning, Department of English, Department of Ethnic Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, Department of Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies.