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Cross Talk: A Multicultural Feminist Symposium: Imagining Alliances

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Cross Talk: A Multicultural Feminist Symposium: Imagining Alliances

June 6 1993

Cross Talk: A Multicultural Feminist Symposium addressed the entangled questions of race, gender and sexuality, and brought together a wide range of activists, artists, and cultural critics who energetically fought against racism and sexism in cultural institutions, educational programs, medical practices, and the legal system. Rather than recreate a set of neat oppositions–black versus white, Latino versus Anglo – Cross Talk charted the overlapping and contradictory worlds inhabited by diverse communities.1

The final panel - Imagining Alliances - explored how “Women of color have experienced a ‘double colonization,’ but have also experienced this doubleness diversely."  And asked, "How can a framework be established for feminisms that cut across cultural and community boundaries without erasing differences or recreating restrictive understandings of them? How do we negotiate the spaces between the pervasive and constantly changing forms of racism and sexism? How can coalitions be built among all anti-racist feminists?”2

Panelists included:
Inderpal Grewal: South Asian activist and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at San Francisco State University.
Rabab Abdul-Hadi: member of the National Executive Committee, Union of Palestinian Women’s Organizations in North America, and board member, New York Civil Liberties Union.
M. Annette Jaimes: writer and teacher in American Indian Studies, Native-American gender issues, and Federal Indian Policy.
Caren Kaplan: Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley.
Wahneema Lubiano: Assistant Professor of English and Afro-American Studies at  Princeton University

Moderator: Chandra Talpade Mohanty, intellectual worker who teaches feminist, anti-racist, and post-colonial studies at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York.