Civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw to speak at the UvA

As CDO team we are honored to co-host Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw at the University of Amsterdam on June 11, 2019.


Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics 2016-2018. Crenshaw will be speaking at a special event at the University of Amsterdam on Tuesday 11 June from 15:00-17:00 at the Roeterseiland campus. She is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law.

The Amsterdam Law School and the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Team of the UvA are sponsoring the event, which will take place in Building C, Room C 1.03.


Programme 11 June & About Crenshaw

Crenshaw will speak on her groundbreaking and globally influential work on intersectionality– a term she coined in the 1980s. It captures the ways in which multiple forms of discrimination compound in the lives of women at the intersections of systems of subordination. Following,  Crenshaw will be interviewed by Dr. Lyn K.L. Tjon Soei Len, Chair of the Board of Bureau Clara Wichmann, Assistant Professor and Diversity Scholar at Ohio State University, and an affiliated legal scholar at the Amsterdam Law School. The interview will focus on the significance of intersectionality for feminist activism, legal thought, and efforts towards diversity, inclusion and equity. Questions from the audience will be welcome during the last half hour of the event.

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Seating in the first row will be reserved for attendees with vision, hearing and/or mobility impairments.

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has lectured widely on race matters, addressing audiences across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa and South America.

Intersectionality, gender and race equality

Crenshaw has worked extensively on a variety of issues pertaining to gender and race in the domestic arena, including violence against women, structural racial inequality, and affirmative action. A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her groundbreaking work on “Intersectionality” has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.

In 1996, Crenshaw co-founded the African American Policy Forum, a gender and racial justice legal think tank, which houses a variety of projects designed to deliver research-based strategies to better advance social inclusion.  In 2011, Crenshaw founded the Center for Intersectionality & Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, which aims to foster critical examination of how social structures and related identity categories such as gender, race, and class interact on multiple levels, resulting in social inequality. She is a leading voice in calling for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice interventions, having spearheaded the Why We Can’t Wait Campaign and co-authored Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.

Kimberlé Crenshaw’s TED talk: The urgency of intersectionality

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