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Scholar and social activist Barbara Ransby will present a lecture on social justice and freedom-making in the 21st Century Sept. 13 in the Villard Room in Main Building on the Vassar campus.

University of Illinois-Chicago Prof. Barbara Ransby will deliver a lecture on social justice Sept. 13 on the Vassar College campus. The event, part of Vassar’s “Social Justice in Question” series, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Villard Room on the second floor of Main Building. The event is sponsored by the Dean of Faculty, and the public is invited to attend.

The title of Ransby’s lecture is “Social Justice and Freedom-making in the 21st Century: Lessons from Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker and the Black Lives Matter Movement.”

Ransby is a Distinguished Professor in the Departments of African-American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies and History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She also directs the college’s Social Justice Initiative, which promotes connections between academics and community organizers. Her most recent book, Making All Black Lives Matter: Re-imagining Freedom in the 21st Century, was published this summer by the University of California Press.

Ransby has worked closely with such organizations as Operation PUSH, Chicago Freedom School, the Village Leadership Academy, Prison Neighborhood Art Project, the Latino Union and the Black Youth Project.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, August 22, 2018