Fri 4th – Lyn Mikel Brown

Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D. is a community activist and Professor of Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colby College. She is co-creator of the nonprofit Hardy Girls Healthy Women (hghw.org), where she develops feminist programs and materials that scaffold girls’ activism and social change work. She is founder of the girl-driven online media literacy and activism campaign, Powered By Girl or PBG (http://poweredbygirl.org/).

Dr. Brown’s scholarship and writing focuses on understanding the conditions that enable girls’ healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. She the author of six curriculums and five books, including Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development (with Carol Gilligan; a New York Times Notable Book of the Year); Raising Their Voices: The Politics of Girls’ Anger; Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection Among Girls; and Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketers’ Schemes (with Sharon Lamb; winner of a Books For A Better Life Award). She is currently writing a book about partnering with girls and scaffolding girl-fueled activism.

In 2010, Dr. Brown and Hunter College Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology, Dr. Deborah Tolman, initiated SPARK Movement (sparkmovement.org), a growing and diverse coalition of girls, thought leaders, researchers, and partner organizations united in their determination to challenge the sexualization of girls and demand girls’ rights to embodiment and healthy sexuality.

You can read more about Dr. Brown’s work at: http://web.colby.edu/lynmikelbrown/

Sat 5th – Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker is an award-winning author and lecturer based in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on intergenerational feminism(s), emerging masculinities, the role of bisexuality in LGBTQ communities, the evolution of multiracial identity in contemporary global discourse, the power of intercultural and interracial relationships, and the critical importance of mental health. Walker is one of the main proponents of Third Wave feminism(s), and the co-founder of Third Wave Foundation, an activist philanthropic organization supporting the empowerment of women and transgender youth aged 15-30. Upon publication of her first book To Be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism, Time Magazine named her one of the most influential leaders under forty in the United States.

Walker’s second book, Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, was an international bestseller, and her 2007 memoir, Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence sparked productive controversy about the role of motherhood within feminism(s) in both academia and the mainstream media. Her collection, One Big Happy Family, explores the explosion of non-traditional family configurations in the US, and includes perspectives on polyamory, transracial adoption, house-husbandry, and single motherhood, and her most recent collection, Black Cool, looks at the roots of the Afro-Atlantic aesthetic as a location for the empowerment of communities of color. Her most recent work, a novel, Adé: A Love Story, about a privileged American woman who falls in love with a Swahili fisherman off the coast of Kenya in the middle of the country’s civil war, is currently being adapted for film with Madonna attached to direct.

Walker has lectured at over 400 universities, conferences, and corporate campuses globally, including Yale, Harvard, MIT, Out and Equal, JP Morgan Chase, and Facebook, and teaches seminars on creative non-fiction and the art of memoir at universities and private workshops around the world. She recently wrote on the Amazon Prime series based on the life of lesbian comedian Tig Notaro, and made a cameo on the cultural phenomenon that is TRANSPARENT. She holds a BA from Yale University, an MFA from Spalding University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Read more about Rebecca Walker at http://www.rebeccawalker.com/about