Women’s Month: Sojourner Truth, ‘Framing Ferguson’

Scholar and author Jennifer Harvey discusses “Framing Ferguson” on March 21, while actress Kathryn Woods portrays Sojourner Truth on March 23.

Recreating the life of famous abolitionist, feminist and escaped slave Sojourner Truth, actress Kathryn Woods memorializes one of the most significant and inspiring figures in American history through song and story.

Woods will visit Alma College to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 in the Remick Heritage Center. Attendance to this Women’s Month keynote event is free and open to the public.

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Other scheduled Women’s Month events include a talk by visiting scholar and author Jennifer Harvey on “Framing Ferguson: Religious Faith, Racial Politics and Holy Fire” and a women’s and gender studies student symposium.

“Women’s Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women that might normally fly under the radar of standard historical narratives or artistic and political discussions,” says Kathryn Blanchard, associate professor of religious studies at Alma College.

“These events can be eye-opening and consciousness-raising,” says Blanchard. “College is a time when students are exposed to ideas they haven’t encountered before.”

March 23 — Sojourner Truth: ‘A Woman, Ain’t I?’

Actress Kathryn Woods uses Sojourner Truth’s own words and the spiritual music she may have sung to recreate the life of the former slave. Woods’ credits include performances with Theatreworks, People’s Theatre and the Underground Railway Theatre.

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) was sold into slavery in Hurley, N.Y., as Isabella Baumfree. During her 29 years as a slave, she developed a close relationship with God that enabled her, in 1843, to rename herself Sojourner Truth and walk away from slavery. Joining other notable abolitionists, she became a powerful speaker against slavery and for the rights of women.

March 21 — Jennifer Harvey: ‘Framing Ferguson’

Jennifer Harvey, professor of religion at Drake University, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 21 in the Dow Science Center Room L4. Her most recent book, Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation, has led to her engagement as a speaker and workshop leader with faith communities and academic audiences around the nation.

She also is author of Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial Justice through Reparations and Sovereignty and co-editor of Disrupting White Supremacy: White People on What We need To Do. Her recent publications include work on contemporary reparations movements in Protestant traditions. She has a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics from Union Theological Seminary.

March 31 — Student Symposium

A Women and Gender Studies symposium featuring student posters and walk-through displays begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31 in the Hamilton Commons Thistle Room at Alma College. Admission is free and open to the public.

Story published on March 02, 2016