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ATLANTA (Feb. 19, 2015) -- Spelman College will explore “The Sexual Economy of Slavery,” as part of “Stop Telling Stories: A Year of Speaking,” the theme for the 2014-2015 Spelman College Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture and Performance Series. This event features T. Lang, assistant professor of dance and director of Spelman Dance Theater, and Adrienne Davis, the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and vice provost at Washington University in St. Louis.

Lang and Davis will engage in a cross-disciplinary examination of Black women’s bodies, labor and representation as part of a year of exploration of the art and methodology of storytelling and "speaking."

As founder and artistic director of T. Lang Dance, Lang has invited audiences to explore the complex issues of Black women’s sexuality, bodies and representation. The award-winning choreography of the former Metropolitan Opera Ballet dancer has been performed in numerous venues including the Kennedy Center, the Alliance Theatre and at the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Davis is renowned for her scholarship and teaching on gender and race relations; theories of justice and reparations; feminist legal theory; and law and popular culture. She has written extensively on the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery and is the co-editor of the book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her lecture will be based on the article, “Don’t Let Nobody Bother Yo’ Principle: The Sexual Economy of American Slavery.”

The lecture and performance series is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
7 p.m.

Spelman College
NASA Auditorium, Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

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Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; former Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit

About The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture and Performance Series
The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Distinguished Lecture and Performance Series is coordinated by Mona T. Phillips, professor in the department of sociology and anthropology, and is housed in the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program (director, Cynthia Neal Spence, Ph.D., C’78).  Supported by President Beverly Daniel Tatum and the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation to promote interdisciplinarity as a core value of the College, the series is named for Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931), who used multiple analytical languages to confront the politics of the Black body as well as the complexities of full citizenship for Black women and men. Each year’s theme not only provides an intellectual umbrella for the lectures and performances, but for readings, events, panels and discussion groups throughout the year. Past lecturers in the series include professors Melissa Harris-Perry (Wake Forest University), Angela Davis (University of California, Santa Cruz), Evelynn Hammonds (Harvard University), Kimberle Crenshaw (UCLA) and Dorothy Roberts (University of Pennsylvania).


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