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On being first

September 22, 2017

Scholar Moya Bailey will be speaking at the inaugural Ousley Residency

On Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Moore Lounge, the Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness will host the first panel of this semester’s #GetWoke: Organizing and Activism during 45 series panel, “On Being the First.” This event also serves as the keynote for the inaugural Ousley Scholar- in-Residence.

The Ousley residency honors the legacy of Grace Ousley, the first black woman to graduate from Beloit College in 1904. Each year, the program will feature a junior scholar/activist/organizer/intellectual who is committed to the theory and practice of social justice. They should embody the “academic hustler” who fights for social justice in all aspects of their work. Up first is Moya Bailey.

Bailey talk will start this conversation off by examining what it means to be the first in her own life and in the lives of prominent Black women. She complicates the celebration of the first by weaving in the silent struggle and hardship of being first, tackling the misogynoir that hides in the shadow of success. Her work focuses on marginalized groups’ use of digital media to promote social justice as acts of self-affirmation and health promotion. She is interested in how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She curates the #transformDH Tumblr initiative in Digital Humanities and is the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network. She is an assistant professor at Northeastern University in the department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies, and the program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

OADI is focused on showing how we understand the relationship between theory and practice. This is why Nicole Truesdell, senior director of OADI, created the open source syllabus to accompany the #GetWoke series this year. Nicole "created this syllabus as a way for others to enter into the conversation of why we are seeing a rise in public protests in the last few years, and give resources to understand why we are at this moment in the U.S.”

She encourages the community to put liberal arts into practice by utilizing open source syllabi.

"The community should use the readings and soundtracks to engage in critical questions around systems of oppression, white supremacy, race and racism, citizenship, and access to rights," says Nicole.