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Acting Across Borders: Celebrating the Meredith Tax Papers

Date: Friday, April 13- Saturday, April 14, 2012
Location: Friday: White Lecture Hall, East Campus; Saturday: Gothic Reading Room, Perkins Library
Registration  and Schedule:
Contact Information: Kelly Wooten, (919) 660-5967, kelly.wooten[at]

Meredith Tax, writer and political activist since the late 1960s, has founded or co-founded a series of feminist and social justice organizations starting with Bread and Roses, an early socialist-feminist group in Boston. Her 1970 essay, “Woman and Her Mind: The Story of Everyday Life,” is considered a foundational text of the U.S. women’s liberation movement. “Acting Across Borders” will focus on the main questions Tax explored in this essay and throughout her work as a feminist: race, class, and internationalism.

This fifth symposium of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture will feature notable feminist activists, writers, and scholars:

Meredith Tax, writer and political activist

Patricia McFadden, radical African feminist, sociologist, writer, educator, and publisher

Anissa Helie, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Ann Snitow, Director, Gender Studies Program, Eugene Lang College

Mandy Carter, National Coordinator, Bayard Rustin Centennial 2012 Project, National Black Justice Coalition

Amber Hollibaugh, Interim Director, Queers for Economic Justice

Mia Herndon, Executive Director, Third Wave Foundation

Gita Sahgal, Women’s and Human Rights Activist; former head of Amnesty International’s Gender Unit

Ynestra King, Writer and Eco-feminist

Jaclyn Friedman, Writer, Activist, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Women, Action & the Media

Free and open to the public.  Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the  Dean of Arts and Sciences, Duke University Libraries, African and African American Studies, Franklin Humanities Institute, the Program in Women’s Studies,  the Women’s Center, David M.  Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. Part of the Future of the Feminist 70s series hosted by the Program in Women’s Studies.