Past Event

Color of Violence: Incite! Anthology Panel Discussion

Reservations are recommended and can be made via email or by phone at 312.422.5580.

HOW WILL WE END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN OF COLOR? Where has the mainstream anti-violence movement gone wrong? What does it mean to reconceptualize violence against women beyond the interpersonal? How can we make connections between gender violence and state violence in the forms of militarism and colonialism? How do we strive to understand and challenge the perpetration of white supremacy?

Color of Violence places women of color at the center of analysis and argues that neither white-dominated discourses on gender violence nor male-dominated discourses on racial violence provide the comprehensive analyses to end racism and sexism.

This anthology presents the fierce and vital writing of 32 visionaries who shift the focus from the interpersonal and map innovative strategies of movement building and resistance used by women of color around the world.


Presenting Authors, Activists & Scholars:

  • Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (courtesy), as a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research, and as a faculty affiliate of the Joint Center for Poverty Research.
  • Andrea Smith of the Cherokee is a co-founder of the Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project & Professor of American Studies at the University of Michigan.
  • Andrea Ritchie is a progressive lesbian feminist of African Caribbean descent who has worked in the women’s movement in the U.S. and Canada over the past 15 years as an advocate and researcher.
  • Moderated by: Beth E. Richie, the director of African-American Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Additional Speakers TBA.

This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Public Library and Chicago’s Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network.

Reservations are recommended and can be made via email or by phone at 312.422.5580.

Tickets will be released 10 minutes before the start of the event to those on the waiting list.

For more information, please contact The Public Square at the IHC at 312.422.5580.