Roxane Gay

Roxane with One N

February 25, 2022
The author of celebrated books, social commentator Roxane Gay critiques the ebb and flow of modern culture with wit and ferocity. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is a quintessential exploration of modern feminism, and her books – including An Untamed State, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, Graceful Burdens and Difficult Women – are celebrated for their honesty and humor. Gay also co-hosts the podcast Hear to Slay, pens the Work Friend column for The New York Times and was the first black woman to write for Marvel Comics. Presented by UCSB Arts and Lectures in association with the Feminist Futures Initiative.
Students were also invited to an on-campus discussion with Roxane Gay on feminism, race, writing, pop culture, and politics. The event was moderated by Dr. Mireille Miller-Young along with graduate students Megan Spencer and Viviana Valle.


Dr. Anita Hill

From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment

February 19, 2020

A visit from Anita Hill kicked off the Feminist Futures initiative. In addition to her talk to a sold-out audience, she met with a group of over 30 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students and had an on-stage conversation after the lecture with Megan Spencer and Amoni Thompson (pictured right, respectively), graduate students in the Department of Feminist Studies.

A women’s rights icon, attorney and powerful advocate for equality, Anita Hill brought the issue of sexual harassment to the forefront of our national conversation 28 years ago in her testimony during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Clarence Thomas. Hill’s bravery empowered women from all walks of life to fight sexual harassment and helped foster equality for wo

men in the workplace. Hill finds echoes in the #MeToo movement, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings and today’s volatile social and political climate. A professor at Brandeis University, Hill continues to inspire others to speak truth to power in order to foster true change.

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Black Queer/Trans Art

A conversation presented by the Black Sexuality Studies Collective

Monday, May 16, 2022









Tourmaline: artist, filmmaker, activist

May 13, 2020

Tourmaline's work attends to the histories of disabled, poor, Black, queer, and trans elders in order to highlight the capacity of Black queer/trans social life to transform worlds. Her films create dreamlike portraits of gay and trans liberation icons, including Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera (Happy Birthday Marsha!, 2018, Mary Jones (Salacia, 2019), Miss Major (The Personal Things, 2016), and Egyptt LaBeija (Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, 2017).

This talk is part of the Spring 2020 focus of the Feminist Futures initiative, “Beyond the Bathroom Wars: What is the Future of Transgender Politics?,” and is co-sponsored with the Department of Black Studies.

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Putting Your Feminism Into Your Finance 

October 6, 2020

The Feminist Futures Initiative’s inaugural intergenerational dialogue featuring Kristin Hull, founder and CEO of Nia Impact Capital, an investment firm dedicated to investing in forward thinking companies poised to play a key role in our transition to an inclusive, just, and sustainable economy, and Shivani Awasthi, a fourth year economics major at UC Santa Barbara. These conversations bring together those dedicating their lives and careers to gender equity with a younger generation committed to the same ideals.

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