FM April 30: ‘Presumed Incompetent’, Campus Assault & Reel Resquache

Hosted by Lynn Harris Ballen, Sammy Lyon and Lauren McQuade :  Are you ready to explode the myth that we live in a “post-identity” world, that somehow the world of academia is more evolved when it comes to race, gender and class?  A new book —  Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia” is a pathbreaking account of how those intersections deeply and painfully affect the working lives of academic women of color – who find themselves navigating the often hostile terrain of higher education. We’re joined by one of the editors, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and contributor Deena Gonzalez, Associate Provost at Loyola Marymount University.

Why are a bunch of colleges being sued and reported to the Federal Government under Title IX? A first wave of colleges and universities are filing complaints with the Office for Civil Rights, claiming that their institutions are failing to protect women from sexual assault. And group of 37 students at Occidental College – right here in LA – recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights claiming that Oxy v iolated federal laws against sexual discrimination.   Institutions of higher education do have an incentive to suppress reports of sexual assault – but could this be the tipping point that break that silence?  Lisa Wade, a professor of sociology at Occidental College, and a blogger for the site: Sociological Images, tells us all about it.

What are the feminist, queer and youth films in this year’s Reel Rasquache Art & Film Festival? Reel Rasquache, born out of Cal State Los Angeles, is the first exhibition forum on the West Coast to focus on the U.S. Latino experience in film and art — work that is often eclipsed by “all-encompassing” festivals and festivals focusing on a geographic region, like Latin America.  Since 2010, the festival has partnered with Casa 0101 in East Los Angeles, founded by Josefina Lopez (best known for the play and film, Real Women Have Curves).  Gaby Castillo and Angie Contreras, student organizers for the film festival at Cal State LA, join us to give us a taste of what’s coming up in May at this year’s festival!

All this and more on Feminist Magazine this Tuesday at 3pm. THIS is what Feminism Sounds Like!



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