Colonialism in Transit, A Teach-in

The Feminist and Gender Studies Department presents “Colonialism in Transit, A Teach-In” with Hailey Corkery, Oscar Glassman, and Ramah Aleryan on Friday November 8, 2019 from 4-5:30 at Sacred Grounds.



Hailey Corkery’s teach-in focuses on the political implications of North American birthright trips to Israel. It explores these consequences by examining the curriculum of as well as the motivations and funding behind birthright. The ultimate goal of this teach-in is to foster productive discussion amongst the Colorado College student body about how birthright is not, as many believe, “just a free trip” and how we as a community can combat its harmful ramifications.



In the U.S., allegations of antisemitism have become one major way in which Muslim or/and Arab public figures are vilified and produced as threatening and hateful. In Oscar Glassman’s teach-in he will trace a brief history of the term focusing on its relation to other forms of racism, Zionism, and the state of Israel. What political work does this discourse on the “new antisemitism” do? How does it utilize antiracist language to racialize others? At a time when colonial white nationalism, including antisemitism, is swelling once again in the U.S. and Palestinian lives continue to be made less livable while Palestinian deaths are deemed ungrievable, Jews must become clearer on what antisemitism is and what “never again” means.



Ramah Aleryan is looking at experiences of displacement and the process of belonging and re-belonging for Syrians, on the refugee statues, in the Norweigan and the Lebanese contexts. How does different states approach “integration”? What does “integration” mean for postcolonial subjects both in the Middle East and in European Contexts? As bombs falling from Russian and Turkish warcraft on Syria currently, the topic is more relevant than ever. Both the conflict and the treatment of displaced individuals are the continuation of colonization and rendering the lives of people of color and people from the global south disposable.


Heidi and the SAC at NWSA 2014


L to R: Kadesha Caradine (’16), Savannah Johnson (’15), Heidi R. Lewis, and Anna Naden (’15)

This month, Heidi and the FGS Student Advisory Council (SAC) attended the National Women’s Studies Association annual conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

What is NWSA?


L to R: Savannah Johnson (’15), Anna Naden (’15), and Kadesha Caradine (’16)


L to R: Chris Johnson and Kadesha Caradine

Established in 1977, the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.

Our commitments are to: illuminate the ways in which women’s studies are vital to education; to demonstrate the contributions of feminist scholarship that is comparative, global, intersectional and interdisciplinary to understandings of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences; and to promote synergistic relationships between scholarship, teaching and civic engagement in understandings of culture and society.

NWSA recognizes that women’s studies is broader than what happens in the classroom and acknowledges women’s centers staff as feminist educators. Campus-based women’s centers have a long history of working together with women’s studies to transform the curriculum, the campus environment, and society at large.

Through their scholarship and pedagogy our members actively pursue knowledge to promote a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential—one free from ideologies, systems of privilege or structures that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others. The Association has more than 2,000 individual and 350 institutional members working in varied specialties across the United States and around the world.

What is the NWSA annual conference?

This year’s conference theme was “Feminist Transgressions,” and featured presentations included keynote speaker bell hooks, a plenary session entitled “Creating Justice: Caribbean Scholarship and Activisms” led by Kamala Kempadoo, Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, and Ana-Maurine Lara and another plenary session entitled “The Imperial Politics of Nation-States: U.S., Israel, and Palestine” led by Angela Y. Davis, Islah Jad, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, and Rebecca Vilkomerson. 


L to R: Heidi R. Lewis, Takiyah Nur Amin, and Stephany Rose

Additionally, Heidi presented a paper entitled “Damn, I Love the Strippers: An Examination of Rihanna’s ‘Pour It Up’” during a panel entitled “The Booty Don’t Lie: Black Women’s Movement Vocabularies” with Stephany Rose, Takiyah Nur Amin, and Raquel Monroe.