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Critical Race Feminism: A Legal Approach to Questions of Race and Gender

When Mar 01, 2004
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where 102 Kern Building
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Adrien Wing

Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law, University of Iowa

After graduation from Princeton, Professor Wing earned her Master of Arts degree in African studies from UCLA. While at Stanford Law School, she served as an editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law, as an intern with the United Nations Council on Namibia, and as Southern Africa Task Force Director of the National Black Law Students Association. At graduation, she was awarded the Stanford African Student Association Prize.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty in 1987, Professor Wing spent five years in practice in New York City with Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and with Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Leiberman, specializing in international law issues regarding Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. She also served as a representative to the United Nations for the National Conference of Black Lawyers.

Professor Wing is Director of the Law School's summer abroad program in Arcachon, France. She specializes in both U.S. and international law, and has published in such areas as constitutionalism in Namibia, South Africa and Palestine; Critical Race Feminism; US Gangs; legal decision-making in the Palestinian intifada; rape in Bosnia; and women's rights in Palestine, South Africa and Black America. Author of over 70 publications, she is the editor of Critical Race Feminism -- A Reader (New York University Press, 2d edition 2003) and Global Critical Race Feminism: An International Reader (New York University Press 2000). She is on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law as well.

A student of French, Portuguese, and Swahili, Professor Wing has traveled widely and served on delegations to Angola, Cuba, Egypt, Grenada, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mozambique, Namibia, Nicaragua, Palestine, Panama, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. In addition, she has conducted research in China, Hong Kong, Brazil and London.
Wing has been a consultant to the United Nations, for several years served as a constitutional advisor to the African National Congress, organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape for six summers. She also has served as an advisor to the Palestinian Legislative Council relative to Palestine's future constitutional options and as an advisor to the Eritrean Ministry of Justice on human rights treaties. Most recently she advised the Rwandan Constitutional Commission on a post-genocide constitution.

Further, Professor Wing has held several leadership positions in the American Society of International Law and is a life member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. Additionally, she has served as Chair of the International Section of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, as a member of the TransAfrica Forum Scholars Council, and on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Peace Institute and the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, as well as the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. Iowa Governor Vilsack appointed Professor Wing to the Commission on the African American Prison Population in 1999. She was the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section in 2002. During fall 2002, she was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She currently serves on the Board of the U.S. Association of Constitutional Law.

Professor Wing presently teaches Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, Human Rights, Law in the Muslim World, Comparative Law, and Comparative Constitutional Law, and has taught Race, Racism & American Law, Law in Radically Different Cultures and the International and Domestic Legal Aspects of AIDS. She is, in addition, a member of The University of Iowa's interdisciplinary African Studies faculty and lectures in the undergraduate African curriculum.

Professor Wing is a member of the New York Bar.

Critical Race Feminism: A Legal Approach to Questions of Race and Gender

Critical Race Feminism, the title of one of my anthologies, is an emphasis on the legal rights of women of color. During this lecture I will discuss its derivation from and affiliation with such genres as critical legal studies, critical race theory, and feminist jurisprudence. It is also influenced by womanist and other literature in the social sciences. Then, I will discuss some of the different areas in which CRF has devoted some attention, including life in the academy, sexual harassment, criminality, mothering, and global feminism. I will end with some concerns related to the war on terrorism and the treatment of Arab/Muslim women both inside and outside the U.S.