Delores Walters, Women’s Resistance: What the Legacy of Margaret Garner* Teaches Us Today

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Steven Robert '62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge (2nd floor)
75 Waterman Street
Free and open to the public

Professor Walters will place African American women’s escapes from enslavement into historical context, including the story of Margaret Garner and its role in providing another perspective on women and violence. We will consider the story’s impact on people today: in transforming relations between others, including those of different racial, ethnic, class, age, sexual orientation, religious, etc. backgrounds and in addressing domestic violence. Professor Walters will highlight chapters in her newly published book, Gendered Resistance, and provide insight into negotiating the barriers to self-authorship and social change.

* The true story that inspired Toni Morrison's, Beloved 

Delores M. Walters directs the Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center at the University of Rhode Island, College of Nursing. The Center aims to alleviate health disparities in the Ocean State and supports cultural competency training for students, faculty and administrators. Dr. Walters has a nursing background and earned a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from New York University after conducting field research among an African-identified group in Yemen. Subsequently, she produced articles and a film on the promotion of health care and social inclusion by Yemeni female primary health workers. She began researching the story of Margaret Garner while directing a family/local history-training program at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati and teaching at Northern Kentucky University. As a member of the Margaret Garner Steering Committee, she introduced the historical Margaret Garner to traditional and non-traditional operagoers in various cities. Her co-edited anthology, Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner, began as a symposium on women's resistance to enslavement and violence in historical, contemporary and global contexts in 2005. It was published in 2013 (University of Illinois Press, New Black Studies Series).