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EIHS Lecture: Labor, Love, & Loss: Black Women's Networks of Care in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom

LaKisha Simmons, University of Michigan
Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00-5:00 PM
This talk explores themes from a new book project that considers Black women’s reproductive care work in the face of miscarriage, infant and child loss, elder care, and sickness. Although this is a book about loss, it is also a book about survival. Professor Simmons argues that during the transition from slavery to freedom, Black mothers mobilized intergenerational and intersubjective connections with other women in their community to manage sickness, take care of themselves and one another, and mourn loss.

LaKisha Simmons is associate professor in History and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on gendered experiences of racial violence and Black women and girls’ strategies for survival in the face of racism. She is the author of Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans and currently at work on a collection called The Global History of Black Girlhood co-edited with Corinne Field.

Free and open to the public. This is a remote event and will take place online via Zoom.

This event is part of the Thursday Series of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. It is made possible by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
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Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: African American, african and african american studies, african and afroamerican studies, Black America, History, Women's Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, Department of History

The Thursday Series is the core of the institute's scholarly program, hosting distinguished guests who examine methodological, analytical, and theoretical issues in the field of history. 

The Friday Series consists mostly of panel-style workshops highlighting U-M graduate students. On occasion, events may include lectures, seminars, or other programs presented by visiting scholars.

The insitute also hosts other historical programming, including lectures, film screenings, author appearances, and similar events aimed at a broader public audience.