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Education faculty member to speak at the Africana Research Center's Luncheon Series

Jeanine Staples, associate professor of education and African-American studies, will present "The Scope and Sequence of White Oblivion (and How It Hurts and Kills People): Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy Through an Endarkened Feminist Epistemological and Ontological Framework" at noon on March 27 in 217 Willard Building as part of the Africana Research Center in the Luncheon Series.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Join the Africana Research Center in the Luncheon Series, with Jeanine Staples from 12 to 1 p.m  on Monday, March 27, in 217 Willard Building.

Jeanine Staples
Jeanine Staples, associate professor of education, African American studies, and women's, gender and sexuality studies

Staples, associate professor of education (language and literacy education) and African-American studies, will present a lecture titled: "The Scope and Sequence of White Oblivion (and How It Hurts and Kills People): Identifying & Dismantling White Supremacy Through an Endarkened Feminist Epistemological and Ontological Framework."

Black feminists and womanists have provided a means through which to examine not only the scope and sequences of black women's identities and lived experiences, along with various iterations of sociocultural, socioemotional and sociopolitical impact, they have also paved ways for deeper revelations about these citizens' countermanding knowledge frameworks and ways of being. These methodologies are often established within antagonistic relational and social circumstances and contexts.

An endarkened feminist epistemological and ontological framework, derived from the aforementioned frames, adds depth to these examinations, and understandings of implications. This happens by clarifying a triumvirate of knowing and being that resounds from spiritual, material, and emotional phenomena (re)produced by variations of blackness and femininity. An unintended outcome of these wisdoms points also to the scope and sequence of white oblivion — immaturity within, or detachment from the particular complexities of knowing and being cultivated by black girls and women and other marginalized members of society.

In this talk, Staples will show the establishment of these cooperating phenomena: how they form and function as the evolution of endarkened feminist ways of knowing and being; their affordances in generating and navigating contentious social and academic terrain; and, as importantly, the results of their omission, i.e. white oblivion. This talk is particularly timely as it also provides a way of interpreting the sociocultural and sociopolitical nuances of the rising Trump Era. 

This event is free and open to the public.

This article originally appeared on Penn State News.