Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 10.54.44 AMWinona State University will host “Recovering from ‘Yo Mama is So Stupid’: (en) gendering a critical paradigm on Black feminist theory and pedagogy” with , Ph.D. from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 28 in East Hall Kryzsko Commons.

This presentation will offer an analysis of the dozens, using Black feminist theory. The dozens are a ritualized verbal game of insults that historically have used sexual offenses against Black women as the vehicle for insults. Rather than simply viewing the dozens as a cultural phenomenon, Brock draws a connection between its occurrence in West Africa, the West Indies, slave communities, and post enslavement and attempts to understand the various changes and the connection of the dozens to Black female devaluation.

WSU will also host “Fifty Shades of Brown: Mentoring Women of Color in the Academy” with Brock from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, March 28 in the Oak Rooms, East Hall Kryzsko Commons. To RSVP to the workshop, contact Dia Yang at

Brock is a Professor and Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations at University North Carolina, Greensboro. Brock received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in cultural studies in 1999.

This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Housing & Residence Life, K.E.A.P Diversity Resource Center, Minnesota State – Southeast Technical College, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and WSU Equity Theme Team.

For more information contact Alex Hines at