Domestic, Sexual Violence Examined During Speaker Series Discussion April 14

University of Michigan Professor Andrea Smith will discuss "Revolution through Trial and Error: Women of Color Organizing Against Violence" at Colorado State University on Monday, April 14.

Smith, an assistant professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at Michigan, will be leading the discussion from 2-4 p.m. in the Senate Chambers at the Lory Student Center. The discussion, part of Colorado State’s "New Perspectives in Contemporary Research" speaker series, will examine emerging trends in anti-violence organizing among women of color and indigenous women.

The presentation will explore the possibilities as well as the limitations of particular anti-violence models that seek to build a violence-free society. These models target state violence as well as domestic and sexual violence using a process described as "revolution through trial and error."

Smith is the author of numerous books including "Native Feminisms Without Apology" and "Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide." She also is the co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence as well as the Boarding School Healing Project.

The "New Perspectives in Contemporary Research" speaker series has been developed to provide the Colorado State community access to a variety of cutting-edge original academic research. The speakers showcased are innovative senior scholars who have been examining critical perspectives on United States and international cultures, politics and societies. The intent of the series is to enlighten and educate faculty, staff and students to new ideas and perspectives.

The speaker series is sponsored by Colorado State University’s Accion, Department of Biology, Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity, College of Natural Sciences, Department of History, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Division of Enrollment and Access, Native American Student Services, Department of Social Work, Office of Student Media and Women’s Programs and Studies. The Fort Collins Museum and INCITE! Fort Collins Chapter also are sponsoring the series.

For more information, contact Ty Smith at or call (970) 491-1332.