Sociologist Chelsea M.E. Johnson will present two free talks on race and literature on Jan. 23 in Edwards and Schroeder Halls at Illinois State University.

Sociologist Chelsea M.E. Johnson will present two free talks on race and literature at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in Edwards and Schroeder Halls.

Johnson currently works as a user experience researcher at LinkedIn. She makes up a third of the CLC Collective, a group of women of color dedicated to diversifying publications.

The first event will be held in Edwards Hall 235. Titled “Global Movements, Local Meanings: Black Girls,” the talk will be centered around Johnson’s research at a school in South Africa.

While conducting her research, Johnson gathered information about white supremacist policies regarding the regulation of students’ natural hair.

Johnson’s second talk will be in Schroeder Hall 244. In this talk, “Moving Beyond Academic Borders: The Radical Potential of Intersectional Feminist Children’s Literature,” Johnson will read from and speak about the CLC Collective’s children’s book “IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All.”

The new book introduces readers to the concept of intersectionality. Intersectional feminism involves advocating for a diverse underrepresented population, including people of color, the lower class and those who identify as transgender.

Johnson attended the University of Southern California, where she earned her doctorate in sociology and a graduate certificate in gender studies.

MAIA HUDDLESTON is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @maiawrites 

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