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College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Speaker Series

CLA Series Speaker Event

CLA Speaker Series Presents: Mary Jo Klinker,

Associate Professor and Director of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Winona State University

Monday, March 28, 2022

12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (CST)

Picture: Mary Jo Klinker

Event Information: Women’s History Month

Sponsored by the CLA Office of the Dean and Co-Sponsored by the Gender Studies

Event Title: “How feminism taught me to defund the police and the military” 

Talk Description: This talk will examine the shared strategies of resistance deployed by feminists seeking to end militarism and dismantle the prison industrial complex. Using participatory action research from her involvement with Women In Black, Code Pink, and Winona Community Not Cages, Mary Jo Klinker will offer analysis of how feminist interventions against imperialist violence engage methods that mirror efforts to abolish the school-to-prison pipeline.


Speaker Bio: Professor Mary Jo Klinker received her Ph.D. from Washington State University in American Studies. Her research focuses on the relation of queer activism and theory to feminist antimilitarist organizing and anti-imperialist critique.