Notable Faculty & Student Achievements
Amiel Padayhag, class of 2019; Grace Gnasigamany, class of 2020; Administrative Assistant to Faculty Kelly Lessard; and Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Feminist Studies Program Sequoia Manerparticipated in Riding the Freedom Trail, a tour of Civil Rights memorials and monuments in Selma and Montgomery, Ala. They experienced a profound weekend of reckoning with the nation’s racial past. They accompanied a group that included local residents of Georgetown, Austin, and greater Williamson County. A member of the group was the daughter of a man lynched in nearby Taylor, Texas. Some of the highlights of their trip included walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge and talking with Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member and civil rights leader Annie Pearl Avery in Selma. In Montgomery, they participated in a special reflection session with the staff of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) following the tour of the new National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which is dedicated to the memory of lynching victims. The group also toured sites such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Legacy Museum, the Freedom Riders Museum, and the Rosa Parks Museum. Memorably, the group attended a special Sunday service at Dexter King Memorial Church, where, from the church’s basement, pastor Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A documentary is being made about this experience in conjunction with film students from The University of Texas at Austin.
Mellon Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner published the article “The Ethics of Interiority in the Fiction of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, and Beyoncé” in volume 17.1 of the journal Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.
Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Feminist Studies Program Sequoia Maner performed poetry at the Six Square District Cultural Arts Festival, an event that celebrates art and brings awareness to Austin’s historically black Eastside, on Sept. 1, 2018.