2018 Keynote Speakers

Brittney Cooper 
Date: Friday, November 16
Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Tampa Marriott Waterside Grand Salons F-J

Dr. Cooper will keynote on Friday, November 16 at 9:30 am - 10:30 am in Grand Salons F-J.Brittney is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University.  She is a Black feminist theorist who specializes in the study of Black women’s intellectual history, Hip Hop generation feminism, and race and gender representation in popular culture. She is  co-founder  of the popular Crunk Feminist Collective blog. And she is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com and a former contributor to Salon.com. Her cultural commentary has been featured on MSNBC’s All In With Chris HayesMelissa Harris-PerryAl Jazeera’s Third RailThe New York TimesThe Washington PostNPRPBSEbony.comEssence.comTheRoot.com, and TED.com. In 2013 and 2014, she was named to the Root.com’s Root 100, an annual list of Top Black Influencers.
Dr. Cooper is co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press 2017). She is the author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women (University of Illinois Press, May 2017), which examines the long history of Black women’s thought leadership in the U.S., with a view toward reinvigorating contemporary scholarly and popular conversations about Black feminism. She is also the author of the recently released Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower (St. Martin’s, February 2018).

Dr. Brittney Cooper is a proud alumna of Howard University (class of 2002) and a proud native of North Louisiana.

Dr. Cooper will keynote on Friday, November 16 at 9:30 am - 10:30 am in Grand Salons F-J.


Patricia J. Williams 
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018
Time: 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Location: Tampa Marriott Waterside Grand Salons F-J

Patricia J. Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University will keynote on Friday, November 16 9:30 am - 10:30 am in Grand Salons F-J.

Dr. Williams is published widely in the areas of race, gender, and law, and on other issues of legal theory and legal writing. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights, which was named one of the twenty-five best books of 1991 by the Voice Literary Supplement and one of the “feminist classics of the last twenty years” that “literally changed women’s lives,” by Ms. Magazine’s Twentieth Anniversary Edition. She also authored The Rooster’s EggSeeing a ColorBlind Future: The Paradox of Race and most recently, Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and a Search for a Room of My Own.
Her award-winning column, "Diary of a Mad Law Professor," has appeared monthly in The Nation Magazine for two decades. Her wry, witty columns cover broad issues of social justice, including the rhetoric of the war on terror, race, ethnicity, gender, all aspects of civil rights law, bioethics and eugenics, forensic uses of DNA, and comparative issues of class and culture in the US, France, and Britain.
In addition to being recognized with the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, Williams is the recipient of seven honorary doctorates and has been recognized by all the institutions from which she matriculated: an Outstanding Alumna Award from Latin School in Boston, an Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College, and a Graduate Society Medal from Harvard.

Patricia Williams will keynote on Saturday, November 17 at 9:15 am - 10:15 am in Grand Salons F-J.