The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Linda Chavers

Linda ChaversLinda Chavers, a Washington, D.C native, she received her B.A. in Cultural Studies at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2003. From there, she set out to be a fabulous writer on all things fabulous and amazing. That translated to stints as a broke fact-checker at The Nation magazine, a very enthusiastic editorial assistant at The New York Times Magazine, and a reluctant assistant editor at Vogue Magazine. She finally realized she needed some more credentials so she packed up to Cambridge where she attended a doctoral program at Harvard University. Academically, she is interested in violence as it pertains to identity-making, sexuality, and the body.

A Black Womans Musings on Gender Studies

In my undergraduate studies I always took RACE classes, and by RACE I mean any course that involved the history, situation(s), actions to and by, black folk. That was mything. At New York University, I pursued the ways in which our fabulous leading entertainment industry and ensuing culture (aka Hollywood) began and remains inextricably linked to another powerful and permeating instrument – race.