When: Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11:10am in Room 4202
Where: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY
Bettina Aptheker, a “red-diaper baby”, grew up in Brooklyn with a mother who was a union organizer and a father who was considered the leading theoretician of the Communist Party as well a noted historian whose work changed the dominant understanding of African-American history and slavery. Her first job as a teenager was in the home of W.E.B. DuBois.
While attending UC Berkeley, she was an activist in the W.E.B. Du Bois Club of the Communist Party USA, and, eventually, a leader in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement during the fall of 1964.
During the 1970s, Aptheker worked for the defense in the high-profile trial of Angela Davis, a long-time friend and fellow Communist Party member, and eventually wrote a book about the experience.
After partly retiring from political activism, Aptheker completed a Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, where she helped develop one of the first the Feminist Studies departments and where she continues to teach today.
Aptheker will speak about growing up in Brooklyn, working with WEB DuBois, participating in the Free Speech movement, and developing one of the first Feminist Studies programs.