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Flying University - Robyn C. Spencer: The Women of the Black Panther Party

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Flying University is a re-education in conveniently forgotten histories.

This talk series is named after the underground university in Russian-occupied Poland that taught subjects banned by the state-run schools. This rebel organization also educated women, who were barred from attending the official university, including Marie Curie. In that spirit, each Flying University talk highlights a piece of history that has been “conveniently forgotten”. Lets set the record straight.

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Robyn C. SpencerThe Women of the Black Panther Movement

With opening talks by Elizabeth Hira and Lucie Levine

Doors: 7:00

Show: 7:30

Tickets: $15

Robyn C. Spencer is a historian who focuses on Black social protest after World War II, urban and working-class radicalism, and gender. She teaches survey and seminar courses on Black history at Lehman College, City University of New York. Her first book was The Revolution Has Come: Black Power, Gender, and the Black Panther Party in Oakland, on gender and the organizational evolution of the Black Panther Party in Oakland.

Her writings on the Black Panther Party have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, Souls, Radical Teacher and several collections of essays on the 1960s. In 2016 she received a Mellon fellowship at Yale University to work on her second book project: To Build the World Anew: Black Liberation Politics and the Movement Against the Vietnam War. She is also working on a short biography of Angela Davis for Westview Press’ Lives of American women series.

She is a committed activist and participates in many grassroots education initiatives aimed at bringing the history of the Black Power movement to community based spaces. She has contributed essays connecting history to current events to The Washington Post, Black Youth Project Blog, Vibe Magazine, Colorlines, Truthout, and Black Perspectives, the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society.

Elizabeth Hira


Elizabeth Hira is a social justice lawyer specializing in gender equity. She has advised the Center for Reproductive Rights on legal and policy strategy to advance reproductive rights over the long term, and as an Associate at Civitas Public Affairs Group in New York, she supported strategic advocacy to abolish the death penalty nationally, forward LGBT non-discrimination policies at the state and federal level, combat discriminatory religious exemptions, and advance reproductive justice. During law school, Elizabeth worked to protect civil liberties with the Brennan Center for Justice, to ensure child labor prohibitions in World Bank projects for Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and advocated for women’s rights internationally in South Africa and Uganda. Originally from the Caribbean, Elizabeth holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law and a B.A. with honors in history from Stanford University.

Lucie Levine

The Liberator: Crystal Eastman and Radical Feminism
on the Lower East Side

Lucie Levine is the founder of Archive on Parade, a local tour and event company takes New York’s fascinating history out of the archives and into the streets. She has collaborated with local partners including the New York Public Library, The 92 nd Street Y, The St. Regis Hotel, Fraunces Tavern and The Brooklyn Brainery to offer exciting tours, lectures and community events all over town. A proud resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, she is the News Editor at Greenpointers, and her writing has also appeared on DumboNYC and 6sqft.

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