Past Conferences

The Anna Julia Cooper Center routinely hosts conferences and gatherings. We collect notes, recommendations, and critical insights that emerge from these gatherings and synthesize them to contribute to a larger research agenda on women and girls of color. Our conferences allow researchers to connect with other scholars, collaborate on research topics and share best practices for research going forward.


2013 Gender, Sexuality and Hip Hop

The Anna Julia Cooper Project hosted a groundbreaking national conference on gender, sexuality and hip hop at Tulane University December 5-6, 2013, bringing together scholars, students, artists, and activists for an intensive series of discussions focused on the contemporary challenges and opportunities at the intersections of race, gender, sex, politics, and artistry.


2015 Gender Health and the South

On April 16 and 17,  the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University joined for a day and a half symposium at Wake Forest University  in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.The symposium brought together activists, scholars, and students to present original research and raise questions at the intersection of gender, race, region, and health.

The symposium included research presentations by AJC Center undergraduate research fellows and keynote addresses by Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and Dr. Jonathan Metzl. Panel topics included: the social foundations of health; HIV, sexuality, and health care; pregnancy and reproductive justice; community based health initiatives, and practicing equitable health care


2015 Advancing equity for women and girls of Color

On Friday, November 13, 2015, the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and the White House Council on Women and Girls co-hosted the day-long conference "Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade.” The conference, hosted at the Obama White House, featured stakeholders from the academic, private, government and philanthropic sectors who are committed to increasing opportunity and empowerment for women and girls of color and their peers.

The summit covered  a range of issues including economic development, healthcare, criminal justice, vulnerability to violence, hip-hop, and images of women in media. In addition, more that 40 speakers and panelists participated including:  Valerie Jarrett, White House Council on Women and Girls, Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General, Tina Tchen, White House Council on Women and Girls, Cecilia Muñoz, White House Domestic Policy Council, Rogan Kersh, Provost, Wake Forest University, Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, Wake Forest University and Teresa Younger, Ms. Foundation.