Organizing Stories presents: Catherine Knight Steele and Jamilah Lemieux

Mar 3, 2022, 5:00 pm6:30 pm
Public / Open To All
Event Description

Join our first event this Spring for a dynamic workshop featuring Professor Catherine Knight Steele in conversation with cultural critic and writer Jamilah Lemieux about feminism’s archives. Over the course of the event, the two speakers will draw from their political experiences to discuss what it means to create digital archives of Black feminist practice.


Speakers’ bios:

Catherine Knight Steele is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Maryland - College Park and was the Founding Director of the African American Digital Humanities Initiative (AADHum). She now directs the Black Communication and Technology lab (BCaT) as a part of the Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Collaboration, & Optimism Network funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Her research focuses on race, gender, and media, with a specific emphasis on African American culture and discourse in traditional and new media. She examines representations of marginalized communities in the media and how groups resist oppression and practice joy using online technology to create spaces of community.

Catherine’s research on the Black blogosphere, digital discourses of resistance and joy, and digital Black feminism has been published in such journals as Social Media + Society, Information, Communication and Society, and Feminist Media Studies. She is the author of Digital Black Feminism (NYU Press 2021), which examines the relationship between Black women and technology as a centuries-long gendered and racial project in the U.S.

You can follow her work on Twitter @SteeleCat717


A renowned cultural critic and writer with a focus on issues of race, gender, and sexuality, Jamilah Lemieux is a leading millennial feminist thinker, influencer, and game-changing media maverick. Her written work has been featured via a host of print and digital platforms, including Vanity Fair, the Los Angeles Times, the Nation, Essence, Refinery 29, Playboy, Self, Wired, the Guardian, Colorlines, the Washington Post, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She is also a weekly contributor to Slate’s ‘Care and Feeding’ parenting column and co-host of the publication’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting podcast. An important voice in the construction of the Black feminist blogosphere of the early twenty-first century, Lemieux formerly served as the Vice President of News and Men’s Programming for iOne Digital and as the Senior Editor for EBONY magazine She penned the forward for the Verso anniversary edition of Michele Wallace’s Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman and the 2017 re-release of Ann Petry’s Miss Muriel and Other Stories.

A native of Chicago, Lemieux has provided news and cultural commentary for CNN, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC. She has been featured on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Desus and Mero, as well as Lifetime’s critically acclaimed, Surviving R. Kelly and Surviving R. Kelly 2: The Reckoning. She is currently working on her first book, She Bad: Tales of Love, Hate and Baby Motherhood (Roc Lit 101/Penguin Random House.)

Event Type
In Conversation
Event Category
AAS Recommended Events


Any individual, including visitors to campus, who requires an accommodation should contact Dionne Worthy ( at least one week in advance of the event.