College of Liberal Arts

“Victim to Survivor to Thriver,” #MeToo Founder to Speak at UT Symposium

Thu, May 3, 2018
Tarana Burke
Tarana Burke

What: Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, will deliver the keynote address at the Black Women in the Age of #MeToo symposium at The University of Texas at Austin, sparking community-wide dialogue on mental health, social justice and interpersonal violence prevention.

When: Thursday and Friday, May 3-4, with keynote lecture at 4p.m. Friday, May 4.

For a full schedule of the symposium visit the event page.

Where: The Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.

Parking is available in lot 40. Alternative pay parking is available in Manor Garage.

Who May Attend: The event is free and open to the public, but registration for the keynote lecture is required through Eventbrite.

Background:  Black Women in the Age of #MeToo symposium addresses the unique and complex challenges Black women face with multiple forms of violence in our global world.

The keynote lecture by Tarana Burke — founder of the #MeToo movement, director of programs at Girls for Gender Equity and author of Where the Light Enters — will delve into the story behind the viral campaign. Inspired by Burke’s own experiences as a “victim to survivor to thriver,” the #MeToo movement was initially created to amplify the marginalized voices of young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. 

The symposium kicks off with an intra-community conversation on “Interpersonal Violence and Collective Healing,” inviting black women and black gender non-conforming individuals to discuss experiences of interpersonal violence. To register for the Intra-Community Conversation, sign up here.

On the second day of the symposium, researchers from UT Austin and The University of São Paulo will present their latest work on black women and violence and will host a series of focus groups. Black women are invited to participate. For more information, email  or call (512) 471-8770.


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