We are thrilled to announce our two featured panelists for Feminist Theory + Lemonade.

Their expertise in feminist theory, Black women in media and women’s studies will make for an enlightening and not-to-be-missed discussion, following the screening of Beyoncé’s Lemonade film.

Featured Panelist: Dr. Aria S. Halliday

Aria S. Halliday is assistant professor of Africana feminisms in women’s studies at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Halliday joined the UNH faculty in 2017. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies with a graduate certificate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies from Purdue University. Dr. Halliday’s research spans the interdisciplinary fields of American studies; African American studies; women’s, gender, and sexuality studies; and cultural studies, focusing on Black American and Caribbean women’s visual and material cultural production. Black feminist theory informs her current research, in which she examines the representation of Black women’s and girls’ sexual expression in popular culture and the ways in which those expressions shape radicalism, consumerism and new media cultures. She is the founder of Ruthless — a blog on Black women, feminism and Christianity — and the Digital Black Girls, a digital humanities project that documents representations of Black girls in popular culture. She is also a regular contributor to The Ebony Tower, a blog dedicated to the experience of graduate students of color. She was raised in Durham, North Carolina and is a proud alumna of Davidson College.

Featured Panelist: Dr. Courtney Marshall

Dr. Courtney Marshall uses Black feminist theory to transform the world of group fitness and personal training. In 2015, she created Jump at The Sun Fitness to bring Black women’s brilliance to the gym and free fitness programs to her community.  She is currently writing Ain’t I An Athlete?, a Black feminist training diary. She holds a PhD in English from UCLA and teaches English at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH.