Special Guests


Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith 

Event time is 6pm, November 11th 2017.

Dr. Meredith Shockley-Smith is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Global and Intercultural Studies department teaching for the Black World Studies program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She recently transitioned from being a Lecturer and Co-Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Northern Kentucky University. She received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Educational Studies. Her expertise lies in Black Feminist theory, Critical Race theory, Critical Pedagogy, and Equity theory. Meredith has been teaching for just over ten years. Her passion for the subject matter has taken her beyond the college classroom into K-12 classrooms, as well as into business and community settings.

Meredith’s personal life is a continuation of her professional work. She lives with her wife, Lauren, who also works in the field of education grappling with issues of race, class and gender. They have two teenage daughters, Saige, and Amira, who are also engaged in the social justice movement.

Dr. Shockley-Smith, will lead the conversation and q&a with Filmmaker and author B Danielle Watkins. Ms Watkins, chronicles being the only African-American filmmaker in the inaugural lesbian- only film festival (Cinema Systers Film Festival) in Paducah Kentucky. While staying at a historic hotel built to house entertainers such as Louis Armstrong and Mom’s Mabley, B. Danielle finds herself torn between that of being celebrated and the history of being shunned.

Filmmakers in Attendance

B. Danielle Watkins Films: I’ve Seen Love Die and Parallel The Documentary.  Q&A  directly after film screening. Showtime 6pm.