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Black Women's Historical Wellness: Yoga, Tea, and Traditions of Collective Self-Care

Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies
Georgia State University
204 Caldwell Hall

In this presentation, Dr. Stephanie Evans (Professor, Georgia State University) will discuss the study of Black women’s narrative histories of health, healing, and wellness. Evans will explore what she calls #HistoricalWellness: Black women’s traditions of simultaneously practicing inner peace and working collectively to resist oppression. Specifically, she will answer the question, “How have Black women elders managed stress?” By illuminating histories of yoga and tea, Evans will examine a long and complex history of what Angela Davis calls collective self-care. 

5:30 - 7:00 PM, 204 Caldwell Hall.

Questions? Contact Dr. Carolyn Medine | 

This event is supported by the Institute for African American Studies, Institute for Women's Studies, and the Department of History. 


Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans is a Professor of Black Women's Studies and served as Director of the Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University until 2022, concluding a dozen years of departmental administrative leadership. At GSU, in addition to WGSS she is affiliate faculty in the Department of Africana Studies and the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma and Resilience.

Her research interest is Black women's intellectual history, particularly mental health and wellness in memoirs. Dr. Evans is the editor of the Black Women's Wellness book series at SUNY Press and is the author of: Black Women’s Yoga History: Memoirs of Inner Peace (SUNY, 2021), Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment (SUNY, 2014), and Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History (UF, 2007).               

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