Dr. Laura C. Harris Symposium
The late Dr. Laura C. Harris was a pioneer in the medical profession and the embodiment of the Denison ideal. A member of the Class of 1916 (earning the Ph.B., or Bachelor of Philosophy), Dr. Harris was the first woman ever to receive a medical degree from Syracuse University. She also did post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania before beginning her medical practice in New York in the 1920s.
A pioneer medical educator among women, she was appointed clinical professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York Medical Center at Syracuse. Her teaching career spanned more than 30 years. In 1951, Dr. Harris was honored with a Denison Alumni Citation and in 1981 with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. She died in 1987 at the age of 93.
The Laura C. Harris Endowment, the result of a major bequest from Dr. Harris’ estate, stands as a tribute to her memory, evidence of her clear commitment to women’s achievement and reinforcement of her belief in the importance of undergraduate education. The objective of the Laura C. Harris Symposium is to enhance and promote the education of young women as students and as professionals and serve to promote the career opportunities and carry on the pioneering spirit of women students at Denison University.
Her areas of specialization are philosophy of the social and historical sciences, specifically archaeology, and feminist philosophy of science. Dr. Wylie is particularly interested in how archaeologists establish knowledge claims about the cultural past, and in whether (or in what form) ideals of objectivity can be sustained given feminist arguments for recognizing the central role that contextual values play in the research process. She is currently engaged in a study of feminist research programs in the social sciences.
Swasey Chapel | 8pm
South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo is still in her 20s but has already established herself as one of the world’s most stunningly innovative, exquisitely unconventional thinkers and interpreters of dance. Known for her “astonishingly quick and often jarring fusion of African dance and classical ballet” (CNN World), Masilo opens our eyes to the places where western and African traditions meet, collide, and create beauty. Masilo will be in residency in the Dance Department February 1st through 10th.
Technology & Society
This year, we will explore how technology affects society in ways that can be both empowering and harmful. How can we use social change, environmental awareness and images to embrace the positive aspects of technology and counteract the negative?
Alia Malek - September 14, 2010 - 4:30pm - Barney Davis Boardroom
Alia Malek is the author of A Country Called Amreeka, a set of profiles of Arab-Americans. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. This event is co-sponsored by Beck Lecture Series, Global Studies, and the Sharp Lecture Series.
Rebecca Skloot - October 6, 2010 - 7:30pm - Swasey Chapel
Rebecca Skloot is a science writer and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a book that took Skloot ten years to research and write. The book debuted to widespread critical acclaim, has been hailed as one of the best books of the year by Amazon.com and was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick for spring 2010. In addition to writing this enormously popular book, Skloot is the guest editor of The Best American Science Writing 2011, a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine, and has worked as a correspondent for WNYC’s Radiolab and PBS’s Nova ScienceNOW.
Women’s Studies Alumni Workshop & Reunion - “An Intergenerational Conversation About Social Change” - October 7,8 & 9, 2010
We are expecting about 40-50 returning alums to engage with us in an intergenerational conversation about social change. How has feminism changed from the 1970's to the present? How can we apply what we learned from the birth of Women's Studies at Denison to other new programs representing current social change?
The Century Project Exhibition - October 25 - 29, 2010 - Welsh Hills Room
The Century Project, by photographer Frank Cordelle, is a chronological series of nude photographic portraits of more than one hundred women and girls from the moment of birth to nearly a hundred years of age. A diverse group of photographs comprising women of many ages, shapes, sizes, and life experiences is presented in this exquisitely disarming project. Most of the images are accompanied by moving statements written by the women themselves.
Dr. Annalee Newitz - October 26, 2010 - 4:30pm - Higley Auditorium
Annalee Newitz is an American journalist who covers the cultural impact of science and technology, such as topics on open source software and hacker subcultures. She writes for many periodicals from Popular Science to Wired, and since 1999 has had a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation.
Open Shutters Iraq Exhibition & Film - November & December, 2010 - Bryant Arts Center - Opening Reception November 5, 2010 @ 4:00pm
The Open Shutter Iraq project, directed by Eugenie Dolberg, examines the human reality of war, behind the collective headlines, through the eyes of nine women. The exhibition consists of nine photographic essays and writing by women from all over Iraq, of different social and political backgrounds with no previous photographic experience, examining the lived experience of war and occupation and telling their story in their own voices--the human reality of war, behind the collective headlines.
A 102 minute feature documentary, OPEN SHUTTERS IRAQ (directed by Maysoon Pachachi) documents a remarkable photography project; a group of women, from five cities in Iraq, live and work together in a traditional courtyard house in the Old City of the Syrian capital, Damascus. There they learn to take photographs, and at the same time, present their 'life maps' to each other; large charts full of family photos, scrawled poetry and quotations, the names of emotions and crisscrossing green, red and black marker lines, detailing all the ups and downs, forwards and reverses of their lives. With grief, humor, and defiance, the women are able to unearth memories and tell stories, which have remained buried for 30 years in the course of just trying to survive devastating years of war, dictatorship and sanctions. In the end, they have woven together the threads of their individual lives into a collective fabric. And because this is a creative project, the experience is transformative; the act of remembering and listening is dynamic and productive. As one woman says, 'It is our feelings taking the pictures, not us'. Event co-sponsored by International Studies, Student Activities, Communication, Education, International Student Services, Black Studies, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Sociology/Anthropology, and Political Science.
Dr. Sandra Steingraber - November 3, 2010 - 4:30pm - Slayter Auditorium
Ecologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on the environmental links to cancer and human health. This event is co-sponsored by The Ronneberg Endowed Fund
The Body Positive - November 8 & 9, 2010
The Body Positive empowers people to unleash their energy and creativity by strengthening their body esteem and self love.
Open Shutters: Iraq Photo Exhibition – January & February, 2011 – Knapp Hall 1st – 3rd floors
Opening Reception & Film Viewing – January 21, 2011 - 4:00pm - Reception to be held in Knapp 201 - 5:00pm – Film viewing in Higley Auditorium
The Open Shutter Iraq project, directed by Eugenie Dolberg, examines the human reality of war, behind the collective headlines, through the eyes of nine women. The exhibition consists of nine photographic essays and writing by women from all over Iraq, of different social and political backgrounds with no previous photographic experience, examining the lived experience of war and occupation and telling their story in their own voices--the human reality of war, behind the collective headlines.
A 102 minute feature documentary, OPEN SHUTTERS IRAQ (directed by Maysoon Pachachi) documents a remarkable photography project; a group of women, from five cities in Iraq, live and work together in a traditional courtyard house in the Old City of the Syrian capital, Damascus. There they learn to take photographs, and at the same time, present their 'life maps' to each other; large charts full of family photos, scrawled poetry and quotations, the names of emotions and crisscrossing green, red and black marker lines, detailing all the ups and downs, forwards and reverses of their lives. With grief, humor, defiance, the women are able to unearth memories and tell stories, which have remained buried for 30 years in the course of just trying to survive devastating years of war, dictatorship and sanctions. In the end, they have woven together the threads of their individual lives into a collective fabric. And because this is a creative project, the experience is transformative; the act of remembering and listening is dynamic and productive. As one woman says, 'It is our feelings taking the pictures, not us'.
Event co-sponsored by Studio Art Department, Spectrum Series, and Global Studies Seminar.
Human Rights Film Festival:
2/01 – 7pm, Slayter Auditorium – “In The Land of the Free”, Vadim Jean
2/08 – 7pm, Slayter Auditorium – “Out In The Silence”, Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
2/15 – 7pm, Slayter Auditorium – “Last Best Chance”, Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson
2/22 – 7pm, Slayter Auditorium – “Enemies of the People”, Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath
Event co-sponsored by International Studies, Student Activities, Communication, Education, International Student Services, Black Studies, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Sociology/Anthropology, and Political Science.
Paul Rusesabagina – February 17 - 7:30pm - Swasey Chapel
For two months of his life, Paul Rusesabagina held insanity at bay as he watched his country fall into the grips of genocide in 1994. A Hutu manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda, he sheltered over 1,200 people, including his own Tutsi wife and children, saving their lives at a time when extremists massacred more than 800,000 members of the Tutsi and moderate Hutu tribes in just 100 days.
Considered the “Rwandan Schindler,” his wrenching story and that of the genocide is chronicled in the critically acclaimed film, Hotel Rwanda, a riveting account of a man finding courage within himself to save others in the midst of his country’s darkest moment.
Event co-sponsored by DCGA.
Samhita Mukhopadhyay – February 21, 2011 – 4:30pm - Higley Auditorium
Samhita Mukhopadhyay is an activist, writer, and technologist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has written and spoken extensively on race, media, technology and gender, with a specific focus on the intersection of race and gender, whether in popular culture or politics. She is the technology director at the Center for Media Justice an Oakland based org that provides media strategy and action for justice based grass-roots organizing groups and was recently named Executive Editor of Feministing.com.
Francophone Film Festival:
2/24 – 7pm, Slayter Auditorium - “Welcome”, Philippe Lioret
2/25 – 6pm, Higley Auditorium – “Paris”, Cedric Klapisch
2/28 – 7pm, Slayter Auditorium – “Bluebeard”, Catherine Breillat
3/01 – 4:30pm, Higley Auditorium – “It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks”, Daniel Leconte
3/09 – 7:30pm, Slayter Auditorium – “Coco Before Chanel”, Anne Fontaine
Event co-sponsored by the Patty Foresman Fund, Communication, Sociology/Anthropology, Denison Film Society & the Tourness Festival Grant.
Isis Nusair Book Reading - March 3, 2011 – 4:30pm – Knapp 201
Professor Isis Nusair reads from her recent publication "Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel." Offering a rich and multidimensional portrait of the lived realities of Palestinians within the state of Israel, Displaced at Home gathers a group of Palestinian women scholars who present unflinching critiques of the complexities and challenges inherent in the lives of this understudied but important minority within Israel.
Cristina Masters – March 28, 2011 – 4:30pm - Higley Auditorium
Dr. Cristina Masters is a lecturer in the Centre for International Politics in the Politics Discipline Area at the University of Manchester. Her current research is on a book project, Militarism, Gender & (In)Security: Biopolitical Technologies of Security and the War on Terror (Routledge, forthcoming autumn 2010). The book project explores the current biopolitical fetishisation of technology evident in contemporary practices of war.
Sharon Marcus – April 4, 2011 - 4:30pm - Higley Auditorium
Dr. Sharon Marcus is Orlando Harriman Professor of English at Columbia University. She earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature, Brown (1986); Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Johns Hopkins (1995). Professor Marcus specializes in nineteenth-century British and French novels, urban and architectural studies, and feminist and queer theory. In addition to Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (University of California Press, 1999), she has recently published articles on the representation of lesbians in 19th-century literary criticism and on Victorian fashion plates. She recently completed a book entitled Between Women: Friendship, Desire and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton University Press, 2007).
Juliet Eilperin – April 7, 2011 - 4:30pm - Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
"How Green Policy Clashes with a Blue and Red Electoral Landscape: U.S. Environmentalism in an Era of Political Polarization" A born-and-bred Washington, Juliet Eilperin graduated in 1992 magna cum laude from Princeton University, where she received a bachelor’s in Politics with a certificate in Latin American Studies. In the fall of 1992 she went to Seoul, South Korea on a Luce Scholarship, which allowed her to cover politics and economics for an English-language magazine. Returning to Washington, Ms. Eilperin wrote for Louisiana and Florida papers at States News Service and then joined Roll Call newspaper after the Republicans seized Congress in 1994. In March 1998 she joined The Washington Post as its House of Representatives reporter, where she covered the impeachment of Bill Clinton, lobbying, legislation, and four national congressional campaigns.
Event co-sponsored by the Provost's Office, Creative Writing, Communication, Environmental Studies.
Vagina Monologues – April 20 & 21, 2011 - time & location to be determined
V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.
Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues, A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities.
Susan Bordo – April 25, 2011 - 4:30pm - Slayter Auditorium
"What Did Anne Boleyn Really Look Like?: Lessons from History on Representation, Beauty, and the Body."
Susan Bordo is Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. She lectures nationally on topics such as eating disorders, cosmetic surgery, beauty and evolutionary theory, racism and the body, masculinity and the male body, adoption, and the impact of contemporary media.
Appetites: Fall 2009-Spring 2010 Events Schedule
Frances Moore Lappe – Opening Convocation - September 10, 2009 – 8pm – Swasey Chapel
“Why Hunger in a World of Plenty?” That is the question that world food and hunger expert Frances Moore Lappe will address as the opening keynote speaker for Denison University’s 2009-10 campus theme, “Consumption.” Lappe, whose most recent book is “Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad,” will speak at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Lappe is the author or co-author of 18 books, including the well-known “Diet for a Small Planet,” which J.M. Hirsch described as “the blueprint for eating with a small carbon footprint since long before the term was coined.” Lappe is the co-founder of three organizations including the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter, Anna Lappe.
Giving Voice Productions - January 8 – February 21, 2010
Six week residency at Denison University
New Production “Hook-ups and Hang-ups: College Students Speak Out” - 2/11-13/10 - Burke Black Box
Giving Voice Productions is committed to expanding the horizons and the definitions of theatrical form. It is their goal to “meet” contemporary audiences and create a space where pressing, raw, and relevant material can exist in an aesthetic of beauty and grace. They believe that this dynamic allows audiences to not only enjoy the theatrical event, but also receive and contemplate the subject matter.
Giving Voice Productions is committed to creating theatre from real and contemporary issues that are alive within the community. Through live performance and outreach efforts, they endeavor to inform, educate, entertain, and spark community discussion. Their performances are followed by in-depth talk-back sessions, which encourage the audience to be in dialogue with the artists and foster connections within the community.
Annie Leonard – The Story of Stuff - January 28, 2010 – 4:30pm – Slayter Auditorium
Annie Leonard examines the real costs of extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal, and she isolates the moment in history where she says the trend of consumption mania began. The “Story of Stuff” examines how economic policies of the post-World War II era ushered in notions of “planned obsolescence” and “perceived obsolescence” —and how these notions are still driving much of the U.S. and global economies today. Leonard’s inspiration for the film began as a personal musing over the question, “Where does all the stuff we buy come from, and where does it go when we throw it out?” She traveled the world in pursuit of the answer to this seemingly innocent question, and what she found along the way were some very guilty participants and their unfortunate victims.
Denison's Fifth Human Rights Film Festival
These films cover a range of human rights issues from freedom of expression and association in Afghanistan and Burma, international justice, and environmental protection in the Amazon. Please find below further information about the films.
Feb 2 - Crude (http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/crude)
Feb 9 - The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court (http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/reckoning)
Feb 16 - Burma VJ (http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/burma-vj)
Feb 23 - Afghan Star (http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/afghan-star)
The films will be screened at Slayter Auditorium at 7 pm.
Juliet Schor - February 4, 2010 – 4:30pm - Higley Auditorium
Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies. Schor's latest book is Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner, September 2004). Born to Buy is both an account of marketing to children from inside the agencies and firms and an assessment of how these activities are affecting children. Schor is author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need. The Overworked American appeared on the best seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation (September 2003). A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor went on to receive her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts. She also holds a chair in the Economics of Leisure Studies at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.
Marie Wilson - March 2, 2010 – 4:30pm – Slayter Auditorium
An advocate of women’s issues for more than 30 years, Marie C. Wilson is founder and President of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work ® Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World (Viking 2004). In 1998, Wilson founded The White House Project in recognition of the need to build a truly representative democracy – one where women lead alongside men in all spheres. Since its inception, The White House Project has been a leading advocate and voice on women’s leadership. Before she took the helm at The White House Project, Wilson was, for nearly two decades, the President of the Ms. Foundation for Women. She is an honorary “founding mother” of the Ms. Foundation. In honor of her work, the Ms. Foundation has created The Marie C. Wilson Leadership Fund. Over the last thirty years, Wilson’s accomplishments span becoming the first woman elected to the Des Moines City Council as a member-at-large in 1983, co-authoring the critically acclaimed Mother Daughter Revolution (1993, Bantam Books), and serving as an official government delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. Wilson has been profiled in The New York Times “Public Lives” column, has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, National Public Radio and other national programs and is quoted widely for her expertise. Born and raised in Georgia, Wilson has five children and four grandchildren. She resides in New York City.
Guerrilla Girls On Tour “Feminists Are Funny – The Food Edition” - March 4, 2010 – 7:00pm – Ace Morgan Theatre
Guerrilla Girls on Tour, an internationally acclaimed anonymous theatre collective, will present Feminist Are Funny – The Food Edition – an energetic romp through humorous historical moments in the lives and works of world renowned master chef Julia Child, acclaimed food writer M.F.K. Fisher, and the grand dame of southern cooking Edna Lewis. In addition to sharing the rich history of these women, the comedy also focuses on issues surrounding women and food such as body image, nutrition and global hunger. Feminists Are Funny – The Food Edition celebrates Guerrilla Girls On Tour’s famous posters, street theatre actions, and highlights current local issues and statistics on the relationship of women and food in each state they tour through.
Guerrilla Girls On Tour creates original comedies, vaudevillian-like street actions, edgy visual works and empowering residency programs that dramatize women’s history, advocate on behalf of women and artists of color and uses a fresh, unique approach to address current political issues.
That Takes Ovaries - March 26, 2010 – 6:00pm – Burke Recital Hall
That Takes Ovaries is an open mike movement, a play and a best-selling book (Three Rivers/Random House)-- all focusing on real-life stories from women and girls, and the bold, gutsy, brazen, outrageous, courageous things they have done. From playful to political, That Takes Ovaries is full of multicultural, sassy, often touching true tales of estrogen-powered deeds. Ovaries mixes art with activism and fun in an international grassroots movement for empowerment: Because women and girls everywhere have inspiring stories to tell, any woman or organization anywhere can host an Ovaries open mike. Theaters and campuses are invited to stage the play. Hundreds of open mikes and dramatizations have been held by theaters, national organizations and neighborhood women. Events are often fundraisers for local and global women and girls' causes, thereby offering women's organizations an exciting tool for raising community awareness and money, so that they, in turn, may continue their own good work for women.
Anita Mannur Book Reading - April 1, 2010 – 4:00pm – Women’s Studies Library
Professor Mannur will hold a reading and discussion featuring her new publication "Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture".
This book provides food for thought as it considers the metaphors literature, film, and TV shows use to describe Indians abroad. The book considers food to be a central part of the cultural imagination of diasporic populations, and maps how it figures in various expressive forms. The book examines cultural production from the Anglo-American reaches of the South Asian diaspora, ranging from novels—Chitra Divakaruni’s Mistress of Spices and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night—and cookbooks such as Madhur Jaffrey’s Invitation to Indian Cooking and Padma Lakshmi’s Easy Exotic, in order to illustrate how national identities are consolidated in culinary terms.
Lisa Suhair Majaj Poetry Reading - April 6, 2010 – 4:30pm - Barney Davis Boardroom
Lisa Suhair Majaj is a Palestinian-American poet and scholar. Born in the United State, Majaj was raised in Jordan, and earned university degrees in Lebanon and the United States. Her poetry and essays have been widely published. In 2007, she was awarded the Del Sol Press Annual Poetry Prize for her poetry manuscript Geographies of Light.
Malathi de Alwis - April 19, 2010 - 4:30pm – Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Malathi (Mala) de Alwis is a feminist scholar and activist at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also teaches in the MA Program in Women's Studies at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo and was Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, previously. She is currently coordinating a multi-sited, multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary research project entitled: "Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Contexts of War: A grassroots study of the geo-politics of Humanitarianian Aid in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka and Aceh, Indonesia."
De Alwis earned her Ph.D. in Socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, where she was a founding member of the Women Against War Coalition and a winner of the Ruth Murray Memorial Prize for Best Essay in Gender Studies. She is also a poet and short story writer and has been involved in several film projects. She has for many years contributed to an anonymous feminist column, Cat's Eye, which is published every Wednesday in the English daily, The Island.
Women's Spaces, Women's Places
bell hooks – OPENING CONVOCATION - September 11, 2008 8:00pm – Swasey Chapel
Belonging: A Culture of Place
Dr. hooks is one of the nation’s leading scholars, activists, and writers. Dr. hooks has made ground-breaking contributions to scholarship on race, gender, and class and has pushed us to be better human beings through her tireless devotion to education in both the classroom and the community. She has taught at the University of Southern California, Oberlin, Yale and The City College of New York, and is currently a Distinguished Professor at Berea College in Kentucky. Her visit will inaugurate the 2008-09 academic year and kick off the campus-wide intellectual themes Urbanscapes, sponsored by the McGregor Connections Initiative and Women’s Places, Women’s Spaces, sponsored by the Laura C. Harris Fund and Women’s Studies.
A Night of 200 Bras (Bra Art 2008) - October 15 & 16, 2008 6-10pm – Doane Library Printmaking Room
Bra Art 2008 is a community project and exhibition to promote the use of artwork as activism and raise awareness of breast cancer. The project is the result of student coordinator Chrissy Martin’s desire to raise money for breast cancer research. The community project to create the bra artwork is to be held from 6 to 10pm on two nights: October 15 & October 16. The exhibition “A Night of 200 Bras” will occur at 7pm on October 29 at a gallery hop that begins in the Doane Library Student Gallery. The goal of Bra Art 2008 is to involve the entire community with the creation of artwork for the exhibit. Collaboration with the Studio Art Department, Denison Colleges Against Cancer, the Laura C. Harris Symposium, Denison Art Collective, John Alford Center for Service Learning along with the local community, incorporated many views into the work. Maidenform generously donated 200 bras for the artwork. All proceeds from the sale of the decorated bras will go directly to the American Cancer Society to aid in breast cancer research.
John Prendergast - October 20, 2008 4:30pm – Higley Auditorium
Ending Sexual Violence Against Women in the Congo
John Prendergast is Co-Chair of the “Enough Project”, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Clinton administration, John was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special advisor at the Department of State. John has also worked for members of Congress, the United Nations, human rights organizations, and think tanks, as well as having been a youth counselor and basketball coach in the United States. Co-sponsored by Laura C. Harris Symposium and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
SOAPBOX! - October 27, 2008 4:30pm – Campus Commons
Public orations by Printmaking As Activism Students in conjunction with opening outdoor exhibition of VOTE posters created by Printmaking as Activism Students. Sponsored by the Studio Art Program, Alford Center for Service-Learning and the Laura C. Harris Symposium.
One-in-Four RV Tour - December 4, 2008 4:30pm – Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do
One in four college women have survived rape or attempted rape. Statistics can change, men can help.
The Words and the Music IV, Printmakers As Activist: What’s Goin’ On Now - January 19-February 19, 2009 – Campus Commons
Posters Inspired by the Songs of Marvin Gaye and The Issues That Connect Our Past to Our Present
In conjunction with Denison’s 2009 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, “The Words and the Music IV, Printmakers as Activist: What’s Goin’ On Now” is opening as an exhibition on the Campus Commons. The exhibition of 17 large scale banners created by students in the Studio Art, Women’s Studies and John W. Alford Center of Service-Learning course “Printmaking as Activism: Print Design, Dissent and Activism” taught this past semester will be on display from January 19-February 19, 2009.
Notes From A Pullman Porter’s Daughter - January 28 & January 29, 2009 8:00pm – Ace Morgan Theatre
Notes from a Pullman Porter’s Daughter is based on autobiographical materials, tracing JoAnne Henry’s struggle to become an artist, a scholar, and an activist. This work explores the intersections of creativity and the Sacred with the artist’s passion for social justice. Informed by Black Feminist thought, Womanist Theology, and Feminist Performance strategies, the work weaves narrative with popular music across several decades—including Freedom Songs, rock, hymns, and folk music.
Clara Ramona and Company - January 31, 2009 8:00pm – The Midland Theatre, Newark
Sangre Flamenca En Gira
Clara Ramona, an esteemed Spanish dancer and flamenco artist with a profound respect for tradition and a liberal and accommodating attitude towards modernism, breathes life to both pure and energizing flamenco and has thus gained recognition for her original stage productions. Sangre Flamenca En Gira showcases an array of authentic and traditional Spanish dances and flamenco with a cast of gifted and multi-talented musicians from around the world and Clara Ramona’s dancers.
Human Rights Film Festival
These films cover a range of human rights issues from rape of women in the Congo, freedom of expression and association in Russia, economic and social rights in China, and ethical and moral responsibility during military service in Israel.
February 3, 2009 - The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo
Shot in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this film brings to light the plight of women and girls caught in that country’s intractable conflicts. A survivor of rape herself, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson, travels through the DRC to understand what is happening and why. The film features interviews with activists, peacekeepers, physicians, and even the indifferent rapists. But the most remarkable moments of the film come as survivors recount their personal stories—inspiring examples of resilience, resistance, courage and grace. Special Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival 2008.
February 10, 2009 - Letter to Anna
Anna Politkovskaya was a brave and tenacious journalist for one of Russia's only independent journals, Novaya Gazeta. Anna used her journalist platform to strongly criticize Russian military actions in Chechnya. On October 7, 2006, she was shot dead in the stairwell of her Moscow apartment building. A few years before her untimely death, filmmaker Eric Bergkraut met Politkovskaya and filmed some powerful, frank interviews with the late reporter. In Letter to Anna these are interwoven with a tantalizing search for her likely killers and insightful contributions from colleagues and loved ones. Narrated by Susan Sarandon.
February 17, 2009 - Up the Yangtze
A symbol of China’s economic prowess, the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world’s largest, and China’s biggest engineering feat since the Great Wall. It also represents the end to a way of life and livelihood for two million people along the Yangtze. Among those being forced to relocate are the Yu family who decide to send their oldest daughter Yu Shui to work on a cruise ship. Working for the same cruise line is Chen Bo Yu, the only son from a middle class family. Both struggle with the demands of a changing China, their jobs and the need to operate in a Western social environment.
February 24, 2009 - To See If I'm Smiling
Israel is the only country in the world where 18-year-old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. The women in the film, veterans who have tried to bury the past for years, finally speak openly about their experiences. Deeply personal interviews are dramatically interwoven with both archival footage and details of the women’s daily lives. At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this powerful film explores the ways that gender, ethics, and moral responsibility intersect during war.
Sponsors: International Studies, Lilly Fund, McGregor Connection, Student Activities, Foresman Fund, Multicultural Student Affairs, International Student Services, Laura C. Harris Fund, Political Science, Denison Museum
Rackie Diankha Diallo - February 10, 2009 4:30pm – Chamberlin Lodge 204
Rackie is a mixed media artist from Dakar, Senegal whose work deals with female identity. She is an artist and activist for young women’s education in Dakar. She graduated first in her class from Senegal’s National Fine Arts School and has since exhibited in venues in Europe and Africa. She was recently the recipient of the prestigious international Ma Afrika award. This event is co-sponsored by Laura C. Harris Fund and Vail Visiting Artists
Julianne Malveaux - February 16, 2009 4:30pm – Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
To Excite Dissatisfaction: Black Studies and the Contemporary Liberal Curriculum
Recognized for her progressive and insightful observations, Dr. Malveaux is also an economist, author and commentator. Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender, and their economic impacts, are shaping public opinion in 21st century America.
Power to Pleasing: The Sex Lives of Teenage Girls
February 23 & 24, 2009 7:00 & 9:00pm – Shorney Hall 4th Floor Women’s Restroom
February 27, 2009 7:00pm – Burke Ground Floor Women’s Restroom
February 28, 2009 11:00am – Burke Ground Floor Women’s Restroom
Why do girls often go from a place of power to one where pleasing their friends and the opposite sex is paramount? The show holds up a mirror to contemporary issues affecting teenage girls in a unique, creative style of site-specific theater where the audience is literally part of the event in the intimacy of the Women’s bathroom. This show, produced by Giving Voice Productions has been performed over 70 times in various venues.
Lynn Dumenil - March 2, 2009 4:30pm – Higley Hall Auditorium
Women, World War, and the Emergence of Modern America
Lynn Dumenil is a Robert Glass Cleland Professor of American History at Occidental College. She specializes in U.S. cultural and social history since the Civil War. Dumenil is author of The Modern Temper: American Culture and Society in the 1920s (1995) and Freemasonry and American Culture, 1880-1930 (1984); and coauthor of Through Women’s Eyes: An American History. She is currently studying American women and World War I.
Chuck D and Gaye Theresa Johnson - April 1, 2009 7:00pm – Swasey Chapel
Hip-Hop in the New Millennium
Chuck D is the founder and lead rapper for Public Enemy, considered to be one of the most influential hip-hop groups of our time. Public Enemy was known for its progressive soundscapes and sophisticated, politically-astute lyrics. Their discography of hit albums is extensive. Chuck D will co-present with his wife, Black Studies Professor Gaye Theresa Johnson, whose own work on social movements, identity, and U.S. cultural history with an emphasis on music is widely respected in the academic community. Johnson is currently teaching at Stanford University and U.C. Santa Barbara. She has published several articles and recently completed a book manuscript titled “The Future Has a Past: Politics, Music and Memory in Afro-Chicano Los Angeles.” This event is co-sponsored by Black Studies, the McGregor Connections Initiative, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, History Department, Sharpe Fund, Communication Department, Laura C. Harris Symposium and the Black Student Union.
Stacy Nadeau - April 9, 2009 7:00pm – Slayter Auditorium
Embracing Real Beauty
Involvement with the Campaign for Real Beauty, Stacy Nadeau is a brave Dove “Real Women” who stood proudly along with five other women in her underwear in the summer of 2005 as part of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. This campaign and the “real Women” ads which celebrated the diversity of body shapes and sizes generated national attention when they hit billboards from coast to coast. Stacy and the other women truly brought the mission of the Campaign for Real Beauty to life which is to make more women feel beautiful everyday by widening today’s stereotypical view of beauty and inspiring women to take great care of themselves. Co-sponsored by Active Minds and the Laura C. Harris Fund.
Saskia Sassen - April 13, 2009 4:30pm – Slayter Auditorium
Global Nor National: The World’s Third Spaces
Saskia Sassen is a Professor of Sociology in the Committee on Global Thought at Columbus University. Her much-cited work on global cities, immigration, and technology networks in a globalized world is internationally renowned. She has authored several books on global cities, including Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages (2006), Digital Formations: New Architectures for Global Order (2005) with Robert Latham, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo (2001), and Globalization and its Discontents: Essays on the New Mobility of People and Money (1998). Co-sponsored by the Laura C. Harris Fund, Women’s Studies, and the McGregor Connections Initiative.
Jessica Valenti - April 21, 2009 7:30pm – Slayter Auditorium
Jessica is a 28 year-old feminist writer from New York. She has a Masters degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University and has worked with organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice America, Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund), Planned Parenthood, the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and Ms. magazine. She is also a co-founder of the REAL hot 100, a campaign to highlight the important work that young women are doing across the country. Jessica is the editor of Beijing Betrayed, a global monitoring report on women's progress worldwide and a contributing author to We Don't Need Another Wave and Single State of the Union (Seal Press). Her writing has appeared in Ms. magazine, Salon, The Guardian (UK), Bitch, Alternet, The Scholar & Feminist and Guernica. In April 2007, Jessica was named one of ELLE magazine's IntELLEgentsia. She is the author of two books, Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters, and He's a Stud, She's a Slut...and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know. She's also a co-editor of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape. Her newest book, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women, will be out in Spring 2009. This event is co-sponsored by Women’s Emphasis, Campus and Residential Life, Student Activities, and Laura C. Harris Symposium.
All events are free and open to the public
Feminism and War, Feminism and Peace: 2007-2008 Laura C. Harris Symposium
Arab Theatrical Guild - September 21-22, 2007 - Doane Dance Studio
9 Parts of Desire
Sarab Kamoo, a highly-talented equity actress, plays nine different women reflecting upon the Iraq wars in a series of dramatic monologues. The range of ages and attitudes she assumes is a stunning achievement. Body language, vocalization and intonation are singular for each character; and Kamoo moves back and forth among them and their stories with seamless efficiency. The title of the play is an allusion to the teachings of a seventh-century Iman: "God created sexual desire in ten parts; then he gave nine parts to women and one part to men."
Karen Alkalay-Gut - September 24, 2007 - 4:30 pm Barney Davis Board Room
In addition to a biography of the poet Adelaide Crapsey, Alkalay-Gut has published numerous articles on modern American poetry, Victorian literature and fiction, as well as studies of Rock music and poetry. Her poetry publications include a number of books in English--most recently In My Skin (Sivan, 2000), The Love of Clothes and Nakedness (Sivan, 1999), High Maintenance (Neamh, 2001), and So Far So Good (Sivan, 2004.)
Cindy Sheehan - October 4, 2007 - 4:30 pm Slayter Auditorium
Fall Keynote Speaker
Cindy Sheehan first met the media spotlight in the summer of 2005, when she camped near the Crawford, Texas home of President George W. Bush in protest against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. A resident of Vacaville, California, Sheehan is the mother of Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a war casualty who was killed outside of Baghdad in 2004, soon after being deployed in Iraq. In August of 2005, Cindy Sheehan announced that she would camp near the president's ranch until he agreed to talk to her about the U.S. policy in Iraq. Specifically, Sheehan called for the removal of U.S. troops and railed against Bush for misleading Americans into a war. To opponents of the war, Sheehan's personal tragedy gave her the moral authority to serve as the face of the anti-war movement. Supporters of the war, however, accused Sheehan of aiding and abetting the enemy and dishonoring the memory of her son. Her vigil in Texas drew both groups -- protesters and counter-protesters -- as well as national media coverage. President Bush, vacationing in Crawford, refused to meet with Sheehan, explaining that to remove troops from Iraq would be a mistake and that he needed to "go on" with his life. Sheehan then moved her protests to Washington, D.C., where she was arrested during an anti-war demonstration outside the White House in September 2005. She was arrested again in January 2006 and charged with unlawful conduct after displaying an anti-war slogan while attending President Bush's State of the Union address; the charges were dropped the next day.
One In Four RV tour - October 29-31, 2007
One in Four, Inc is an organization dedicated to prevent rape by the thoughtful application of theory and research to rape prevention programming. One in Four provides presentations, training, and technical assistance to men and women, with a focus on all-male programming targeted toward colleges, high schools, the military, and local community organizations. One in Four advocates the use of a comprehensive approach to rape prevention that includes many research-based efforts. Based on a commitment to apply theory and research to their programs, they use and advocate the use of "The Men's Program." This program is a one hour workshop titled "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do." Published research shows that this unique program has the dual benefit of educating men how to help women recover from a rape experience while lowering men's rape myth acceptance and their self-reported likelihood of raping.
Anuradha Bhagwati - November 8-9, 2007 - 4:30 pm Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
A former US Marine, Anuradha Bhagwati has recently stated "I joined the Marines in 1999 and I left in 2004 when I realized that my conscience and my values could no longer allow me to serve in uniform." She has since worked at Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND) in East Jerusalem, assisting in providing human rights training to Palestinian forces as part of a project to help the transition of the Palestinian National Authority to democratic law. As a student at the Kennedy School of Government and a member of Iraq Veterans against the War, she co-founded the Palestine Awareness Committee. She is particularly vocal about the pressures within the military that restrict dissenting voices, including peer pressure and the internal guilt of "abandoning" your fellow troops.
Dafitir Exhibition - November 30, 2007-March 7, 2008 - Denison University Museum
This traveling exhibit was organized by Dr. Nada Shabout, University of North Texas assistant professor of art history, and a leading world authority on contemporary art from her native country of Iraq. Works in the exhibit are from the collection of Dia al-Azzawi, an artist living and working in London who has made a great impact on the development of book art in modern Iraq.
Francine D'Amico - January 28, 2008 - 4:30 pm Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Having earned a PhD from Cornell University, Francine D'Amico currently teaches at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Political Science. Her forthcoming work titled Breaking Ranks: Women in Military, Police, & Fire Services Worldwide, examines the experiences of women in three gender non-traditional occupations in a variety of cultural contexts. Her areas of interest include war and peace in a nuclear age, comparative political parties and social movements, race and gender in world politics, and critical international relations.
Carol Cohn - February 4-8, 2008 - 4:30 pm Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Carol Cohn is the executive director of the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights and senior research scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also serves as a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College. Her recent research has focused on mainstreaming gender into peace and security organizations, as well as feminist ethical perspectives on weapons of mass destruction, as well as gender and international security, with a specific interest in weapons of mass destruction. Her current research, supported by the Ford Foundation, examines gender mainstreaming in international security institutions, including the passage and implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325.
Spike Peterson - February 13, 2008 - 4:30 pm Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Spike Peterson joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 1990 where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Political Science, with courtesy appointments in Women's Studies, Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, and International Studies. Her most recent book, A Critical Rewriting of Global Political Economy: Reproductive, Productive and Virtual Economies (2003), introduces an alternative analytics for examining intersections of ethnicity/race, class, gender and national hierarchies in the context of today's globalizing--and polarizing--dynamics. She has published more than fifty journal articles, reviews and book chapters on the topics of feminist international relations theory, global political economy, nationalism, democratization, heterosexism, human rights, and critical postmodernist and feminist theory.
Cynthia Enloe - February 27, 2008 - 4:30 pm Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Spring Keynote Speaker
Enloe's feminist teaching and research has focused on the interplay of women's politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women's labor is made cheap in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and how women's emotional and physical labor has been used to support governments' war-waging policies--and how many women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic, and national identities and pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities have been common threads throughout her studies. In recent years, Enloe has been invited to lecture and give special seminars on feminism, militarization, and globalization in Japan, Korea, Turkey, Canada, Britain and numerous colleges across the U.S. She has written for Ms. Magazine and Village Voice and has appeared on National Public Radio and the BBC. She serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.
Mervat Hatem - April 4, 2008 - 4:30 pm Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Mervat F. Hatem, Ph.D. is a Professor of Political Science at Howard University in Washington D.C. Her substantive research interests include gender and politics in the Middle East and feminist critiques of international relations. She has published articles in journals including Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Middle East Reports, Arab Studies Journal, Feminist Studies, Feminist Issues, Women's Studies International Forum, JMEWS: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, Hawwa: Journal of Women in the Middle East and Islamic Societies, and MIT EJMES. Her latest publication dealing with international issues and concerns is titled "U.S. Discourses on the War on Terrorism in the U.S. and Its Views of the Arab, Muslim, and Gendered 'Other,'" Arab Studies Journal (2004).
Gendered Borders: 2006-2007 Laura C. Harris Symposium
Gayatri Reddy - September 21, 2006 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Sexuality and its Discontents: Hijras and the Negotiation of Social Differences in South India
Gayatri Reddy, University of Illinois at Chicago, studies the intersections of sexuality, gender, health, and the politics of subject-formation in India, and more recently, within the immigrant South Asian queer community in the U.S. She will discuss her ethnographic work with the hijras, the so-called ‘third sex’ of India, along with questions of sexual difference, sexuality, and their intersections with religion, race, ethnicity, and class in South Asia and its diaspora.
Lila Abu-Lughod - October 5, 2006 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
The Debate on Gender, Religion and Human Rights: Questions from a Middle East Anthropologist
Dr. Abu-Lughod, Columbia University, is a distinguished and highly regarded scholar of gender and the Middle East. She will speak about gender in the Arab world and the contemporary politics of Middle Eastern feminism. Her work asks questions about the role of the media and the “cultural production of nations.” Issues of national identification, violent disruption, and memory are at the center of her current work as she focuses on the Palestinian experience of the 1948 War.
Teatro Luna - October 11, 2006 - 8:00pm, Slayter Union, Third Floor
Teatro Luna tackles the complicated and often hilarious relationship between gender, culture and the very thing our Abuelas made us promise we’d never do (at least not before we were married). From nine year old girls looking for the placentas to a 27 year old woman struggling with whether or not to keep the child she has conceived with her African-American boyfriend to the relationship between sex, video games and Trader Joe’s, the stories in S-E-X-Oh! Move discussion about Latina sexuality beyond the Virgin/Whore dichotomy portrayed not just in the popular media, but in our own homes as well.
Ruth Behar - October 30, 2006 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
In Search of the Jews of Cuba: Stories and Images
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in New York City. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Wesleyan University. Latina Magazine named her, in 1999, one of 50 Latinas who made history in the twentieth century. Behar has worked as an ethnographer in Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. She is the author of several books on culture and art by Cubans on the island and in the diaspora. She is also known for her essays, poetry, fiction and work as a filmmaker.
Sharon Holland - November 1, 2006 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
The African Diaspora in Indian Country
Sharon Holland, Northwestern University, has garnered many awards for her scholarship and teaching. Her books, Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: The African Diaspora in Indian Country (forthcoming book, 2006), and Raising the Dead: Death and (Black) Subjectivity in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture (Duke University Press) have explored questions of identity in American culture. She will speak to the African diaspora in Indian Country in the U.S.
Compagnie Tche Tche - November 6, 2006 - 5:00pm, Doane Dance, Upper Studio
“Dimi” – Women’s Sorrow’
Compagnie Tche Tche focuses on the role of women in contemporary African society. In “Dimi”, translated as “Women’s Sorrow”, artistic director Beatrice Kombe explores the complexities of contemporary African women. “Dimi” deals with the inner conflicts of a generation familiar with social injustice, repressive morality, and patriarchal structures. This work features four dancers accompanied by live musicians playing the Fulani flute and keyboards. Each dancer brings her own experience to the stage and provides a glimpse of the struggle each endured as women growing up in an unstable urban environment.
Naicco Native Performers - November 9, 2006 - 7:30pm, Slayter Union, Third Floor
This group is one arm of the Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio whose mission includes cultural preservation, advocacy and service. Their performance will illustrate the ritualization of American Indian dance and drumming while offering an opportunity to see intersections, and cultural influences between Native American and African cultures. This performance relates to Dr. Holland’s November 1st discussion of African and American Indian cultural intersections.
Lina Meruane - November 15, 2006 - 4:30pm, Higley Auditorium
Out of Bonds
Lina Meruane is a highly regarded Chilean writer, journalist and columnist for Satiago de Chile’s daily El Mercuriio. She has written three novels, a host of short stories, and been granted a Guggenheim fellowship for her work. In recent years she has been invited to read her work at the Latino American Round Table in New York, Cornell University, Washington University, Barnard College and the University of Oregon.
Christina Rivera-Garza - January 29, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Writing (and Seeing) Mad Bodies in Mexican History: Views from the City and from the Asylum
Rivera-Garza won the prestigious 2002 Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize for her novel No One Will See Me Cry (Curbstone Press, 2003). The prize is named for Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a 17th-century Mexican nun often described as the first feminist in the Americas. Author Carlos Fuentes said of Rivera-Garza’s work, “No One Will See Me Cry is one of the most beautiful and perturbing novels ever written in Mexico”.
Donna Guy - February 1, 2007 - 4:30pm, Olin Auditorium
Myths and Realities of Latin American Sexualities
Donna Guy is the author of numerous books and articles. Her books include White Slavery and Mothers Alive and Dead: The Troubled Meeting of Sex, Gender, Public Health and Progress in Latin America (2000), From Private Acts to Public Identities: Teaching the History of Sexuality Since the Eighteenth Center (2000), El sexo peligroso, La prostitucion legal en Buenos Aires, 1875-1955 (1994), and Sex and Danger in Buenos Aires: Prostitution, Family, and Nationa in Argentina (1991). Her articles have appeared in Latin American Research Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Journal of Women’s History, Business history Review, Gender and History, and Business History Review.
Guadalupe Santa Cruz - Feburary 7, 2007 - 4:00pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Writing on Space as a Body
Chilean writer and visual artist, she has published five novels Salir (Exit), Cita Capital (Capital Citation), El Contagio (Contagiousness), Los Conversos (Converts) and Plasma, which received the Atenea award in 2006. She has authored numerous articles and essays on the intersection of language, gender and power, and on memory and urban imaginaries, as well as texts on Chilean artistic production.
Maria JoseBarbosa - February 8, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Expressive Cultures of Brazil in the Context of the African Diaspora
Associate Professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, she specializes in Brazilian Literature and Culture, and the Portuguese language.
Isabel Alvarez Borland - February 15, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Images of History: Ana Menendez and Cabrera Infante
Isabel Alvarez Borland is Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the author of Cuban American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona and of Discontinuidad y ruptura en Guillermo Cabrera Infante.
Maxine Hong Kingston - February 20, 2007 - 4:30pm, Slayter Auditorium
Woman, Peacemaker - Keynote Address
Kingston is recognized for her epic novels that detail the experiences of first-generation Chinese Americans. Her most recognized work is also her first published, Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood among Ghosts, which received the National Book Critic's Circle Award for nonfiction. As a culmination of her week-long residency, she will present the Keynote address for this year’s Laura C. Harris Gendered Borders symposium.
Alison Jagger, Virginia Held, And Fiona Robinson-Feminist Ethics Panel - February 22, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Feminist ethics has emerged as one of the most vibrant areas of value theory. This panel, featuring three distinguished scholars of feminist ethics, will discuss conceptual issues with regard to borders of the moral domain, borders of the (gendered) subject, and borders of ethical communities and groups. Virginia Held is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York, Graduate School. Alison Jagger is Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fiona Robinson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton University.
James Green - March 6, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Gender Benders and Campy Queens: The Homosexual Appropriation of Brazilian Carnival
Jamison "James" Green is an internationally respected leader within the Transgender Movement. A dynamic speaker and compelling writer, James has appeared in ten documentary films and received every major award given by the largest national transgender organizations. He is an acknowledged inspiration for thousands of people, transsexual and non-transsexual alike.
Jill Giman/thinkdance Residency March 22-31, 2007
Founded in 1998, Jill Sigman/thinkdance uses body as a medium to make people think, question, and interpret. Cinematic images, idiosyncratic movement, and attention to detail mix to create edgy dance that stimulates emotion and reflection. The company presents solos, group work, and inter-disciplinary collaborations, with an emphasis on one-woman shows. Known as a compelling solo performer, Jill Sigman transforms simple actions like standing on her head, sliding down the stairs, or eating hot pink roses into complex statements about self, society and human experience.
S. Ravi Shankar March 19-30, 2007
Human Breathing Yoga Residency
S. Ravi Shankar, highly regarded Yoga practitioner in Chennai India, will visit Denison for a two-week residency which provides an introduction into Indian beliefs about the mind-body connection. Mr. Shankar’s series of events will include workshops on yogic breathing and vedic chanting, a five-day program to help participants develop an on-going yogic practice, and a reading group. Mr. Shankar and his wife, Sheela, are students of T.K.V. Desikachar, one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. Through their center in Chennia, Yoga Nidhi, they teach individuals and provide corporate healthcare solutions.
Reverend Peter Gomes - March 27, 2007 - 7:30pm, Swasey Chapel
Widely regarded as one of America’s most distinguished preachers, Professor Gomes has fulfilled preaching and lecturing engagements throughout the United States and Great Britain. He was named Clergy of the year in 1998 by Religion and American Life. His New York Times and national best-selling books, The Good Book: Reading the Bible with Mind and Heart and Sermons, the Book of Wisdom for Daily Living, were published by William Morrow & Co., He has published in total ten volumes of sermons, as well as numerous articles and papers. As an openly gay member of the clergy, Reverend Gomes has become an advocate for wider acceptance of homosexuality in our society.
Catherine Lugg - April 4, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Life after Lawrence: No Longer Criminals, But Are We Citizens?
Catherina A. Lugg, Rutgers University, will discuss the impact of the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas. In a 6-3 decision the Court ruled that laws barring consensual sodomy were unconstitutional. Legal scholar David Garrow has described the ruling as more sweeping than Roe v. Wade and declared Lawrence “may be one of the two most important opinions in the last 100 years”. Lugg argues that, as in the aftermath of the Brown v Board of Education ruling, states have yet to reshape their laws to comport with Lawrence. She considers the significance of Life after Lawrence for educational policy.
Nada Shabout - April 10, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Gender, Creativity and War: Iraqi Women Artists
Nada Shabout is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Texas with a background in architecture, fine arts, and the humanities. Her area of specialization and scholarship are in modern and contemporary Arab art and cross-cultural studies. Her area of current research is contemporary Iraqi art.
Adje Al-Ali - April 11, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Iraqi Women and Gender Relations Between Dictatorship, Wars, Economic Sanctions, and Occupation
An acclaimed expert and author on women and gender issues in Iraq, Dr. Ali is a Senior Lecturer at University of Exeter (UK) and the author of Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East: The Egyptian Women’s Movement.
Nada Shabout and Nadje Al-Ali Panel Discussion April 12, 2007
Building on the themes from their individual convocations, these two experts on gender in the Middle East will present a joint discussion on Iraqi women culture in the region.
Diana Chaviano - April 13, 2007 - 4:30pm, Higley Auditorium
Exile, National Identity, and Gender
Daina Chaviano’s work is characterized by the exploration of mythical and psychological themes. The trinity of magic-science-religion is a vital pillar of her literature. With it, she explores situations and phenomena that are obviously conflicting in nature, but whose external manifestations can be confused (e.g. clairvoyance and telepathy, reincarnation and genetic memory, alien creatures and mythological beings). Chaviano’s peculiar way of exploiting this bond between fantasy and science fiction creates a very personal style that allows her to explore hidden zones of the human conscience, history and society
Uma Narayan - April 17, 2007 - 4:30pm, Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Microcredits for Third World Women: A Critical Perspective - Keynote Address
As the author of Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism, Narayan disputes feminism as a solely Western notion, while challenging assumptions that East Indian feminism is based on Western models. Additionally, Narayan holds that the charges of what constitutes” Westernization” need to be radically re-examined. Narayan coedited Reconstructing Policical Theory: Feminist Perspectives with Mary L. Shanley, Having and Raising Children with Julia Bartkowiak and Decentering the Center: Postcolonial and Feminist Challenges to Philosophy with Sandra Harding. She is a professor at Vassar College on the Andrew c. Mellon Chair of Humanities.
2005-2006 Laura C. Harris Symposium
Gender and The Body
Eve Ensler September 19, 2005 - 4:00 p.m., Slayter Auditorium
Eve Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence against women. She is the Obie-Award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, a play celebrating women’s sexuality and strength and based on Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. Her most recent work, The Good Body, addresses why women of all cultures and backgrounds - whether undergoing Botox injections or living beneath burkhas - feel compelled to change the way they look in order to fit in, to be accepted, to be good. Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues has been translated into over 35 languages and has been performed in theaters all over the world. Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.
Anne Fausto-Stegrling October 18, 2005 - 4:30 p.m., Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Anne Fausto-Sterling is Professor of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University. She serves as Chair of the Faculty Committee on Science & Technology Studies. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she has received grants and fellowships in both the sciences and the humanities. Author of scientific publications in developmental genetics and developmental ecology, Fausto-Sterling has achieved recognition for works that challenge entrenched scientific beliefs. Her most recent work, Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000), examines the social nature of biological knowledge about animal and human sexuality. A biologist and feminist, Fausto-Sterling once wrote that we should dump our two-sex system in favor of five.
Emily Martin March 29, 2006 - 4:30 p.m., Burton Morgan Lecture Hall
Dr. Emily Martin is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. Her research interests include anthropology of science and medicine, gender, money and other measures of value, the ethnography of work in China and the U.S. She has taught in the departments of Anthropology at Princeton and Johns Hopkins University. Martin’s book, entitled Flexible Bodies: Tracking Immunity in American Culture from the Days of Polio to the Age of AIDS (1994), explores American’s understanding of health and immunity by showing how the ideal of “flexibility” shapes everything from immunology research to fitness training. Martin’s earlier work, Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction (1987, revised 2001) explores the different ways that women’s reproduction is viewed by science, society and greater American culture.
Dr. Kathya Araujo October 31-November 9, 2005
Psychoanalysis, Feminism & Culture
Director of Psychoanalysis, Gender Studies Program
Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiniano
Women in LatinAmerica November 3, 2005 - 4:30-5:30pm, Shepardson College Room
Redemocratization Process: Truth or Fiction? November 8, 2005 - 1:30-2:30pm, Shepardson College Room
Women’s Studies Programs in Latin America: November 10, 2005
Between Misrecognition & Desire - 4:30-5:30pm, Shepardson College Room
Faculty Reading Group
Sexing the Body by Anne Fausto-Sterling October 13, 2005 - 11:30am-1:00pm, Shepardson College Room
The Shape of Things September 30, October 1,4,5,6,7,&8 - 8:00pm, Burke Black Box
Boldly Expressive! Music by Women October 30, 2005 - 3:00pm, Burke Recital Hall
Textiles of the Burma Hills September 23 thru December 11, 2005 - 5:30-7:30pm, Burke Hall Art Gallery
Around the World and Back Again: September 23 thru December 11, 2005 - 5:30-7:30pm, Burke Hall Art Gallery