Laura C. Harris Symposium

Here are just a few notable speakers from past years: 
  • Alia Malek 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.
  • Seyla Benhabibis the Eugene Mayer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and director of the program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and a well-known contemporary philosopher. She is the author of several books, most notably about the philosophers Hannah Arendt and Jürgen Habermas.
  • Dr. Roughgardenis Adjunct Professor at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, and a Professor of Biology, Emerita at the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford.  She received her Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University.  She has also been Associate Editor or Co-Editor since 2008 of Philosophy and Theory in Biology.
  • Gill Wright Miller Associate Professor at Denison University, received her B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance from Denison University, her M.A. degree in Movement Studies from Wesleyan University, and her Ph.D. degree in Dance and Women's Studies from New York University.
About the Series 

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.

Series Archives

2016

‘A Nun on a Bus’ (67818)
October 27, 2016
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Sister Simone Campbell to discuss bridging the political and economic divide in America.
Mentor of Young Writers (67819)
October 10, 2016
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Kathy Crutcher, executive director of Shout Mouse Press, to give a reading of young writers' books.
Gender inclusion and black feminism (66903)
September 8, 2016
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Brittney Cooper presenting "#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Black Lives."
Columbia Professor Mae Ngai (65271)
March 24, 2016
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Columbia professor Mae Ngai.
Activist Ericka Huggins (49966)
March 1, 2016
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader and former political prisoner Ericka Huggins.
‘Ar·ti·facts’ exhibition by Melissa Madera (64890)
February 29, 2016
The Denison Museum presents "Ar·ti·facts: Abortion Stories and Histories" by Melissa Madera, Laura C. Harris Fellow.
Artist Talk with Melissa Madera (64748)
February 25, 2016
The Artist Talk with Melissa Madera and opening for Denison Museum exhibition.
Activist Angela Davis (64685)
February 11, 2016
Activist Angela Davis visits Denison.

2015

'Can the 14th Amendment Defend Itself?' (47585)
October 20, 2015
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Linda Kerber presenting a lecture, "Can the Fourteenth Amendment Defend Itself?'"
Discussing 'The Rise of Michelle Obama' (48191)
October 5, 2015
The Laura C. Harris Symposium and Beck Lecture Series welcome author Peter Slevin as he discusses and reads from his book, "Unstacking the Deck: The Rise of Michelle Obama."
February 26, 2015
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Rebecca Hains presenting "Girl Culture, Empowerment, and Consumerism: From Girl Power to Princess Culture."
February 5, 2015
The Laura C. Harris Symposium and the Beck Lecture Series welcome author Randa Jarrar presenting a lecture, "Mapping Home."
Citizenship, Identity and Indigeneity (47580)
January 1, 2015
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Elizabeth Castle, Jill Doerfler, Sarah Deer and Madonna Thunder Hawk as they present a panel discussion on "Citizenship, Identity and Indigeneity'." The Laura C. Harris Symposium theme this year is 'Citizenship.'

2014

Civil rights and child trafficking (38009)
October 9, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Celia Williamson and James Marsh presenting a lecture about human trafficking and prostitution.
'Black Girlhood Celebration' (38430)
September 30, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes author Ruth Nichole Brown presenting "The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood: A Performance Lecture."
Children's rights (38403)
September 16, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Zama Coursen-Neff, the executive director of the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch.
Feminists ask, 'What if...?' (38811)
March 13, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Dyan Mazurana.
'Paths to Transformation' (38719)
February 27, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes a panel discussion with Laila Farrah, Ann Russo and Cricket Keating on "Paths to Transformation."
Arab feminist resistance (38717)
February 26, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Laila Farah performing "'Mapping the Struggle: Arab Feminist Resistance."
Transgressive survivor stories (38673)
February 13, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Linda Alcoff and Laura Gray-Rosendale presenting "College Girl: Telling our Transgressive Survivor Stories."
'College Girl: A Memoir' (38675)
February 13, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Laura Gray-Rosendale presenting a reading from 'College Girl: A Memoir.'
"Gaga Feminism"  (38619)
January 30, 2014
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Jack Halberstam presenting "Gaga Feminism."

2013

Meditations on feminism (38495)
October 9, 2013
The Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes M. Jacqui Alexander presenting "On Border Crossings, Feminism, Transnationalism and You.'
'The End of Men' (38466)
September 26, 2013
Laura C. Harris Symposium welcomes Hanna Rosin, founder and co-editor of DoubleX, Slate's women's section as she presents:"The End of Men."