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Laura C. Harris Series

Upcoming Events

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Burton D. Morgan Center, Room 115
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Burton D. Morgan Center, Room 115
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.
  • Joan 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.
  • Angela Davis is Professor of Feminist Studies and Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Well-known for her activism, especially in the Civil Rights Movement, she focuses her work on women's, gender, and racial equity and abolishing the prison-industrial complex.
About the Series

Laura C. Harris

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 a 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 Series 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

2017 - 2018

The Laura C. Harris Symposium presents "Activating/Performance\Activism" with scholar-in-residence Gabrielle Civil.

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The Laura C. Harris Symposium presents "Yours for Humanity - Abby," a one-woman play based on the letters and speeches of Abby Kelley Foster.

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The Laura C. Harris Series holds a workshop for students with Rachel Marco-Havens and local activists Carol Apacki, Rita Kipp, and Ceciel Shaw.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes the author of "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA."

Gabrielle Civil, Denison University's Laura C. Harris Scholar-in-Residence, gives a solo performance titled "Q&A: Gabrielle Civil in Performance."

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The Laura C. Harris Series presents a panel discussion featuring transnational feminist scholars.

2016 - 2017

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Elder Madonna Thunder Hawk discusses the current political climate on a national and global scale.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Harvard professor Rajani Kanth presenting "Reexaming (Euro) Modernist Idylls: The Ignis Fatuus of Democracy."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes American critical theorist and feminist Nancy Fraser.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Patrisse Khan-Cullors, presenting an original production titled "POWER: From the Mouths of the Occupied."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Sister Simone Campbell to discuss bridging the political and economic divide in America.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Kathy Crutcher, executive director of Shout Mouse Press, to give a reading of young writers' books.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Brittney Cooper presenting "#SayHerName: Toward a Gender Inclusive Movement for Black Lives."

2015 - 2016

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Columbia professor Mae Ngai.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader and former political prisoner Ericka Huggins.

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The Denison Museum presents "Ar·ti·facts: Abortion Stories and Histories" by Melissa Madera, Laura C. Harris Fellow.

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Activist Angela Davis visits Denison.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Linda Kerber presenting a lecture, "Can the Fourteenth Amendment Defend Itself?'"

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The Laura C. Harris Series and Beck Series welcome author Peter Slevin as he discusses his book, "Unstacking the Deck: The Rise of Michelle Obama."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Dr. Castle, Jill Doerfler, Sarah Deer and Madonna Thunder Hawk for a panel discussion.

2014 - 2015

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Rebecca Hains presenting "Girl Culture, Empowerment, and Consumerism: From Girl Power to Princess Culture."

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The Laura C. Harris Series and the Beck Series welcome author Randa Jarrar presenting a lecture, "Mapping Home."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Celia Williamson and James Marsh presenting a lecture about human trafficking and prostitution.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes author Ruth Nichole Brown presenting "The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood: A Performance Lecture."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Zama Coursen-Neff, the executive director of the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch.

2013 - 2014

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Dyan Mazurana.

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes a panel discussion with Laila Farrah, Ann Russo and Cricket Keating on "Paths to Transformation."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Laila Farah performing "'Mapping the Struggle: Arab Feminist Resistance."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Linda Alcoff and Laura Gray-Rosendale presenting "College Girl: Telling our Transgressive Survivor Stories."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Laura Gray-Rosendale presenting a reading from 'College Girl: A Memoir.'

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Jack Halberstam presenting "Gaga Feminism."

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The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes M. Jacqui Alexander presenting "On Border Crossings, Feminism, Transnationalism and You.'

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Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Hanna Rosin, founder and co-editor of DoubleX, Slate's women's section as she presents:"The End of Men."