Laura C. Harris Series

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.

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Series Archives

2022 - 2023

Thiossane West African Dance Institute

The Laura C. Harris Series is excited to welcome the Thiossane West African Dance Institute.

The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Jessie Hill, Alana Jochum and Michele Storms presenting a virtual discussion.

2021 - 2022

Black Snake Rising

Join us as we welcome visiting artist RYAN! Feddersen, creator of 'Black Snake Rising,' currently on view at the Denison Museum through May 13, 2022.

Red Sky

Denison University’s Dance Department, Laura C. Harris Series and Vail Series presents Red Sky Performance.

"They Are Still Talking"

Denison University’s Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Maura García and Ahyoka Youngdeer.

Black Snake Rising

The Denison Museum presents “Black Snake Rising” by RYAN! Feddersen

Will Wilson, Insurgent Hopi Maiden, Melissa Pochoema, Citizen of the Hopi Tribe, 2015, printed 2019, Archival pigment print from wet plate collodion scan, 50 x 40 in. Art Bridges.

Join us for an evening artist talk with Will Wilson.

Alaina Roberts

The Department of History, Black Studies Program, and Laura C. Harris Series welcome Alaina Roberts.

Kim TallBear

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Kim TallBear.

Will Wilson, Insurgent Hopi Maiden, Melissa Pochoema, Citizen of the Hopi Tribe, 2015, printed 2019, Archival pigment print from wet plate collodion scan, 50 x 40 in. Art Bridges.

The Denison Museum presents “In Conversation: Will Wilson,” organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

2020 - 2021

Ashlee Abraham

The Laura C. Harris Series presents an IMPACT Safety workshop, "Defending Ourselves as Women of Color."

Isis Campos

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Isis Campos.

Kim TallBear

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Kim TallBear.

Hanne Blank

Denison University's Hanne Blank discusses her new book "Fat."

Isis Campos

Denison University welcomes the Laura C. Harris Scholar-in-Residence Isis Campos.

2019 - 2020

Jane Gallop

Denison University welcomes author Jane Gallop presenting "Sexuality, Disability, and Aging."

Elena Conis

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Elena Conis.

Deirdre Cooper Owens

Deirdre Cooper Owens presents a talk, "What Genealogies Reveal: Slavery, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology."

Nancy Folbre

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Nancy Folbre.

Heather Corinna

Denison University’s Laura C. Harris Series speaker Heather Corinna presents a workshop, "Mutually Inclusive: Self Defense Against Selfish Sexuality."

Heather Corinna

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Heather Corinna and Hanne Blank.

Nadia Costa, Joshua Safran and Debbie Peagler

Denison University presents a film screening and Q&A of the documentary "Crime After Crime."

Leah Piepzna-Samarasinha

Denison University’s Laura C. Harris Series speakers Shanna Katz Kattari and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha present a workshop.

Shanna Katz Kattari

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Shanna Katz Kattari and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

Uzo Nwankpa

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Uzo Nwankpa.

2018 - 2019

Laila Farah

Denison's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Laila Farah and Isis Nusair

Jen Taylor Friedman

Denison's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Jen Taylor Friedman

Bear Bergman and Zetta Elliott

Denison University's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Bear Bergman and Zetta Elliott presenting "What's so subversive about inclusive kid's lit?"

Photo of Mary Frances Berry

Mary Frances Berry presents a keynote address titled "Race, Protest, and Politics: Where Do We Go From Here?" in conjunction with student performances

Paul Taylor

Denison's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Paul Taylor, professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, presenting a talk.

Shine Louise Houston, Jiz Lee and Mireille Miller-Young

The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes Shine Louise Houston, Jiz Lee and Mireille Miller-Young presenting a discussion of feminist and queer pornography.

Andrea Jenkins

Denison's Laura C. Harris Series welcomes activist, poet and writer Andrea Jenkins.

2017 - 2018

gabrielle civil workshop

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

Photo of Abby Kelley Foster

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

Photo of Rachel Marco-Havens

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

Photo of author, academic and legal scholar Duchess Harris

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

Gabrielle Civil

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

Student group with panel

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

2016 - 2017

Photo of Elder Madonna

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

Dr. Rajani Kanth

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

Photo of American critical theorist and feminist Nancy Fraser

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

Photo of Patrisse Khan-Cullors

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

Sister Campbell in front of a sign reading 'Nuns on the bus'

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

Kathy Crutcher

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

Brittney Cooper

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

2015 - 2016

MAE NGAI

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

Ericka Huggins

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

Melissa Madera

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

Angela Davis

Activist Angela Davis visits Denison.

Linda Kerber

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