Pembroke Center

The Pembroke Center at Brown University is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters critical scholarship on questions of gender and difference, broadly defined, in national and transnational contexts.

Archives of Erasure

Writing the Undercommons Presents:

A Roundtable with Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, authors of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
9:15-11:30 am
Hillel Meeting Room
80 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02906

(Distributed April 13, 2015)

Pembroke Center Student Prize Nominations Due April 24

The Pembroke Center annually awards three prizes for outstanding theses and dissertations. Nominations are due on Friday, April 24th. Prizes awarded are:

  • Ruth J. Simmons Prize (undergraduate honors thesis from any department on questions having to do with women or gender )
  • Joan Wallach Scott Prize (undergraduate honors thesis in Gender and Sexuality Studies)
  • Marie J. Langlois Prize (graduate student dissertation from any field on questions related to feminist studies)

Nomination requirements for each prize may be found here.

(Distributed April 12, 2015)

I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet

A discussion with author Leora Tanenbaum ‘91

Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Amy Finn Binder ’77, P’02, P’09 and Ava Seave ’77
New York, NY (midtown)

Young women today are encouraged to express themselves sexually. Yet when they do, they are derided as "sluts," caught in a double bind of mixed sexual messages. How can they be sexy without being slutty?  And how did they get in this bind to begin with?

(Distributed April 10, 2015)

Rape and War: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives

May 7, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street

This symposium is the inaugural event in the Pembroke Center's four-year research initiative, Thinking War Differently: A Collaborative Critical Project.

Panel 1

Dagmar Herzog
Distinguished Professor of History, City University of New York
"Sexual Violence and the Nazi Holocaust"

Wendy Kozol
Professor and Chair of Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College
"Gazing at Precarity: Military Conflict and the Ambivalence of Visual Witnessing"

Moderated by Lynne Joyrich, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Panel 2

David Kennedy
Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
"Regulating Warfare in the Age of Lawfare" 

Yukiko Koga

Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College
"Between the Law: The Unmaking of Empire and the Persistence of Redress in Post-Imperial East Asia" 

Moderated by Nina Tannenwald, Director, International Relations Program, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, Brown University 

The Pembroke Center gratefully acknowledges support from the Watson Institute for International Studies Collaboration Grant program.

(Distributed April 9, 2015)

Tenure She Wrote: Alumnae in the Academy

Commencement Forum

In 1974-75, when Louise Lamphere filed a class action lawsuit against Brown University for sexual discrimination, women comprised less than eight percent of Brown's faculty. This academic year, women make up thirty percent of Brown's faculty, and only twenty-seven percent of its tenured faculty. The ranks of women faculty in higher education have grown across the nation, but challenges remain, particularly for women of color. Join Brown alumnae who have achieved tenure at other institutions for a discussion about how the roles of women faculty have changed, how gender inequality has nonetheless persisted, and what they see as the challenges and opportunities for women in the Academy today. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015
11:00 AM
Pembroke Hall 305, 172 Meeting Street


  • Sangeeta N. Bhatia '90, M.D, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineer and Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mary A. Renda '81, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College
  • Judith Sims-Knight '65, Ph.D., Chancellor Professor of Psychology, UMASS Dartmouth

Nancy L. Buc'65, '94 LL.D. will moderate.

(Distributed April 8, 2015)


"The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown" exhibit is now on view in Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street. Based on extensive archival research and oral histories with key participants, the exhibit paints a vivid picture of why and how Brown changed during a key moment in its history and of the feminist activism that drove that change. 

Building hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.  View the web exhibit.

(Distributed April 7, 2015)
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