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.

Congratulations to Louise Lamphere, Doctor of Humane Letters

Honorary Degree Citation
Renowned anthropologist, professor, and feminist scholar, your actions early in your career paved the way for positive change at Brown University and fairer hiring and tenure practices for Brown faculty. You sacrificed energy and resources to pursue a class action lawsuit against Brown at a time when the University’s women faculty members numbered just 25 in total. Thanks to your perseverance, the University revamped its policies and over the course of the subsequent 15 years increased the number of tenured women professors fivefold. In addition, you made gender issues a permanent aspect of your scholarly work, co-editing one of the first volumes to address the anthropological study of women’s status. As president of the American Anthropological Association, you pushed for more research on poverty, health, and family evolution, in order to have a greater impact on current societal dilemmas. Your contributions to both academia and public service during your time at both Brown and the University of New Mexico have inspired the next generation of anthropologists and ensured that there is greater understanding of the ways in which societal changes affect women, both in the home and in the workplace. For your courage in standing up for equity and fairness for all faculty and your exemplary examinations of urban anthropology, healthcare practices and gender issues, we honor you with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

(Distributed May 26, 2015)

View the Lamphere Exhibit Online

"The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown" exhibit is 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.  View the web exhibit.

(Distributed May 18, 2015)

Tenure She Wrote: Women in the Academy

Commencement Forum
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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 Louise Lamphere and Brown alumnae who are tenured faculty 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. 

(Distributed May 18, 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 May 4, 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 26, 2015)
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