Women's History Series 2019

Women’s History Series 2019: Cultivating Radical Coalition

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February 25-April 5
'Racism or Gluten: Why Do I Feel This Way'
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender

‘Racism or Gluten: Why Do I Feel This Way,’ is a solo exhibition by artist Lo Smith. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday 9am-4pm.

Friday, March 1
Women’s History Series Celebration
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender @ 12-1:30pm

Join us in collective celebration for the start of Women’s History Series. We will have refreshments, cake, music, and WHS calendars!

Wednesday, March 6
OUT for Lunch with Blair Imani
LGBTQ+ Center @ 12-1:00pm

Join us for a lunchtime conversation with Blair Imani, author of Modern Herstory: Stories of Women and Non-binary People Rewriting History (2018). She will have a talk over lunch with students about the need for compassion in activist spaces as we strive for liberation for all.  Co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center.

Wednesday, March 6
“The Revolution Will Be Ours”: Lecture and Book Signing with Blair Imani
85 Waterman Street, Room 130 @ 6:30-8:00pm

Blair Imani is a black, queer Muslim woman who is the author of a new book Modern Herstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History. She is the founder of the nonprofit "Equality for HER" and an activist involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. This lecture will focus on intersectional organizing and themes of collective liberation, which informs her work. Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Department - Islam and the Humanities. Books will be on sale at the event and Blair will be signing books immediately after the event.

Friday, March 8
International Women’s Day Brunch
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender @ 10:30am-12:30pm

Please join us for a day of empowerment and celebration of the revolutionary lives of women around the world. There will be opportunities to share stories and learn from one another. Brunch will be served. All gender identities are welcome! Co-sponsored by the Global Brown Center for International Students, English Language Support, and Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender. RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/iwdbrunch

Tuesday, March 12
Graduate Student Lunch with Charlene Carruthers
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Carruthers joins graduate students over a lunch time discussion on how to merge the academic self with one’s desire for social and political change. This will also serve as a master class for writing as an activist! RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/gradlunch3-12-19

Tuesday, March 12
Radical Coalition Building: Lecture by Charlene Carruthers (Women’s History Series and Legacy Series Collaboration)
MacMillan Starr Auditorium, Room 117 @ 6:30-8:00pm

Charlene Carruthers is a strategist, writer and leading community organizer in today’s movement for Black liberation. She is also the author of Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements (2018). In her lecture, Carruthers will discuss the process of radical coalition building. What are the elements of radical community building? How do you know when you are a part of it? What kind of learning/unlearning does it take? What are the actions we must take to remain resilient in our efforts to stay true to a vision of liberated communities?

Wednesday, March 13
Lunchtime Conversation with Dr. Mona Abo-Zena
Brown Muslim Student Center (Champlin Hall 018) @12-1:30pm

Join us for a lunch conversation with Mona Abo-Zena, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Care at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She will provide insight on her career trajectory, current research projects, and how motherhood informs her academic praxis. Participants can learn more about her current research project at a lecture later in the evening on how Muslim girls navigate coming of age and cultural stigma around menstruation (Faculty Club, Portrait Room at 6:30pm). Co-sponsored by the Middle Eastern Studies Department - Islam and the Humanities and the Brown Muslim Student Association.

Wednesday, March 13
"It must be that time of the month.”: Muslim girls navigating coming of age and cultural stigma around menstruation – Lecture by Dr. Mona Abo-Zena
Faculty Club (Portrait Room), 1 Bannister Street, Providence, RI

Mona Abo-Zena is Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Care at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her talk will focus on how early adolescent Muslim females negotiate normative developmental experiences given the religious meaning of the onset of puberty, and how they navigate ritual impurity. She interrogates cultural values that may sabotage positive development and provides a framework for building empathy and radical coalition through humanizing developmental socialization practices. Co-sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies - Islam and the Humanities, and the Brown Muslim Student Association.

Sunday, March 17
Gender and Childhood Panel
Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge @10:00am-12:00pm

A panel of local experts and community leaders will discuss the many ways notions of gender intersect with childhood. Through our conversation we hope to think through topics such as, combatting stereotypes, supporting gender fluidity, and addressing sexism and toxic masculinity. This event is a space for asking questions, sharing local resources, and developing a community around critical approaches to gender in parenting/caregiving practices. Open to the public.

Monday, March 18
Undergraduate Lunch with Dr. Alisa Bierria
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender Lounge

Alisa Bierria is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is developing a manuscript entitled, Missing in Action: Agency, Race, & Invention, which explores how intentional action is socially imagined in contexts of anti-black racism, carceral cultures, and gendered violence, requiring pluralistic analytical frames for understanding human agency. Alisa is a member of several community-based initiatives, including Survived and Punished, a national project that develops policy and research strategies to challenge the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Space is limited. RSVP at this link: https://tinyurl.com/AlisaBierriaLunch

Monday, March 18
Graduate Student Tea with Dr. Alisa Bierria
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender Lounge
3:00-4:00 pm

We invite graduate students to come chat with Alisa Bierria about how to navigate graduate school while maintaining a radical politic, making the institution work for you and creating accountability within communities that go beyond the academy. Alisa will offer some opening remarks about her own political and academic trajectory and then we will have an informal discussion where folks can ask their own questions. Space is limited. RSVP at this link: https://tinyurl.com/AlisaBierriaTea

Monday, March 18
Radical Relationality and the Future of Feminist Anti-Violence Praxis: Lecture by Dr. Alisa Bierria
Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, Petteruti Lounge @ 6:30-8:00 pm

From settler colonialism to lynching to border walls, the issue of gender violence has been exploited as a justification to advance white supremacy, neoliberal privatization, and carceral cultures. These systems of power delegitimize and deactivate communities as a central anti-violence resource through disassembling human connection, discouraging care, and disposing of people. In this talk, Professor Alisa Bierria, Assistant Professor in Ethnic Studies at the University of California Riverside, explores abolitionist feminist praxis as a critical anti-violence methodology that generates practices of connection, care, and collective epistemologies, and cultivates transformative modes of relationality and accountability.

Wednesday, March 20th
Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-athon
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender @ 2:00-6:00pm (drop by any time!)

Wikipedia is the world's largest encyclopedia, but its information on women and gender non-conforming people, feminism, and the arts is sorely lacking. Join people all over the world to help fill these gaps. We'll train you on how to edit Wikipedia and then make some positive changes! Bring a laptop if you can. More info can be found here: http://www.artandfeminism.org/.

Wednesday, April 3
Sarah Doyle Library Open House and Zine Making Workshop
Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender @ 7:00-9:00pm

Come check out the Sarah Doyle Center Library and zine collection, which contain over 4,000 volumes on women, gender, and sexuality. This is a great resource for those doing research or starting to think about final papers. The Center's zine librarian will also be leading a zine making workshop. Refreshments will be served.

Women’s History Series was made possible with funding from the Undergraduate Finance Board, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, LGBTQ Center, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.