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.

Black Feminist Theory Project Lecture

"Race and the Modern Marriage Plot"

Aneeka A. Henderson

Pembroke Center Affiliated Scholar in Residence
Assistant Professor of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies
Amherst College

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30 pm, Pembroke Hall 305

Henderson explores the ways depictions of romance tropes and the marriage plot in a variety of texts negotiate political policies apotheosizing and regulating heterosexual marriage. She suggests the marriage plot in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries is an indispensable mechanism for reassessing and unearthing how black women's bodies and family formation have become increasingly politicized and made public. 

(Distributed October 12, 2017)

Pembroke Center Family Weekend Lecture 2017

Anna Aizer  
Professor of Economics & Public Policy

Friday, October 13, 2017, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Pembroke Hall 305

Vulnerable Families in the (Un)Changing Economy

Join the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women for a conversation with Professor Anna Aizer and Pembroke Center Associate Director and Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Drew Walker, about Professor Aizer's research on how gender and other issues of difference may influence labor, health and the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

This Family Weekend event is sponsored by the Pembroke Center Associates.
Free and open to the public. Handicapped accessible.

(Distributed September 27, 2017)

Pembroke Research Lecture

Seth Koven
G.E. Lessing Distinguished Professor of History and Poetics, Rutgers University

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Pembroke Hall 305

Queer Conscience, Straight State in WWI Britain

Koven's talk focuses on one famously public-spirited gentry family, the Hobhouses, and the conscience of one man, Stephen Hobhouse, during WWI. Koven analyzes how, why and with what consequences Stephen Hobhouse’s mother, Margaret Potter Hobhouse, single-handedly orchestrated the war’s most successful campaign waged to save her oldest son Stephen, from a martyr’s death as an absolutist pacifist prisoner of conscience in 1917. Stephen's story reveals when and why the wartime state "queered" conscience and recasts the post-war disenfranchisement of conscientious objectors as an attempt to keep the state straight.

Koven's lecture supports our yearlong research seminar on "The Cultures of Pacifism."

(Distributed September 13, 2017)
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