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.

Seed Grants of up to $10,000 for Brown Faculty - Applications Due April 3

The Pembroke Center’s seed grant program supports collaborative research initiatives that involve Brown faculty from the humanities, social sciences, creative arts, and health sciences. In keeping with the Pembroke Center’s intellectual mission, these research initiatives will examine intersecting dimensions of difference such as gender, sexuality, generation, work, class, race, ethnicity, language, citizenship, and religion.

Please click here for application guidelines.

(Distributed March 6, 2017)

Lecture – "Neither Rhimes Nor Reason: Troubling the Black Feminist Fantastic in ShondaLand TV – How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal"

Ann duCille MFA’73, AM’88, PhD’91
Emerita Professor of English at Wesleyan University, and Inaugural Distinguished Professor-in-Residence

Thursday, April 6, 2017
5:30 pm
Pembroke Hall 305

The Pembroke Center gratefully acknowledges the support of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. This lecture is part of the Black Feminist Theory Project at the Pembroke Center.

(Distributed March 5, 2017)

Lecture - "Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran: Triumphs and Laments"

Dr. Gohar Homayounpour
Psychoanalyst and Author
Active member of the American and International Psychoanalytic Association
Founder and Director, Freudian Group of Tehran

Thursday, April 20, 2017
5:30 pm
Pembroke Hall 305

Sponsored by the Pembroke Center, Middle East Studies, the C.V. Starr Foundation Lectureship, the Herbert H Goldberger Lectureship, and the M.B. Mandeville Lectureship.

(Distributed March 3, 2017)

Panel - "Changing Faces and Facing Change: Diversifying Higher Education in America"


Friday, May 5, 2017
2:30 pm
Pembroke Hall 305

Join us for this panel during the Women’s Leadership Council’s 125 Years of Women at Brown Conference.

Explore questions including: How are diversity and inclusion faring on our campuses today, 40 years after the Lamphere case forced institutional changes at Brown and heralded a new era? Are our educational institutions keeping up with the social and intellectual diversity of the global economy? What work remains? How are faculty and student diversity impacting education and advancing knowledge?

(Distributed February 27, 2017)

2017 Commencement Forum - "Launchers and Leaders: Brown Women and Entrepreneurship"

Saturday, May 27, 2017 
More details to follow.

At this year’s Commencement Forum, successful Brown alumnae will discuss how gender shapes entrepreneurial choices, support, access to capital, and innovation. This event is co-sponsored by the Pembroke Center and the Jonathan Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.

(Distributed February 25, 2017)

Exhibit - "The Lamphere Case: The Sex Discrimination Lawsuit that Changed Brown"

This exhibit was remounted for the Women's Leadership Council's 125 Years of Women at Brown Conference and will be on view on the first floor of Pembroke Hall through Commencement Weekend 2017. 

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.
Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Providence

This Pembroke Center exhibit explores in detail the Lamphere case and its consequences for Brown. 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.

(Distributed February 23, 2017)

Black Feminist Theory Project

The Pembroke Center is pleased to announce the launch of a new visiting scholar initiative to bring a black feminist theorist to campus each year to contribute to the Pembroke Center's research and work with students, fellows, and faculty. Ann duCille, Emerita Professor of English at Wesleyan University, is the inaugural Distinguished Professor in Residence in the program and helped develop the project.

Envisioned as a site of intellectual collaboration across disciplines, the project includes an annual public lecture by the Distinguished Professor in Residence and a symposium on her work. The aim of the project is to enhance the visibility and accessibility of black feminist discourse on campus as a resource for faculty, students, and the surrounding community, while calling attention to ongoing activism and interventions at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and public policy.  Learn more about the project.

(Distributed February 22, 2017)
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