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.

Getting Reel: Brown Women in Documentary Film

Saturday, May 28, 2016
11:00 am
List Auditorium, 64 College Street

Brown alumnae continue to take the documentary film field by storm, capturing some of the most prestigious prizes. No issue – from race to gender roles to religion – is off-limits. Award winning alumnae panelists had a no holds barred conversation about how they inspire, provoke, and engage their audiences. They discussed the motivations that stir them and the roadblocks they face in the world of documentary film.  Watch the video here.


Moderator: Betsy West ’73, P’17, Fred W. Friendly Professor of Professional Practice in Media and Society, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Introduction: Jean E. Howard Ph.D. ’70, Chair, Pembroke Center Associates Council

This commencement forum is sponsored by the Pembroke Center Associates and the Women’s Leadership Council of Brown University.

(Distributed April 27, 2016)

An Evening with Award-Winning Playwright Sarah Ruhl ’97, MFA’01

Hosted by Victoria Westhead ’83, P’17, P’19, Pembroke Center Associates Council Vice-Chair 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
6:30 pm
Brooklyn Heights, NY

Sarah Ruhl's plays include In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, 2010; Tony Award nominee for best new play), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 2005; The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 2004); Passion Play, a cycle (Pen American award, The Fourth Freedom Forum Playwriting Award from The Kennedy Center); Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Helen Hayes award); Melancholy Play; Eurydice; Orlando, Demeter in the City (NAACP nomination), Late: A Cowboy Song; Three Sisters; and most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She is also the author of 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater, which was selected as one of the "100 Notable Books of 2014" by the New York Times.

(Distributed April 25, 2016)

International Conference on Rape and War

Download the program here.

April 15-16, 2016
Friday 1:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence


  • Kimberly Juanita Brown, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies, Mount Holyoke College
  • Dara Kay Cohen, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Miriam Cooke, Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures, Duke University
  • Donna DeCesare, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin
  • Liangqin Jiang, Professor of History, Nanjing University
  • Yukiko Koga, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College
  • Wendy Kozol, Professor of Comparative American Studies, Oberlin College
  • Emma Kuby, Assistant Professor of History, Northern Illinois University
  • Jacqueline Rose, Professor of Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London
  • Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature and History, University of East Anglia
  • Xiaming Yang, Professor of International Relations, Jiangsu Institute of Public Administration 
  • Lianhong Zhang, Professor of History, Nanjing Normal University

Part of the Pembroke Center's four-year research initiative, Seeing War Differently: Rethinking the Subject(s) of Warfare.

Image: "El Rapto de las Sabinas" by Mariano Salvador Maella [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commons. 

EXHIBIT: A Natural History of Rape
Curated by Ariella Azoulay, Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, this special exhibition has been mounted for the occasion of the Pembroke Center's Rape and War conference.

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

The exhibit will be on view:

Friday, April 15, 2016
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday, April 16, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

(Distributed April 8, 2016)

Pembroke Center Student Prize Nominations Due April 22

The Pembroke Center annually awards three prizes for outstanding theses and dissertations. Nominations are due at 4:00 pm on Friday, April 22th. 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 5, 2016)

Ivy Film Festival: The Audience in Revolt: Gender, Race and Representation in Hollywood

Friday, April 8th  2016, 5:00-6:00pm
Martinos Auditorium
Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Ivy Film Festival, in partnership with the Pembroke Center, hopes to bring visibility to identity-oriented misperceptions in the entertainment industry, such as beliefs that female- or non-white-driven content is not commercially viable. In the digital age, a global and hyper-connected audience is demanding to see a world on screen which reflects the realities of our own. As Hollywood decentralizes, movements around gender equality, #OscarsSoWhite, and multiculturalism on an international scale are driving the creation of new models for storytelling on screen. This event will examine (under)representation in the industry through a discussion panel with female professionals who, speaking from personal experience, can offer opinions on identity politics as well as the market data that indicates such content is profitable.

Lauren Zalaznick '84, P'17, P'19 will moderate the discussion. The panelists will include Lydia Dean Pilcher P'17Mia Mask, and Michelle Materre.

More information and tickets:

(Distributed February 19, 2016)

A Reading by Christina Crosby, Ph.D.’82 from "A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain"

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
5:30 pm reception; 6:00 pm reading

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

A Body, Undone: Living on after Great Pain, published in March 2016 by NYU Press, explores living with a spinal cord injury, drawing on feminist theories of embodiment, queer phenomenology, and critical disability studies. Read an excerpt published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Christina Crosby received her PhD in English from Brown University in 1982, and has worked at Wesleyan University since 1982, where she is Professor of English and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her subfields are Victorian studies and Feminist Studies.  She has published The Ends of History: Victorians and the 'Woman Question' and essays and reviews in Victorian Studies, PMLA, College English, and elsewhere.

This is the inaugural event of the Pembroke Center's Out of the Archive series featuring scholars who have contributed materials to the Feminist Theory Archive. Download the event poster.

(Distributed February 18, 2016)
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