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.

Pembroke Center Director Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg wins Guggenheim Fellowship

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded a 2017 fellowship to Pembroke Center Director Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg to support her book project “Grounds for Reclamation,” an exploration of how land reclamation projects in the 1930s helped generate public support for Benito Mussolini’s regime. Applicants were elected on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise from a pool of nearly 3,000. Stewart-Steinberg was one of 173 awardees in this year's competition, and one of only five scholars selected in the field of European & Latin American History.

(Distributed June 5, 2017)


From September 14, 2017 until the end of the semester, Ariella Azoulay, Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, along with Wendy Ewald, Susan Meiselas, Leigh Raiford, Laura Wexler and others, will mount the exhibit Co-lab(oration) in Pembroke Hall.  Co-lab(oration) is a pedagogical and curatorial experiment based on an ongoing exploration of photography as a form of collaboration.

How We Should Respond to Photographs of Suffering

Renty, a man taken from the Congo, in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1850. Photograph by J. T. Zealy / Wikimedia CommonsRenty, a man taken from the Congo, in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1850. Photograph by J. T. Zealy / Wikimedia CommonsRead a recent New Yorker article by Sarah Sentilles about the Azoulay's research.


(Distributed May 25, 2017)

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017 
11:00 am
Room 120, List Art Building
64 College Street, Providence

Join Brown alumnae in a conversation about the challenges and opportunities for women in entrepreneurship, and learn about their personal and professional journeys as leaders and launchers. How does gender shape entrepreneurial choices, support, access to capital, and innovation? What does entrepreneurship mean to women in today's world?

Deb Mills-Scofield ’82, Founder, Mills-Scofield, LLC


Morra Aarons-Mele ’98, Founder, Women Online, & Author, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You'd Rather Stay Home)

Sarah Carson ’02, Founder/CEO, Leota New York

Sadie Kurzban ’12, Founder, 305 Fitness

Vibha Pinglé, AM90 PhD96, President and Founder, Ubuntu at Work; Adjunct Lecturer, International and Public Affairs, Brown University

(Distributed May 24, 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. 

On display at Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting Street, Providence

Building hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
With additional hours for Commencement:
Saturday, May 27, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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 May 23, 2017)

Brown Women Speak Recordings Are Used to Celebrate 125 Years of Women at Brown

More than 700 Brown alumnae returned to campus last week for the 125 Years of Women at Brown Conference. To mark this historic milestone, Brown's Office of University Communications produced a video called "Celebrating 125 Years Of Women at Brown" using materials from the Pembroke Center archives. Excerpts from the Brown Women Speak oral history collection are featured along with historic photos from the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive. Watch the video on our YouTube playlist by clicking here.

(Distributed May 9, 2017)

New York City Pembroke Associates Event - A Special Film Screening about Marginalized Voices in the Art World

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 pm
(Screening, followed by discussion & reception)
at Magno Sound & Video, 729 7th Avenue (48 & 49th), New York City

Join us for a screening of The 100 Years Show by Alison Klayman ’06, followed by a discussion with Alison and other Brown friendsHer award-winning documentary tells the story of Cuban-born artist Carmen Herrera -- just one example of the many great artists whose accomplishments were overlooked because of their gender, ethnicity, or nationality. Following the screening, there will be a conversation about women and other historically underrepresented groups getting their due in the art world with:

Alison Klayman ’06filmmaker and director, AliKlay Productions

Leslie Camhiformer Pembroke Center postdoctoral fellow; writer, Vogue, The New York Times, et al.

Karen E. Jones ’97, curator of modern and contemporary art, professor of art history, CUNY

Space is limited and registration is required. Please RSVP to Martha Hamblett at or 401.863.3433 by May 8.

(Distributed February 22, 2017)

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

Friday, May 5, 2017
2:30 pm
Location TBD

This panel during the Women’s Leadership Council’s 125 Years of Women at Brown Conference will 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?

Note: You must be registered for the conference to attend this event.

Tanya Hernandez ’86, P’20
Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on Race, Law and Justice at Fordham Law School

Christine Grant ’84
Professor, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Associate Dean of Faculty Development & Special Initiatives, College of Engineering, NC State U.

Joelle Murchison ’95
Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Connecticut

Hanna Rodriguez-Farrar ’87, AM’90, PhD’09
Vice President of Public Affairs and University Relations at Dominican University of California

Susan P. Sturm ’76
Professor, Law & Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School

(Distributed February 22, 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

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

(Distributed February 22, 2017)
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