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 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)

Pembroke Research Lecture, Universal Exhaustion

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 5:30 pm
Pembroke Hall 305 

Alberto Toscano
Reader in Critical Theory
Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought
Department of  Sociology
Goldsmiths, University of London

(Distributed February 17, 2016)
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