Symposium: Feminist Change and the University

On March 6, 2015, the Pembroke Center hosted a  symposium, Feminist Change and the University.  Linking past and present feminist concerns, the symposium opened with a conversation between Louise Lamphere and Amy Goldstein ’79, staff writer for The Washington Post, about the case and its aftermath. Louise Lamphere filed a class action case in 1975 that charged Brown with sex discrimination against its own faculty and set in motion a chain of events that changed Brown.

A panel of Brown faculty focused on the way feminist scholarship continues to change what students study, how knowledge is made in the contemporary university,  and the challenges and possibilities facing current and future generations of women at Brown. 

The day concluded with a keynote lecture by Wendy Brown (University of California, Berkeley).

View the videos from the symposium here.

Friday, March 6, 2015
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Pembroke Hall, 305
172 Meeting Street
Providence, RI

Download the poster.

Symposium Schedule

9:30 AM: Welcome
Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Pembroke Center Director

9:35 AM: Introductions
Kay Warren, Anthropology

9:45 AM: A Conversation with Louise Lamphere
Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of New Mexico, moderated by Amy Goldstein'79, Staff Writer, The Washington Post

10:45 AM: Break

11:00 AM: Feminist Challenges Now: A Roundtable Discussion with Brown Faculty

• Sherine Hamdy, Anthropology
• Françoise Hamlin, History, Africana Studies
• Diane Lipscombe, Neuroscience
• Amanda Lynch, Geological Sciences
• Karen Newman (Chair), Comparative Literature, English

12:30 PM: Lunch (Lunch Registration CLOSED) /Exhibit Viewing

2:00 PM: Keynote Introduction
Debbie Weinstein, Pembroke Center Associate Director  

2:10 PM: Keynote Lecture by Wendy Brown
Class of 1936 First Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

"Women Dissolved or Defended? The Naming Debate in Reproductive Freedom" 

3:30 PM: Reception

Support for this symposium and the related exhibit and roundtable provided by: Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Pembroke Center Associates, Brown University's 250th Anniversary, Office of the President, Creative Arts Council, Brown University Library, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.

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Brown hosted a National Diversity Summit beginning on Friday, March 6, just as the symposium concludes. Please see National Diversity Summit website for more information.