Archives Make History: The Pembroke Collections

February 21, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence RI 

This conference will explore the importance of collecting materials relevant to the history of women and of the history of feminist thought. Discover what goes into the making of a world-class archive and the many surprising and important uses to which archives can be put.

Required Conference Registration (free)

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10:30 am: Welcome

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, P'19, Pembroke Center Director, Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature

Victoria Westhead '83, P'17, P'19, Chair, Pembroke Center Associates Council

10:45 am: Keynote Address

Introduction: Ariella Azoulay, Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University.

Marianne Hirsch '70, AM '70, PHD '75 
William Peterfield Trent Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Columbia University

"Archives of Possibility"

12:15 pm: Lunch Break

1:15 pm: Panel Discussion - Building the Archive

Alumnae/i and scholars will discuss items they donated (from book manuscripts to interviews to photos) and why they matter for creating new histories of Brown, of women, and of the scholarly conversations women have led and shaped.

Introduction: Bernicestine McLeod Bailey '68, P '99, P '03, Owner/President, McLeod Associates, Inc.

Moderator: Mary Murphy, Pembroke Center Archivist

  • Arlen Austin, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
  • Ann duCille MFA '73, AM '88, PHD '91, Professor of English, Emerita at Wesleyan University and Pembroke Center Distinguished Professor in Residence, Brown University
  • Anne Fausto-Sterling, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies, Emerita, Brown University
  • Johanna Fernandez '93, Assistant Professor of History, Baruch College of the City University of New York
  • Mimi Pichey '72, President, Pichey Management Services

3:00 pm: Panel Discussion - Using the Archive

Alumnae/i and scholars who have conducted research in the archive will discuss what they found in the archives and what is at stake for scholarship and community programming in having such materials available for public use.

Introduction: Jean E. Howard '70, '16 LHD hon., George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Moderator: Jasmine Waddell '99, Resident Dean of Freshmen for Elm Yard, Harvard University

  • Shira Buchsbaum '19, student, Brown University
  • Lauren Guilmette, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Florida Atlantic University
  • Amy Karwoski AM'12, Ph.D. Candidate at New York University, and Teaching Artist, New-York Historical Society
  • Peter Makhlouf  '16, former Pembroke Center Undergraduate Fellow, Brown University
  • Michelle Scully, Research Assistant, Women & Infants Hospital and Volunteer, Hearthside House and Museum

4:30 pm: Concluding Remarks

Karen Newman 
Owen Walker '33 Professor of Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Brown University

A reception will follow.  Please register for the conference here.

Image:  Photo of Anne Fausto-Sterling, from the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archive.