Pembroke Center Co-Sponsored Events

2018-19 Academic Year Programs

December 10, 2018




November 12, 2018




November 8-9, 2018





October 23, 2018 - November 16, 2018






October 10, 2018





2017-18 Academic Year Programs

November 8, 2017





October 26, 2017






Fall, 2017





October 31, 2017





October 20-21, 2017






2016-17 Academic Year Programs

May 12, 2017





April 13-15, 2017





April 8, 2017






February 16, 2017





February 1-2, 2017

Sarah Doyle Zine Collection Kickoff
with the LGBTQ+ Center Legacy Series 




February - April, 2017




February 14, 2017




November 1, 2016






September 23-24, 2016














September 15, 2016 - November 1o, 2016














2015-16 Academic Year Programs

April 20, 2016


April 8-9, 2016














April 8, 2016
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:

April 6, 2016














March 18, 2016












March 11, 2016




March 7, 2016













February 25-26, 2016
Rhythm of Change Festival: Bodies, Belonging and Bearing WitnessRhythm of Change Festival: Bodies, Belonging and Bearing Witness


February 25, 2016

February 24, 2016


Inside "Negroland": a conversation with Pulitzer-winning author Margo Jefferson Regarding her writing process and America's Black socio-economic elite.

Within her memoir "Negroland", Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Margo Jefferson explores her journey as a Woman, precariously located within under-explored spaces of African American financial and experiential privilege. Join Kibwe Chace-Marshall '10, in engaging Jefferson in an exploration of tapping the deeply personal within critical writing. Book sales and signing to follow. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday February 24th, 2016, 7pm
Grannoff Center - Martinos Auditorium 

 February 19, 2016

December 4, 2015














December 4, 2015














November 9, 2015












November 9, 2015




November 6, 2015














October 28, 2015














October 28, 2015













October 27, 2015
















October 22-23, 2015




October 6, 2015













2014-15 Academic Year Programs

April 22, 2015













April 13, 2015














April 10-11, 2015














April 3 & 4, 2015













April 2, 2015













March 9, 2015













February 24, 2015













November 17, 2014


November 7-8, 2014














November 3, 2014














October 27, 2014














October 16, 2014

October 4-6, 2014



2013-14 Academic Year Programs

April 10, 2014

March 14-15, 2014

February 20, 2014

February 19 & 20, 2014

My Dream: Urban Aesthetics and Chinese Cosmopolitanism
December 9, 2013
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Rhode Island Hall 008

Yan Haiping, Ph.D.
University Professor & Director
SJTU Institute for Advanced Study in Media and Society, Shanghai Jiaotong University
Fellow, Center for the Study of Economy and Society, Cornell University


Beyond Geopolitics: Syria from the Ground up
November 8, 2013
11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Rhode Island Hall 108, 60 George Street

FOR LUNCH, register at [email protected]. REQUIRED.

Hosted by Middle East Studies and the Watson Institute, and co-sponsored with funding from the Pembroke Center seed grant program, the conference provides a forum that puts the people of Syria and accurate information on their on-the-ground situation at the forefront of discussions about the larger picture. Panel discussions, led by people with first-hand field experience, will explore themes such as economic and health conditions, social movements, and armed conflict.

Panel 1: Economy and Daily Life
Bassam Haddad, Alex Pollock, Alia Malek
Glenn Loury (Discussant)

Panel 2: Displacement and Public Health
Yasser Munif, Adam Coutts, Melani Cammett
Linda Cook and Nina Tannenwald (Co-Discussants)


Faith Wilding: Being like Leaves


Reading from her memoir about growing up in Paraguay in a Christian commune of WWII European refugees.

October 10, 2013
7:00 - 9:30 PM
Pembroke Hall, 305

 Faith Wilding is a Visiting Scholar at the Pembroke Center and MFA Faculty in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Ada Lovelace Day 2013 edit-a-thon, New England - Brown University

October 15, 2013
3:00pm to 8:30pm
Pembroke Hall 305

Now in its fifth year, Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM). Participants from around New England are invited to gather at Brown University to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields.

Learn more about the event.


2012-13 Academic Year Programs

September 13, 2012

Women Art Revolution/The Hive Archive
Rhode Island School of Design

October 12-13, 2012

Graduate Symposium: “Defiant Acts: Questioning Authority in the History of Art and Architecture”
History of Art and Architecture



October 25-27, 2012 


“Terror and the Inhuman” conference 
Modern Culture and Media10/25-27/2012

October 28- 29, 2012





Film Screening and Symposium with Liu Jiayin

About the Films:

Boldly transforming documentary into fiction, Liu Jiayin cast her parents and herself as fictionalized versions of themselves. Her father, Liu Zaiping, sells leather bags but is slowly going bankrupt. He argues with his wife, Jia Huifen, and his daughter over methods to boost business in the shop. A cloud of anxiety follows them into sleepless nights shared in the same bed. But through the thousand daily travails of city life, a genuine and deeply moving picture of Chinese familial solidarity emerges from the screen.

With virtually no budget and boundless ingenuity, Liu Jiayin's eye-opening debut, shot when she was 23 years old, consists of twenty-three static, one-scene shots within her family's fifty square meter home. Liu keeps her small DV camera in claustrophobic closeness to her subjects, often showing only parts of their bodies as their voices dominate the soundtrack. Oxhide takes the microscopic physical and emotional details of a family and magnifies them on a widescreen canvas.

Breaking new ground in cinematic art, Liu Jiayin's follow-up to her masterful debut Oxhide turns a simple dinner into a profoundly intimate study of family relationships.

Building on the stunning vision of Oxhide (voted one of the best Chinese films of the 2000s), writer-director Liu Jiayin once again casts herself and her parents in scripted versions of their life in a tiny Beijing apartment. Liu takes her uncompromising artistry to the extreme, setting all of the action around the family dinner table, which doubles as her father's leather-making station. As the workbench is cleared for the family to make a dinner of dumplings, the camera catches every meticulous detail of the action in real time. Small moments between family members reveal deep insights into the mysteries of family relations and the art of everyday living.


October 31, 2012

“The Many Faces of Schreber”, Orna Ophir lecture 
Cogut Center for the Humanities

November 12, 2012 

Transweek at Brown
Gender Action/Queer Alliance

November 13, 2012

"Mandela's Mortality," Sarah Nuttall lecture 
Department of English, Cogut Center for the Humanities

November 6, 2012

"Honor with Justice and the Contemporary Indian Women's Movement," 
Elisabeth Armstrong lecture
Office of International Affairs

November 14, 2012

"Africa in Theory," Achille Mbembe lecture
Department of French Studies, Department of English, Cogut Center for the Humanities

March 13, 2013

Graduate Student Lecture by Carolyn Dinshaw
Department of English

March 14, 2013

Local Health vs. Global Health: Making Doctors not Hospitals

Special guest lecture with Deacon Patrick Moynihan'87

Co-sponsored by the Pembroke Center Seed Grant Program and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.

March 21-23, 2013

Habits of Living: Networked Affects, Glocal Effects

FemTechNet Dialogues:

  • Race and Sexuality (Faith Wilding, Julie Levin Russo)
  • Machine (Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Kelly Dobson)
  • Race and Technology (Lisa Nakamura, Maria Fernandez)

April 22, 2013

5:00-6:30 pm
"New England Born" Opening Reception
Sarah Doyle Gallery, 26 Benevolent Street, Providence, RI

6:45 pm "Birth Story" Screening & Panel Discussion
Salomon 001

Sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, the Rhode Island Friends of Midwives, and Women Students at Brown (WSaB).  This event was generously co-sponsored by the following Brown University Offices:  Office of Institutional Diversity, the Pembroke Center, the Division of Campus Life, the Graduate School, and the School of Public Health.  Support was also given through a Salomon Grant for AMST 1612W Rethinking Women's Bodies and Rights: Transnational Reproductive Politics.

April 2013

Graduate Student Colloquium, “Empire Comes Home”
Department of History

2012/13 Academic Year Programs

Latino Heritage Series

Graduate International Colloquium: “Mobilizing Performance: Identity and Self-Making in Black Women’s Aesthetic Practices”
Modern Culture and Media, Africana Studies, Office of International Affairs

2011/12 Great Nonfiction Writers Series

Year-long series of events 
Department of English 

September 19, 2011

Professor Shira Wolosky
"Civic Feminism and Religious Association"

September 26, 2011

Year of China 
Lecture by Janet Yang

September 30-October 9, 2011

2nd Annual New England Festival of Ibero-American Cinema

October 19, 2011

Irene Tucker Lecture
"Before Racial Construction: Kant, Dermatology and the Racialization of Skin" 

November 7, 2011

"Standing on Ceremony: the Gay Marriage Plays"
Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

March 5, 2012

Lecture by Jonathan Goldberg
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor at Emory University
English Department Graduate Student Lecture

March 17-21, 2012

Chinese Women's Documentaries in the Market Era
Film Festival and Symposium

Spring 2012

History Department Graduate Student Lecture
"Craving Happiness, Containing Anxiety" 

Student Organization Co-Sponsored Events, 2011/2012

"The Courage to Be" 2011 Third World Transition Program
Gender Action for Transweek, Mara Keisling, Noember 17, 2011
IvyQ Conference, February 16-19, 2012

May 19, 2011

A Conversation with Johnnetta B. Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall on the Current Impact of Racism and Sexism in the U.S.

National Council for Research on Women, New York City

April 29, 2011

"A Life in Motion"

Reading and book signing by Florence Howe, a leading figure in the US feminist movement and co-founder of The Feminist Press

April 22-23, 2011

(Re)Making Myths: The Creation, Use, and Abuse of Myths in German Literature, History, and Culture

April 22, 2011

We are Who We Watch: Reality Television, Citizenship, Celebrity

April 15-16, 2011

Women in the Archives Conference

April 4, 2011

Black Women in Land Rights Struggles in Columbia and Brazil

February 28, 2011

Building a Pipeline to Women's Leadership

NCRW, New York City

February 24, 2011

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Its Meaning for Women Workers 100 Years Later

February 11, 2011

Aesthetics of Transport Symposium

November 17, 2010

Rita Felski, University of Virginia

"Context Stinks!"

October 28, 2011

Violence, Language, and Ethics

Dominick LaCapra, Bryce & Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies, Cornell University

"Historical and Literary Approaches to the 'Final Solution': Saul Friedlander and Jonathan Littel"

October 5, 2011

Translating The Second Sex

A panel with Constance Borde & Sheila Malovany-Chevalier

April 24, 2010

Women in the Archives: England/New England

March 18, 2010

Graduate Student Lecture, Dept. of English

Diana Fuss, Princeton University
"Lovers Parting at Sunrise: Roland Barthes and the Modern Aubade"

March 17, 2010

"Reality Hunger: A Manifesto"

David Shields '78, will discuss his newly published and controversial book.

Part of the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10.

March 8, 2010

International Women's Day
Documentary film screening by Liz Canner

Extraordinary behind-the-scenes access reveals a drug company's fevered race to develop the first FDA-approved Viagra for women - and offers a humorous but sobering look inside the cash-fueled pharmaceutical industry.

March, 2010

Women's History Month, 2010

Visit the Sarah Doyle Women's Center for the Women's History Month events

February 26, 2010

"Future Foucault: On the Anniversary of Bodies and Pleasures"

November 17, 2009

"There's No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama: The Policy and Politics of American Multiracialism"

Jennifer Hochschild
Harvard University 

4:00 pm
68 Waterman Street
Mencoff Hall 

Sponsored by the Committee on Science and Technology Studies, the Population Studies and Training Center, the Department of Africana Studies, the History Department, the Department of Anthropology,, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

November 13, 2009

"Transnational Feminism and the Black Diaspora Symposium"

Examines the intersections of diaspora theory, transnationalism, identity formation, transformative politics and community highlighting black women's radical knowledge, gendered racism and resistance from a global perspective.

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Watson Institute for International Studies
111 Thayer Street 

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, the Harmon Family Fund, the Heimark Fund, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women

November 11, 2009

"Making the Truth Truthful: Turning Science into Storytelling"

David Shenk ʼ88 is the author of five books, including Data Smog, The Immortal Game, and The Forgetting. He has contributed to National Geographic, SlateThe New York Times, Gourmet, Harper's, The New Yorker, The American Scholar, and National Public Radio and is currently a correspondent for Shenk's work inspired the Emmy-award winning PBS documentary "The Forgetting" and was featured in the Oscar-nominated film "Away From Her." He has advised the President's Council on Bioethics. His next book, The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong, is forthcoming in March 2010.

Part of the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10.

November 4, 2009

"A Sense of Wonder"

Written and Performed by Drama Desk Award Nominee

Kaiulani Lee

Playing at Brown University
8:00 pm, Solomon 101

A one-woman show about Rachel Carson, “the patron saint of the environmental movement,” A Sense of Wonder has been touring the United States for over ten years. The play has been the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. Kaiulani Lee has performed it at over one hundred universities as well as at the Smithsonian Institute, the United Nations, the Sierra Club's Centennial in San Francisco, and the Department of the Interior's 150th anniversary celebration. In addition, she opened the 2005 World Expo in Japan and performed the play on Capitol Hill, bringing Miss Carson’s voice once again to the halls of Congress.

Admission is Free. 
Brought to you by:

  • Bio Med Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
  • Campus Life, The Center for Environmental Studies
  • Dean of the College
  • Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life
  • The Pembroke Center
  • The Provost's Office
  • Religious Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

November 3, 2009

"Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army of America in the Great War"
A talk with author Elaine Weiss

From 1917 to 1920 the Woman's Land Army (WLA) brought thousands of city workers, society women, artists, business professionals, and college students into rural America to take over the farm work after men were called to wartime service. These women wore military-style uniforms, lived in communal camps, and did what was considered "men's work"-that is, plowing fields, driving tractors, planting, harvesting, and hauling lumber. The Land Army insisted its "farmerettes" be paid wages equal to male farm laborers and be protected by an eight-hour workday. These farmerettes were shocking at first and encountered skeptical farmers' scorn, but as they proved themselves willing and capable, farmers began to rely upon the women workers and became their 
loudest champions.

While the Woman's Land Army was deeply rooted in the great political and social movements of its day-suffrage, urban and rural reform, women's education, scientific management, and labor rights-it pushed into new, uncharted territory and ventured into areas considered off- limits. More than any other women's war work group of the time, the Land Army took pleasure in breaking the rules. It challenged conventional thinking on what was "proper" work for women to do, their role in wartime, how they should be paid, and how they should dress.

The WLA's short but spirited life also foreshadowed some of the most profound and contentious social issues America would face in the twentieth century: women's changing role in society and the workplace, the problem of social class distinctions in a democracy, the mechanization and urbanization of society, the role of science and technology, and the physiological and psychological differences between men and women.

About the Author:
Elaine F. Weiss is a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and on National Public Radio. She is a frequent 
correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

October 21, 2009

 "Autumn Gem"
Film screening and discussion with the filmmakers

"Autumn Gem" is a film documentary on China's first feminist. It explores the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women’s rights activist Qiu Jin (1875 – 1907). During the reign of the last dynasty in China, Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and demanded equal rights and opportunities for women. At a time when women’s lives were often marked by repressive practices such as footbinding, arranged marriages, and denial of education, she envisioned a future where women would free themselves from the confines of tradition and emerge as strong and active citizens of a new and modern nation.

Co-sponsored by the Cogut Center, East Asian Studies, the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Pembroke Center.

October 7, 2009

 "Re-inscribing the Colonial Dilemma in a Conscript of Global Modernity: CLR James and Moby-Dick" 

Donald Pease, Professor of English and Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities at Dartmouth College is an authority on nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature and literary theory. Prof. Pease's lecture will lift C.L.R. James's Mariners Renegades and Castaways out of the field of superseded historiographical and ideological concerns in which it has been contextualized, and to address a different set of questions to this untimely work. In writing about Moby-Dick while interned on Ellis Island, James fashioned himself as a colonial conscript rather than an agent of global modernity. Prof. Pease hopes to bring to the fore the tragic colonial dilemma that James inscribed in Melville's classic modern text so as to demonstrate the ways in which Mariners Renegades and Castaways addresses concerns of the postcolonial present.

This lecture is part of a series sponsored by the Critical Global Humanities Initiative, a collaboration of the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Africana Studies, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, and International Affairs.

October 7, 2009

 "The Art of Literary Memoir and Biography" 

Susan Cheever ʼ65 has written fourteen books, ranging from fiction to memoir to biography. Her nonfiction includes My Name is Bill—Bill Wilson: His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, a biography of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson; Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, John Cheever; Note Found in a Bottle, a memoir of her own alcoholism and recovery; and Treetops: A Memoir. Her most recent book is American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.

Part of the Great Brown Nonfiction Writers Lecture Series 2009-10.