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Date: October 7, 2013
On Monday, October 7th, Carol Queen met with the Simmons community to discuss the development of sex positive feminism at 5:00pm in the Kotzen Meeting Room.
Carol Queen is a writer, speaker, educator and activist in the sex positive feminist movement. She has written extensively on human sexuality, helped found one of the first United States youth organizations for gays and lesbians, and is passionate about empowering others to discover their own unique sexual profile.
This event brought to light the fascinating history behind the creation of the sex-positive movement.
Date: March 28, 2013
On Thursday, March 28th, Brooke Sulahian and Jean Campbell from Hope for Our Sisters, Inc presented a screening and discussion of A Walk to Beautiful. This documentary follows the stories of five Ethiopian women, suffering from injuries sustained during childbirth, as they journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in search of healing. After viewing this moving film, attendees discussed their reactions to the documentary and the challenges faced by women in accessing reproductive health services around the world.
Date: March 27, 2013
On Wednesday, March 27th, the Women's and Gender Studies invited the Simmons community to join us in celebrating the publications of Professor Carole Biewener and Melissa Kappotis. Professor Biewener published her newest book, L'empowerment, une pratique émancipatrice, and Melissa Kappotis published her first novel, This City of Shadows.
Date: March 20, 2013
This year's Bread and Roses Dinner took place on Wednesday, March 20th in the Kotzen Meeting Room.
The Bread and Roses Dinner honors the strike of the Lawrence mill workers, most of them immigrant women, who demanded not only fair wages but also the "roses" needed for a satisfying life. Professor Laurie Crumpacker presented the moving history behind this event.
Date: March 20, 2013
A Presentation by Dr. Ardis Cameron
On Wednesday, March 20th, Dr. Ardis Cameron journeyed to Simmons to speak about the lasting positive influences of the Bread and Roses strike on the labor movement. Dr. Cameron is the author of Radicals of the Worst Sort: The Laboring Women of Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1860-1912 and a professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine. A lively discussion was sparked between students, faculty and staff in attendance.
Date: November 15, 2012
A Presentation by Harriet Feinberg
On November 15th, Dr. Harriet Feinberg came to Simmons to present the fascinating history of Carrie Chapman Catt and Aletta Jacobs' ground-breaking journey.
One hundred years ago, United States suffrage leader Carrie Chapman Catt and Dutch Jewish physician, suffrage leader, and peace activist Aletta Jacobs traveled in Africa and Asia, looking into the condition of women and encouraging them to organize on their own behalf. The two realized that the struggle for women's empowerment could not be limited to white Western women but needed to be worldwide. The 'travel letters' Jacobs wrote regularly for a Dutch newspaper, together with Catt's diary and her reports to several feminist publications, provide a window into their bold venture as well as a perspective on today's struggles.
Harriet Feinberg edited the English translation of Aletta Jacobs's autobiography Memories: My Life as an International Leader in Health, Suffrage, and Peace (The Feminist Press, 1996). She formerly taught English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She holds an Ed.D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Date: March 26, 2012
On Monday, March 26, 2012, the Women's and Gender Studies and the Graduate Program of Gender/Cultural Studies hosted a panel discussion: "Is Queer Theory too Queer? A Discussion."
The discussion was led by Jo Trigilio, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy, Jess Deshayes, 2012 graduate of the Gender/Cultural Studies Program, and Shayne Zaslow, 2011 graduate of the Gender/Cultural Studies Program. This discussion explored topics such as the connections between theory and activism, the lag between academia and the community, and ways to integrate academic exploration with community involvement.
Date: March 14, 2012
The 2012 Bread and Roses Dinner celebration took place on Wednesday, March 14th.
Professor Laura Prieto presented the moving history behind this event.
This year's theme was "Celebrating Women: Then and Now" and featured a slideshow with pictures and biographies of influencial women, including such inspiring women as Sojourner Truth, Audre Lorde, Indira Gandhi, and Susan B. Anthony.
Date: September 29, 2011
On September 29, 2011, the Women's and Gender Studies Department co-hosted, with Africana Studies, the lecture and reception "Women, Education and Leadership in Cape Verde" with Dr. Victor Borges.
Dr. Borges is the former Cape Verde Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Education and Human Resources Development, and Minister of Culture and Sports. He is the Diplomat in Residence at Bridgewater State University in the Center for International Engagement which brings distinguished government officials to the United States to lecture, deliver speeches, and participate in a range of activities with students and members of the larger community. Dr. Borges was named a Fellow-Visitor to the Bureau of European Policy Advisers of the European Commission. He also served as a member of the Governing Body of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and as a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO. He was the Coordinator of the Swiss Co-operation Office in Cape Verde; General Coordinator of education projects in the Ministry of Education, funded by the World Bank; Director of the primary education upgrading project, also funded by the World Bank; and Director of the Education 1 project funded by the African Development Bank.
Date: March 22, 2011
The 2011 Bread and Roses Dinner celebration took place on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Professor Kelly Hager presented the moving history behind this event.
Date: March 16, 2011
On March 16, 2011, the Women's and Gender Studies Department held What is a Feminst Reader? A Conversation. In celebration of Women's History Month, and in response to Bitch magazine's list of "100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader," the Women's and Gender Studies Department asked the question: what is a feminist reader? The panel was moderated by Kelly Hager, Associate Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies, who served as Chair of Women's & Gender Studies for the 2010/2011 academic year. Opening remarks were given by Christy Lusiak, a certified domestic violence and sexual abuse counselor and Lecturer in English and Women's & Gender Studies, and Amy Pattee, Associate Professor, GSLIS, and author of Reading the Adolescent Romance.
Date: November 10, 2010
On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the Women's and Gender Studies Department held a Fall Welcome Meeting. Simmons students majoring or minoring in Women's and Gender Studies, or interested in majoring or minoring, gathered with faculty members to discuss the department requirements, socialize and enjoy pizza and cake.
Date: March 23, 2010
The 2010 Bread and Roses Dinner celebration took place on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Jill Taylor was honored for her many years of service to Simmons College and Laura Prieto presented the history behind this event.
Pictured: Laurie Crumpacker, Ssanyu Nutt-Birigwa, Elisa Kreisinger, Mary Jane Treacy, Diane Hammer, Brittany Backhaus, Meghan Killian, and Jo Trigilio