Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)



January 7, 2015 (All day) to March 4, 2015 (All day)
AIR ReFreshed Art Exhibition
113 Dickinson Hall

The GSS Gallery is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
 
A.I.R. was the first all female cooperative gallery in the United States. It was founded in 1972 with the objective of providing a professional and permanent exhibition space for women artists during a time in which the works shown at commercial galleries in New York City were almost exclusively by male artists. An alternative means to exhibit women’s art, A.I.R. Gallery was originally located in SoHo at 97 Wooster Street and is now located at 111 Front Street in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.
A.I.R. is a non-profit organization that aims to show the diversity and artistic talent of women. Additional goals are to teach, to challenge stereotypes of female artists, and to subvert the historically male-dominated commercial gallery scene. A.I.R. Gallery is an artist directed and maintained gallery. It is our hope to provide a sense of community for women and to serve as a model for alternative galleries and organizations.
The goal of this exhibition is primarily to celebrate the existence and mission of A.I.R. Gallery for these past 40+ years by showing the diversity and breadth of art currently being made by women from across the country. Insofar as A.I.R. Gallery ahs long supported women artists in finding their inner visions and individual voices, this traveling exhibit serves as a focus on what is important to each of us now, a “litmus test” of the times.
Secondly, while much has changed and continues to change within the art world, it can be argued that there remains a very real bias toward work by male artists. This then, was an additional incentive for this traveling show, which began in September 2014 and will continue through the summer of 2015 stopping at five different sites across the country:
Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville TN, Adore Gallery, San Francisco CA, here, Washington University, St. Louis MO, and Governor’s Island, New York NY.
 
Please note that additional information about A.I.R. Gallery and all of the member artists can be found on our website www.airgallery.org

March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel
113 Dickinson Hall

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.
Lunch will be provided.

March 5, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Graduate Student Reading Group
113 Dickinson Hall

Benjamin Bernard, Graduate Student, Department of History.
 
The purpose of this reading group is to provide a space for graduate students (and faculty) from across all disciplines interested in questions of gender and sexuality to meet in a collegial setting over light refreshments to share and discuss recent scholarly work in the field, including their own. Meetings begin with a few brief words by the group member(s) who selected the reading(s) and are follwed by group discussion.
 
To obtain the readings or for further details, please contact Joshua Rivas (Department of French and Italian) at jrivas@princeton.edu.

March 11, 2015 - 4:30pm
Pedagogy Panel on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
1879 Hall, Room 137

Join panelists Michelle McKinley, Heather Love, Larissa Brewer-Garcia, and Vaughn Booker for an interactive discussion.
Michelle McKinley is a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Law and Public Affairs and Associate Professor of Law at University of Oregon Law School. Her research focuses on conceptions of race in Latin America and Iberia, and her teaching uses critical race feminisms to interrogate citizenship.
 
Heather Love is the Stanley Kelley, Jr., Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in Gender and Sexuality Studies, visiting from her position as the R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests include queer theory, gender studies, and pedagogy and mentorship in queer studies. 
 
Larissa Brewer-Garcia is the Cotsen postdoctoral fellow in Race and Ethnicity Studies in the Society of Fellows. Her research and teaching interests include colonial Latin American and early modern Caribbean cultural productions, representations of the African diaspora in the early modern Atlantic and Pacific.
 
Vaughn Booker is a PhD candidate in Religion in the Americas completing a Graduate Certificate in African American Studies. He is interested in 20th century African American religious history, particularly religious constructions of "race histories," African American women's religious leadership, and popular discourses of African American religion.

March 23, 2015 - 4:30pm
American Studies Lapidus Lecture - Golda Meir: American roots, Zionist life
Location to be announced

Professor Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law, is this year's Lapidus Lecturer in the Program in American Studies.
 
Born in abject poverty in Kiev, Czarist Russia, Golda Meir ended her formidable life as Prime Minister of Israel. In this lecture, Professor Lahav explores the American tissue of Golda's identity.
in 1906, Golda and her family immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she attended public school, learned English and steeped herself in the progressive culture of the period. By the time she arrived in Palestine in 1922, she was a married woman, an aspiring politician gifted at making connections with her audience, and a passionate follower of Socialist Zionism. Amidst pervasive gender-based discrimination she spent most of her time in the company of men and rose to the top of the Israeli political leadership. In 1969, her party elected her as Prime Minister of Israel, a role that brought her to the White House and secured her a powerful voice on the world stage. The 1973 Yom Kippur War, which occurred on her watch, precipitously ended her career. She died heartbroken, five years later.
 
The lecture addresses the American fingerprints on Golda's identity and the impact that major legal developments in the United States during and after World War I had on her emotional and political development. It also covers some crucial milestones for her - her difficult family life, her success at codifying fair labor standards for Israel, and the challenges of navigating Israeli politics between the Six Day and Yom Kippur wars.
 
Pnina Lahav is a Professor Law at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Yale Law School and Boston University. She earned several prestigious fellowships including a Rockefeller Fellowship, a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, CA and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also served as a Religion Fellow at Boston University's School of Theology. Professor Lahav has published numerous articles on constitutional law, freedom of expression and women's rights. Most recently she has been working on the issue of women's prayers in Judaism and Islam.  Presently she is working on a biography of Golda Meir through the gender lens.
 
Cosponsored by the Program in American Studies.

March 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where Do We Go From Here? Fans, Fanfiction, and the Media, Publishing, and Entertainment Industries
Location to be announced

Please join us for this panel discussion, moderated by Anne Jamison *01, visiting professor, graduate alumna, and author of the first book-length study of fanfaction (Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over The World, 2013). This panel brings together fans, journalists, and other industry observers to discuss the changing relationships among American fans and their fanworks, the industries that sell them the stories they love, and the journalists trying to cover it all while adjusting to their own transforming industry. Join Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, Jamie Broadnax of the podcast and website Black Girl Nerds, Elizabeth Minkel of The Millions and The New Statesman, and Heidi Tandy, intellectual property attorney and longtime fan, as we look at where we have come and try to anser the question: where do we go from here?
 
Cosponsored by the Department of English, the Program in American Studies, and the Council of the Humanities.

March 26, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Graduate Student Reading Group
113 Dickinson Hall

Dara Z. Strolovitch, Associate Professor, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Affiliated Faculty, Department of Politics AND Regina Kunzel, Doris Stevens Professor in Women's Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Professor, Department of Histsory.
 
The purpose of this reading group is to provide a space for graduate students (and faculty) from across all disciplines interested in questions of gender and sexuality to meet in a collegial setting over light refreshments to share and discuss recent scholarly work in the field, including their own. Meetings begin with a few brief words by the group member(s) who selected the reading(s) and are follwed by group discussion.
 
To obtain the readings or for further details, please contact Joshua Rivas (Department of French and Italian) at jrivas@princeton.edu.

March 27, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Spring 2015 Colloquium: Lightning in a Panel - the American Superhero and the invention of a modern mythology
Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Join us for a conversation with veteran comics writers Dennis O'Neil, Paul Levitz, Louise and Walter Simonson, and Larry Hama, as they speak on the origins of superhero stories and the proliferation of this genre into film and television. The writers' contributions have inspired today's prominent superhero narratives, including the Batman, G.I. Joe, X-Men and Thor films, and the Arrow TV series. Their works explore the dual role of such stories as both modernity myths and historical narratives for a multicultural, technological society. 
Cosponsored by the Department of English, Princeton Writing Program, Program in American Studies, and Council of the Humanities.

March 28, 2015 (All day)
Workshop on Feminist Theory and Practice in Academia
Kerstetter Room, 301 Marx Hall Structure

The Princeton University Workshop on Feminist Theory and Practice in Academia will serve as a venue for scholars from different backgrounds and experience levels to discuss feminist theory, methodology, and practice within academic settings. Featuring Nancy Hirschmann, Linda Martín Alcoff, Imani Perry, Liz Harman, and Shatema Threadcraft. 
Co-sponsored by the University Center for Human Values.
 

March 31, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Miss America 2014 - Nina Davuluri
Location to Be Announced

Closing Women's History Month and opening Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, this event will be focusing on Ms. Davuluri's experience with her "Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency" and "Circle of Unity" service projects, her responses to the racist or racially-charged controversy following her win, and the ways in which she navigates the relationship between her gender, ethnicity, and nationality.

April 1, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Sophomore Open House
113 Dickinson Hall

Designed to help sophomores learn about departmental programs and requirements, and to give a better sense of what it is like to be an undergraduate concentrator. Current concentrators will be here to answer questions and talk about the Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.  Students of all years are welcome to learn about the GSS certificate..

April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post" by Emily M. Danforth
113 Dickinson Hall

When Cameron Post's parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they'll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl. But that relief doesn't last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned by hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both. Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship - one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultrareligious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to "fix" her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self - even if she's not exactly sure who that is. The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a stunning and unforgettable literary debut about discovering who you are and finding the courage to live life according to your own rules.
Lunch will be provided.

April 8, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
FFR LGBTQ Spring Lecture: Janet Mock and Imani Perry in Conversation
Fields Center Multipurpose Room

New York Times bestselling author and advocate for trans women's rights, Janet Mock, will join Professor Imani Perry, professor of African American Studies, and author of More Beautiful and More Terrible, in conversation. Imani Perry is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and an interdisciplinary scholar who studies race and African American culture using the tools provided by various disciplines including: law, literary and cultural studies, music, and the social sciences. Janet Mock is the author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Currently, she hosts the weekly culture show "So-POPular!" on MSNBC's Shift network and serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.
Cosponsored by the Fund for Reunion, Fields Center, Women's Center, and LGBT Center.

April 11, 2015 - 4:30pm
Natural Law and the Foundations of Sexual Ethics
Guyot Hall Room 10

All are welcome to join the Princeton Anscombe Society 10th Anniversary Lecture, given by Prof. Edward Feser, and moderated by Prof. Robert George, as well as the reception afterwards. 
Professor Edward Feser, Lecturer, is  a Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College. Professor Robert George, Moderator, is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princton University.
 
Co-sponsored by the Anscombe Society.

April 16, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Graduate Student Reading Group
113 Dickinson Hall

Anna Bonnell-Freidin, Graduate Student, Department of Classics.
 
The purpose of this reading group is to provide a space for graduate students (and faculty) from across all disciplines interested in questions of gender and sexuality to meet in a collegial setting over light refreshments to share and discuss recent scholarly work in the field, including their own. Meetings begin with a few brief words by the group member(s) who selected the reading(s) and are follwed by group discussion.
 
To obtain the readings or for further details, please contact Joshua Rivas (Department of French and Italian) at jrivas@princeton.edu.

April 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:20pm
Sophia Rising: The Making of "Women's Wisdom" in American Thought, 1960s-80s
210 Dickinson Hall

Workshop with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Co-sponsored with the Program in American Studies.
 

April 22, 2015 - 4:30pm
2015 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture with Joan Scott
McCormick 101

"Fifty Years of Academic Feminism" with Joan Scott.  
 
Historian Joan Scott explores her long career in women's, gender, and sexuality studies in its historical context.
 
Joan Scott’s groundbreaking work has challenged the foundations of conventional historical practice, including the nature of historical evidence and historical experience and the role of narrative in the writing of history. Broadly, the object of her work is the question of difference in history: its uses, enunciations, implementations, justifications, and transformations in the construction of social and political life. Scott’s recent books have focused on the vexed relationship of the particularity of gender to the universalizing force of democratic politics. They include Gender and the Politics of History(1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parité: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005), The Politics of the Veil (2007), and The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011).
Please join us for a reception in Prospect House immediately following the lecture.
 

April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Orange is the New Black" by Piper Kerman with remarks by Jill Dolan
113 Dickinson Hall

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.
Our Program Director, Professor Jill Dolan, will attend this gathering to facilitate a discussion about the TV show of the same title, in conjunction with the book.
Jill Dolan is the Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater at Princeton University, where she also directs the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of The Feminist Spectator as Critic (1989, reissued in a 2012 anniversary edition with a new introduction and extended bibliography), Utopia in Performance: Finding Hope at the Theatre (2005), Theatre & Sexuality (2010), and many other books and essays. She won the 2011 Outstanding Teach Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a lifetime achievement award from the Women and Theatre Program (2011). Dolan is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre and of the National Theatre Conference in the US. She writes The Feminist Spectator blog at www.TheFeministSpectator.com, for which she won the 2010-2011 George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism. A book of her selected blog posts and new essays, The Feminist Spectator in Action: Feminist Criticism for Stage and Screen, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Lunch will be provided.

May 13, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Ghana Must Go" by Taiye Selasi
113 Dickinson Hall

Kwaku Sai is dead. A renowned surgeon and failed husband, he succumbs suddenly at dawn outside the home he shares in Ghana with his second wife. The news of Kwaku's death send a ripple around the world, bringing together the family he abandoned years before. Ghana Must Go is their story. Electric, exhilarating, beautifully crafted, Ghana Must Go follows the Sais' journey, moving with great elegance through time and place to share the truths hidden and lies told; the crimes committed in the name of love.
Lunch will be provided.