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

February 2, 2015 - 4:30pm
Queer Metrics: Towards an Anthropology of Small Things - Martin Manalansan IV
McCormick 106

We live in an age of metrics. Value, personhood, and survival are appraised, calculated and evaluated according to imposed sets of official measures and standards. Using an ethnography of a single household of queer undocumented immigrants in New York City, this presentation explores a queer anti-metric stance and process as alternatives to the world gone mad on regulated appraisals and assessments by a focus on the pivotal force of mess and the vitality of small things.
Martin F. Manalansan IV is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies and a Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  He is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Global Studies Program and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.   He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006) which was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2003. He is editor/co-editor of three anthologies namely, Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple University Press, 2000) and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York University Press, 2002), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013) as well as a special issue of International Migration Review on gender and migration. Presently, he is Social Science Review Editor of GLQ: a journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies.
Cosponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of East Asian Studies, Department of English, Department of Politics, Department of Religion, Center for African American Studies, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Council for the Humanities.

February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay
113 Dickinson Hall

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay. In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journeys of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
Lunch will be provided.

February 4, 2015 - 4:30pm
“The Disability in Racial Dystopias” - Mel Chen
McCormick 106

This talk brings under the framework of “racial dystopia” the racialization of environment through and within the invocation of disability.  Drawing from select literary works as well as archival research on drug laws that involve racial enmeshments and the control of human encounters with inhuman substances, Chen explores the constitution of logics that inform such diverse attributions as "post-Asian," "post-American," "post-human," and "post-race."
Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at U.C. Berkeley, and is the author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke, 2012, winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Award, MLA) as well as articles in diverse publications such as Amerasia, Discourse, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, GLQ, and Women in Performance. With Jasbir K. Puar, Chen is coeditor of the new Duke book series entitled Anima. Chen serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies.
Cosponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of East Asian Studies, Department of English, Department of Politics, Department of Religion, Center for African American Studies, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Council for the Humanities,

February 9, 2015 (All day)
Joan Kelly Talk
Location to be announced

Professor Joan Kelly teaches at Nanyang Technological University's School of Art Design and Media. She has conducted cutting edge research on sex workers in Singapore and Culcutta, India. This presentation will focus on her work, and how she has used art to help sex workers present themselves and portray how they view themselves and their work.
More information coming soon!

February 10, 2015 - 4:30pm
Assembling Race: Ethnographies of Language and Media Production Among Asian Americans - Shalini Shankar
McCormick 106

This talk investigates modalities through which racial and ethnic meanings are produced for mass-mediated circulation in a so-called post-racial society and studies the subjective consequences for Asian Americans. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with advertising agencies and at spelling bees, Shankar employs the concept of assemblage to consider how race and ethnicity are vetted and constructed for media consumption through visual, linguistic, and material semiotics.
Shalini Shankar is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose interests include race, ethnicity, language, semiotics, capitalism, media and youth. Shankar received her BA from Wesleyan University (CT) and her MA and Ph.D. from New York University. She has conducted ethnographic research with South Asian American communities and with Asian American advertising executives in New York and California. Her books include Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian American Consumers (Duke University Press, April 2015) and Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as a co-edited volume Language and Materiality: Theoretical and Ethnographic Explorations (Oxford University Press, under review). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, The Spencer Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and other sources. She has published numerous journal articles in Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and other fields. She is currently conducting fieldwork for her project, “The Business of Spelling: Branded Bees, Neoliberal Socialization, and Language Commodification,” in New York, New Jersey, and other sites, focusing on spelling bees, spellers, families, and media producers.  
Cosponsored by Department of Anthropology, Department of East Asian Studies, Department of English, Department of Politics, Department of Religion, Center for African American Studies, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Council for the Humanities.

February 24, 2015 - 4:30pm
Kelly Cogswell Talk
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

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 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 27, 2015 (All day)
Spring 2015 Colloquium: Lightning in a Panel - the American Superhero and the invention of a modern mythology
Location to be announced

With the current proliferation of superhero narratives in film and television, a once marginal medium and genre - - comics and superhero stories - - are flourishing as popular cultural artifacts worthy of scholarly study. This lecture and Q&A session with veteran comics writers turned practicing scholars Denny O'Neil, Paul Levitz, Louise Simonson, and Larry Hama will offer an engaging discussion into how these stories co-function as modernity myths and historical narratives modeling a changing multicultural society.
Denny, Paul, Louise, and Larry's contributions have led to many superhero stories (in particular, the recent Batman and X-Men films, and the ongoing Green Arrow TV series). They have stepped back in recent years from their lifelong crafts to write increasingly reflective works about the medium and its spectacel characters. The speakers offer a unique perspective from a time when comics were an overlooked arts & entertainment industry, examing how and why its subcultural stories have migrated into a larger public conversation over the past 30 years, and how the depiction of gender, sexuality and race has evolved during this time.

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

The Workshop will serve as a venue for scholars in the social sciences to discuss feminist theory, methodology, and practice within academic settings. The Workshop will take place over one day, consisting of four 80-minute panels, a roundtable discussion, and a keynote address.  Nancy Hirschmann (Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania) will deliver the Workshop's keynote address. Each panel will be organized around a key theme or question, to be determined by panelists invited from the greater Princeton area (NJ, NY, and PA). Princeton faculty and graduate students will serve as co-panelists.
Ultimately, the goal is to connect academics from different backgrounds and levels of experience who are interested in studying, practicing, and teaching feminism; to serve as testing ground for new ideas, projects, and collaborations; and to begin an informal working group that can serve as the basis for continuing dialogue.
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 - 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 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

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.
More information coming soon!

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.