Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)



November 5, 2014 (All day) to January 7, 2015 (All day)
Art Exhibition: Group Exhibit
113 Dickinson Hall

Select pieces from the artists of our past exhibitions.

January 7, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
GSS Book Club: "A Queer and Pleasant DANGER" a Memoir by Kate Bornstein
113 Dickinson Hall

The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today.
Kate Bornstein - gender theorist, performance artist, author - is set to change lives with her compelling memoir.  Wickedly funny and disarmingly honest, this is Bornstein's most intimate book yet, encompassing her early childhood and adolescence, college at Brown, a life in the theater, three marriages and fatherhood, the Scientology hierarchy, transsexual life, LGBTQ politics, and life on the road as a sought-after speaker.
Lunch will be provided.

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.

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 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 22, 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.

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!

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.