Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture

Dr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Nancy Miller endowed the Meredith Miller Lecture series in memory of their daughter, Meredith, Princeton class of 1993, who was killed during a carjacking in Arlington, Virginia in 1994.  Although Meredith had not been a women’s studies student, her parents wanted to honor her commitment to the political, economic, and social concerns of women by establishing this lecture as a regular part of our program.  In this way, they chose to mark their daughter’s memory in a public and communal manner and to remember her, not only for her intelligence and her accomplishments as a student, but for her dedication to the ideals of feminism, as well as those of racial and religious freedom.  Meredith Miller was the salutatorian of her high school class and graduated from Princeton with honors, majoring in Politics.  After graduating from Princeton, she began a graduate degree at the George Washington School of Political Management and worked for “Emily’s List” in Washington.  She dedicated herself to her own community in Tampa, Florida and, as a volunteer, committed herself to feminist and Jewish issues.  At the time of her death, she was preparing for a career devoted to the concerns of women.  With this endowment, her parents and her brother have sought to perpetuate her memory and her ideals. The Program's Meredith Miller Memorial Lectures have been an annual event since 1996.

Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture

The 2024 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture speaker will be announced soon.

Past Meredith Miller Memorial Lectures

Why Is Sex a “Thing”? Making Relations against a Colonial World
April 1, 2024

Settler-colonial states like Canada and the US have forged their societies and governance systems with theories of what is natural, and have centered specific property regimes while doing so. Concepts of nature and property have been at the heart of violence toward first peoples of the Americas, peoples of African descent, women, children, the…

The Intersectional Politics of Abortion Bans, Criminalized Pregnancy, and Adoption
April 6, 2023

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health spotlights the entanglement of three form of state reproductive violence—abortion bans, criminalization of pregnancy, and forced family separation. Although the mainstream reproductive rights movement historically has failed to recognize this entanglement, Dobbs