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Women's History Month Colloquium Series: 2017 Events

Dates, Places & Times

The Stony Brook University Libraries will host a series of events in honor of Women's History Month.  Please join us for:

University Libraries Present: An Interdisciplinary Panel on Gender in Honor of Women's History Month

March 1, 2017, 2:00-3:30

Special Collections Seminar Room, 2nd floor of Melville Library

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University Libraries Present: Literary Karaoke in Honor of Women's History Month

March 7, 2017, 2:00-3:00

Center for Scholarly Communication, 2nd floor of the North Reading Room, Melville Library

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University Libraries Present: A Lecture by Dr. Patricia Aceves

March 9, 2017, 1:00-2:00

Special Collections Seminar Room, 2nd floor of Melville Library

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University Libraries Present: Film Screening in Honor of Women's History Month

March 21, 2017, 2:00-3:30

Center for Scholarly Communication, 2nd floor of the North Reading Room, Melville Library

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University Libraries Present: Women in STEM: Past, Present, and Future

March 28, 2017, 1:00-2:30

Special Collections Seminar Room, 2nd floor of Melville Library

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University Libraries Present: An Interdisciplinary Panel on Gender in Honor of Women's History Month

March 1, 2017, 2:00-3:30

Speakers on this interdisciplinary panel will address gender from diverse perspectives informed by their research, placing this discourse in context with other divisive or isolating facets of the human experience to promote a rich and multi-faceted discussion.
 
Lisa Diedrich                                                                                 
 

Teaching Disability in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lisa Diedrich is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and is affiliated faculty with the PhD concentration in Disability Studies in the School of Health Technology and Management. Her research and teaching interests are in critical medical studies, disability studies, and feminist and queer theories and methods. She is the author of Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (2007) and Indirect Action: Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, AIDS, and the Course of Health Activism (2016).

 

Victoria Hesford                                                                               Displaying vicky.png

 

Gesture, Revolt, and 1970s Feminism

In this talk I will discuss how 1970s women's films provide us with a means to historicize the complex temporality of 1970s feminism. My talk will focus on John Cassavete's 1974 film "A Woman Under the Influence" as an example of a film that, through its emphasis on gesture and performance, opens up the complexity of "Woman" as a political category in the 1970s. 

 

Victoria Hesford is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research interests can be situated at the intersection of the interdisciplinary fields of American studies, feminist cultural studies, and queer studies.  Her first book, Feeling Women’s Liberation, which offers a critical history of the rhetorical production of women’s liberation, was published by Duke University Press in June 2013. She has also published essays in, among other places, Women’s Studies Quarterly and Feminist Theory, and South Atlantic Quarterly.

victoria.hesford@stonybrook.edu

Tracey Walters                                                                                    tw

 

The Politics of Invisibility: The (Mis)representation of the Black Female Domestic Worker in Visual and Performing Arts

"The Politics of Invisibility: The (Mis)representation of the Black Female Domestic Worker in Visual and Performing arts" focuses on two main issues 1) How have black artists used film, photography, theatre, and fiction to bring to life stories about black female domestic workers of African, African American, and Caribbean descent working across the globe. 2) How do black artists challenge stereotypical representations of the black female domestic worker portrayed in pop culture? 3). How does the artistic representation of the black female domestic worker relate to current debates about immigration/migration and social justice/resistance?

Dr. Tracey L. Walters is Associate Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Stony Brook University where she also holds an affiliate appointment with the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Dr. Walters works in the areas of African American Women’s Literature Black British literature. She has published a number of articles on the subject of African Diasporic Women’s literature and two books: African American Women and the Classicists Tradition: Black Women Writers from Wheatley to Morrison (Palgrave 2007) and edited the collection Zadie Smith: Critical Essays (Peter Lang 2008). Walters is currently completing a multimedia project on Caribbean nannies in New York. In Fall 2013, Dr. Walters received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Stony Brook University chapter of the NAACP.

 

Peg Christoff                                                                                 Peg Christoff

 

Women in US-Asian Relations:  Student Perspectives on Oral History

We often think of American foreign policy as being conducted by an elite diplomatic corps of (mostly) men. In fact, from the early 1800s to the present day, women in both the US and Asia have, at times, supported and, at other times, challenged the very foundations of foreign diplomatic relations.  Over the past two years, SBU students in a course titled "Women in US-Asian Relations" conducted in-person interviews to learn about many different types of accomplishments that involve diplomats, scholars, journalists, filmmakers, human rights activists, medical personnel, heads of non-governmental organizations, business women, and so on.  In my talk, I briefly discuss these student projects, which are on a "Shared Shelf" in the SBU Libraries.

Peg Christoff, PhD, is Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Director in Asian and Asian American Studies.  Her scholarly interests include pedagogy in Asian and Asian American studies. Special topics are migration and displacement, cultural preservation, social transformation, and the changing roles of women. She received a BA from the University of Minnesota and MA/PhD degrees from American University, all in the field of International Relations. She has worked as a consultant for the East-West Center, Library of Congress, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

 

University Libraries Present: Women in STEM: Past, Present, and Future

March 28, 2017, 1:00-2:30

 

Nancy Tomes                                                                                Tomes photo

 

Nancy Tomes is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.  After attending Oberlin College and the University of Kentucky, she earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, where she studied with Charles E. Rosenberg.    Since 1978, she has taught history at Stony Brook University.  Tomes has authored four books: A Generous Confidence: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Art of Asylum Keeping (Cambridge, 1984; U Penn, 1994) ); Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness Before 1914, with Lynn Gamwell (Cornell, 1995); The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life (Harvard, 1998), and Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (UNC Press, 2016) She has co-edited two collections, Medicine’s Moving Pictures, with Leslie Reagan and Paula Treichler (Rochester, 2007) and Patients as Policy Actors with Beatrix Hoffman, Rachel Grob, and Mark Schlesinger (Rutgers, 2011).  In collaboration with Duke University Library’s Special Collections, she developed “Medicine and Madison Avenue,” a website on the history of health related advertising available at http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/mma/.  Her research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Library of Medicine, the National Humanities Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Institute for Mental Health.   She won both the American Association for the History of Medicine’s Welch medal and the History of Science Society’s Davis prize for Gospel of Germs.  In 2011, the American Public Health Association awarded her the Arthur Viseltear Award for “her distinguished body of scholarship in the history of public health.”  From 2012 to 2014 she served as President of the American Association for the History of Medicine.  In 2015, she was promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor in the SUNY system. 

Contact information:

Email: nancy.tomes@stonybrook.edu

Mailing address: Department of History

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348 

 

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