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 Women’s Studies Speaker Series
Women’s Studies Certificate Program
Center for the Study of Women and Society
The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
Spring 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Room 9207
Early Modern Women and Communities of Science
MEREDITH RAY, Professor of Italian Studies at the University of Delaware and President of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, is the author of Margherita Sarrocchi’s Letters to Galileo: Astronomy, Astrology, and Poetics in Seventeenth-Century Italy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Harvard University Press, 2015); and Writing Gender in Women’s Letter Collections of the Italian Renaissance (Toronto University Press), winner of an American Association for Italian Studies Book Prize.  She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Currently she is working on a new project examining women’s intellectual exchanges between early modern Italy and Poland.
The event is co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance and
The CUNY Academy for Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:30-8:00 pm
Room 9205
The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter/Ernestine Rose/International Feminist Pioneer 
BONNIE ANDERSON was a professor of History and Women’s Studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York for over thirty years. The Rabbi’s Atheist Daughter is her fourth book about women’s history. Her previous publications include Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's Movement, 1830-1860 (Oxford University Press), and A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present (Oxford University Press), co-authored with Judith Zinsser. Anderson gives speeches on Rose, women’s movements, international feminism, the history of sexuality, and women’s issues today.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Room 9207
“Out of Bounds: Female Spectacle in the Shakespearean City”
CRISTINE VARHOLY, Associate Professor of English at Hampden-Sydney College, is the author of "'But She Woulde Not Consent': Women's Narratives of Sexual Assault and Compulsion in Early Modern London" in Violence, Politics and Gender in Early Modern England, 2008 and "'Rich Like a Lady': Cross-Class Dressing in the Brothels and Theaters of Early Modern England," in Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 8:1 (Spring/Summer 2008). She is the recipient of the Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fellowship, 2008-2009.
The event is co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance and
The CUNY Academy for Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, March 17, 2017           
10:30 a.m. – 7:30 pm
Room C 201/C 202 and C203
Empowerment of Women in Changing World of Work -- CONFERENCE
The NGO Committee on The Status of Women Forum, sponsored by NGO CSW/NY, will present eight events based on the priority theme of CSW 61: “The Economic Empowerment of Women in the Changing World of Work” or the review theme, “Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls’ or the emerging theme, “The Empowerment of Indigenous Women”.
Monday, March 20, 2017
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Rooms 9204 and 9205
Women Writing Women’s Lives                                          
“Something to Offend Everyone”: The Muckraking Life and Times of Jessica Mitford
CARLA KAPLAN: In the Gilded Age, muckraking encouraged the belief that citizens, armed with facts, could bring corrupt politicians and corporations to justice.  After a period of immense popularity, however, muckraking lost status, partly for appealing too easily to feelings.  Who could have predicted that a British aristocrat would revive this quintessentially American form?  Dubbed “Queen of the Muckrakers” by Time magazine (to her great delight), Jessica Mitford broke with muckraking’s sentimentality to restore its civic power, changing American laws from funerals to prisons.  She joked that her muckraking contained “something to offend everyone” but, in fact, her targets were always those in power, always those who exploited others more vulnerable. Jessica Mitford, born (in 1917) to wealthy, eccentric, right-wing aristocrats, was not raised to muckrake. Jessica Mitford not only traveled far afield from her right-wing upbringing, she also, Kaplan will show, created a pathway for other progressives and radicals to follow.  In the current context of false news reports and officials who deny the relevance of facts, the kind of muckraking that Mitford practiced, along with her model of the citizen-activist, becomes more relevant than ever.
Cosponsored with Writing Women’s Lives, WSCP, Leon  Levy Center for Biography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, and the Center for the Humanities. MA Program in Women and Gender Studies
Monday, March 27, 2017
4:00 -6:00 pm
Room 9204
Starting from Injustice: Political Theory for the Disadvantaged
NAOMI ZACK: From Plato to Rawls, political philosophers have focused on justice. And from Cicero to Dwarkin, they have assumed or posited equality as a fundamental requirement for justice, although universal human equality is a very recent posit in comparison to equality within privileged groups. But neither ideals of justice nor equality address injustice when some are treated justly and others are not. Sometimes this contrast in treatment motivates inquiry. For instance: How can formal equality coexist with practical inequality? When is practical inequality unjust? Applicative justice may bridge the gap between those justly and unjustly treated, by applying the rules and practices of justice enjoyed by the former, to the latter. More generally, the progressive theorist should provide a theory of injustice, instead of a theory of justice––there is little if any justification for the claim that we need to understand what ideal justice is, before we can correct injustice. Between ideal justice and real injustice, there are many contending interests and practices and a theory of injustice is thereby required to address those dynamic social structures which result in injustice. Injustice theory should also be able to explain why some forms of disadvantage are unjust, while others may be purely unfortunate, and determine whether this difference between deserts and luck even matters.                                     
Cosponsored with the Society for Study of Women in Philosophy (SWIP)

Monday, April 3, 2017
4:00 –6:00 pm
Room C198
Philosophy in the Age of Black Lives Matter   
LINDA MARTIN ALCOFF is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Her writings have focused on social identity and race, epistemology and politics, sexual violence, Foucault, Dussel, and Latino issues in philosophy.
CHARLES MILLS is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. He works in the area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race.
Cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in Philosophy (SWIP)      
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 am-8:00 pm
Room 9206
‘’The Forgotten Women of Ivan Pavlov's Laboratories"
DARRYL B. HILL is Associate Professor of Psychology at the College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, CUNY. His research focuses on the social psychology of gender and sexuality, disability, transgender and gender non-conforming youth, and the history and philosophy of psychology. The famous Russian physiologist Ivan P. Pavlov's work has been inaccurately portrayed in American psychology textbooks; the story of his invisible college of female collaborators, a feministskaya fabrika, has not been adequately told. This talk describes the invisible college of women who worked in Pavlov's labs, describes their careers, contributions to science and medicine, and explores explanations for this omission.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
6:00 –7:30 pm
Room 9205
“’Apparel oft Proclaims the Man’: Dressing Othello on the Early Modern Stage”
BELLA MIRABELLA, Associate Professor of literature and humanities at New York University, specializes in Renaissance studies, with a focus on drama, theater, performance, and gender. She is the editor the book, Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories (University of Michigan Press, 2011); co-editor of Shakespeare and Costume (Bloomsbury, 2015), and Left Politics and the Literary Profession (Columbia University Press, 1991). She has written articles on women, performance and sexual politics in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Her current work includes an analysis of place, object and performance in the Renaissance. Since 1987, Professor Mirabella has directed and taught Gallatin’s Renaissance Humanities Seminar in Florence, Italy. She has received Gallatin’s Adviser of Distinction Award as well as NYU’s Great Teacher Award.
The event is co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance and
The CUNY Academy for Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wednesday, April 26, 2017
9:00 a.m. -2:00 pm
Proshansky  Auditorium
Conference of Women and Science -2017
Dr. Eugenia Cheng, bestselling author of How To Bake Pi, mathematician, and pianist.
Moderated by Claudia Dreifus, New York Times science journalist.
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Friday, April 28, 2017
English Friday Forum, 4:00 pm
English program lounge, Room 4406
‘’Tough Broads: American Women Writers and the Anaesthetics of Empathy”
DEBORAH NELSON, a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center, is an associate professor at the University of Chicago.  She is the author of Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America and a founding member of the Post45 Collective.  Her new book, Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil, traces the careers of these six brilliant women and their challenge to the preeminence of empathy as the ethical stance from which to view suffering.   Her talk will explore what this school of the unsentimental proposes as an alternative to the aesthetics and ethics of empathy.
Friday, May 12, 2017                    
2:00-4:00 pm                                                                                                                                                            
Room C197
Annual Celebration of CUNY Women Scholars and Scholarship
Please join us in recognition of CUNY Women Faculty who have published books on women and gender topics within the last year, 2016-2017. Faculty members are welcome to come and speak about their work. All are welcome; we especially request the presence of WSCP students and faculty.