GENEVA, N.Y.—The lecture series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges devoted to the study of men and women will bring seven speakers to campus this fall. The Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will continue its theme of “2001 Space Odyssey: Gender Journeys and Gendered Spaces” for its fall lectures. Each lecture will be held in the evening followed by a small seminar discussion the next morning. Presentations will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on Pulteney Street, on the HWS campus. All morning seminars will be held at 8:45 a.m. in Room 212, Demarest Hall. The talks are free and open to the public.
These lectures and seminars enable students to explore the complex gender issues that arise in their lives. The Center seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues. This season's topics will address issues of race and gender, gender in science and technology, home and belonging, and more.
The guest lecturers and their topics are as follows:
Monday, September 10—”Race Puzzles”
Michelle Wright, an assistant professor of English at Macalester College, and William Jones, an assistant professor of history at Rutgers, will take a look at why 400-year-old racist stereotypes still flourish. They will also examine some contemporary manifestations of racist debate. Wright is interested in discourses on race and technology, as well as queer and black feminist issues in the literature of the African Diaspora. Her current project looks at comparative black theories of subjectivity in African-American, black British, Afro-German, and black French literature and non-fiction. Jones is working on a book titled The Tribe of Black Ulysses: African American Men in the Industrial South. His work and published articles focus on African Americans and organized labor.
Wednesday, September 26—”Fantasies of ‘Lady Pioneers'”
Christopher Lane, a professor of English at Northwestern University, will discuss British explorer Mary Kingsley's Travels in West Africa and her letters and essays. He will focus on Victorian debates about women explorers and feminist interpretations of Kingsley's relationship to West African women. He is the author of The Ruling Passion and The Burdens of Intimacy, as well as editor of The Psychoanalysis of Race. He is currently completing a book titled Civilized Hatred: The Antisocial Life in Victorian Fiction. Lane was previously an associate professor of English and director of psychoanalytic studies at Emory University.
Thursday, October 4—”Science and Race”
Evelynn Hammonds will speak about science and race. Hammonds is an associate professor of the history of science in Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Program in Science and Technology. Her work deals with the history of science, medicine, and public health in the U.S., and race and gender in science. Hammonds' publications include Childhood's Deadly Scourge: The Campaign to Control Diphtheria in New York City, 1880-1930 and “Gendering the Epidemic: Feminism and the Epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the United States, 1981-1999.”
Wednesday, October 17—”From Bacteria to Breast Cancer: What Difference Does Feminism Make?”
Bonnie Spanier, a molecular biologist and associate professor of women's studies at SUNY Albany, will discuss the evidence in the biological sciences of distortions that have come from societal beliefs about sex, race, and sexuality differences. Spanier investigates how science is shaped by culture. She is a consultant on the benefits of bringing feminist insights into the natural and social sciences. Her recent book, Im/Partial Science: Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology, documents how cultural beliefs about inherent difference have skewed understanding nature at the molecular and cellular levels and inadvertently supported hereditarian views.
October 24—”Violence, Sexuality Space: Critical Reflections on Homophobic Violence”
Les Moran, a Reader in Law at the University of London, will speak on the use of 'gay space' as safe space by lesbians, gay men, and straight women, drawing empirical evidence from his work at Manchester University on homphobic violence. He will focus on findings that challenge assumptions found in existing work on homophobic violence. He has written extensively on matters relating to gay issues in the law. Moran is one of a multi-disciplinary team undertaking the largest study of lesbians, gay men, violence, and safety in the United Kingdom. He is currently editing a special edition of Law and Critique which is a critical reflection on hate crime, and a volume of essays on law and film. He is completing a book provisionally titled Queer Violence. He will be a research associate at Hobart and William Colleges' Fisher Center for fall 2001.
Wednesday, November 7—”Home in New Haven: Gender, Race, and History in an American City”
Micaela di Leonardo, professor of anthropology, gender studies, and performance studies, and graduate director of gender studies at Northwestern University, will speak on the ethnography of New Haven, Conn. Her work deals with race, gender, ethnicity, and class formation in research and anthropology. She is concerned with the embeddedness of gender and race/ethnicity in anthropological history, and an effort to reorient and channel research in these domains. Di Leonardo is the author of Exotics at Home: Anthropologies, Others, American Modernity, co-editor of The Gender/Sexuality Reader: Culture, History, Political Economy, and editor of Gender at the Crossroads of Knowledge: Feminist Anthropology in the Postmodern Era. She serves on the Editorial Board of the American Anthropologist and Social Archaeology, and the Advisory Board for the Wenner-Gren Foundation.
Wednesday, November 28—”Homecoming”
b.h. Yael, a Toronto-based video artist, will show her most recent film, Fresh Blood, in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, and before her talk at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28. She will speak about the complexity of “belonging” and will illustrate her talk with clips from Fresh Blood and her short films The Mission and December 31, 2000. Yael is an instructor at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and deals with issues of identity, authority and family structures, while at the same time addressing the fragmentary nature of these identities and memories. Yael's work most often involves non-linear and hybrid forms, including dramatized and fictional elements combined with first person narration, autobiographical, and documentary elements. Yael is currently working on a video essay titled Trading the Future, which questions the ways in which secular culture embraced apocalypse as inevitable. She has also completed a short video (Of)fences, in response to the recent Quebec Summit of the Americas.