Geneva, NY-Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men has announced its lecture schedule for the spring semester. The theme is “2001 Space Odyssey: Gender Journeys and Gendered Spaces.” Each lecture will be in the evening followed by a small seminar discussion the next morning. Most 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.
These lectures and seminars enable students to explore the complex gender issues that arise in their lives. The Center seeks to confront the challenge of fostering mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary societies at home and abroad.
The lecture schedule is as follows:
• Wednesday, January 31-“2001: Space, Science, and Technology”
Barry Grant will focus on Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, using the film to illustrate links between science, technology, gender, and science fiction. Rebecca Goldstein will talk about how her conception of science differs from the highly technologistic understanding of human evolution portrayed in the film. Grant is a professor of film studies, and dramatic and visual arts at Brock University, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. His publications include Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman, and various articles including “Point of View and Spectator position in Meat and Primate,” and “Taking Back The Night of the Living Dead: George Romero, feminism and the Horror film.” Goldstein has written four books, including Properties of Light, The Mind-Body Problem, and Strange Attractors. She has won two Whiting Awards, and in 1996 was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
• Thursday, February 8-“Deconstructing the Plantation: The Geography of Slavery's Sexual Dynamics”
Adrienne Davis is a professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches property, contracts, and feminist and critical race theory. This fall she has been visiting professor in the Princeton History Department, and she will be a visiting professor at Cornell University School of Law this spring. She serves on the board of the Law & History Review. Her work demonstrates how property and contract law incorporate and influence social norms with regard to race, gender and sexuality in the 19th century.
• Wednesday, February 21- “The Problem of the Visual in Black Culture”
Michele Wallace is a professor of English, film studies, and women's studies at the City College of New York, and professor in the Ph.D. program at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. She lectures and writes about feminism, gender, art, and culture, and the effects of sexism and racism on black women. Her books include Passing, Lynching, and Jim Crow: A Genealogy of Race and Gender in U.S. Visual Culture, 1895-1929, Black Popular Culture, Invisibility Blues: From Pop To Theory, and To Hell and Back: Black Feminism in the 70s and 80s.
• Wednesday, March 7-“Using Business for Social Change: The Harper Method”
Jane Plitt is the author of Martha Matilda Harper and the American Dream, about Martha Matilda Harper, who created an international chain of beauty shops. Plitt is a visiting scholar at the University of Rochester, and gives presentations about business as a vehicle for social change, using Harper as a model. A women's rights advocate, she started the Rochester chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and worked to end sex-segregated restaurants and want-ads in N.Y. State. In 1979, she founded her own business consulting and labor arbitration firm.
• Wednesday, March 28-“Obeying the Law, Violating the Norm: Feminism in the Church and Military”
Mary Katzenstein is a professor of government at Cornell University and has been published on women's movements in India, the United States, and Europe. She has written or co-edited Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discrimination and the Culture of the U.S. Military, Faithful and Fearless: Moving Feminist Protest Inside the Church and Military, India's Preferential Policies: Migrants, the Middle Classes and Ethnic Equality, and Ethnicity and Equality: The Shiv Sena Party and Preferential Policies in Bombay.
• Monday, April 9, 7 p.m. in the Geneva Room-“Lost Boys: Pathways from Childhood Sadness to Adolescent Violence”
James Garbarino will trace the developmental pathways of criminally violent youth and focus on risk factors, including maltreatment, difficult temperaments, mishandling, and social toxicity. Garbarino is a professor of human development and co-director of the Family Life Development Center at Cornell University. He has served as consultant to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, National Institute for Mental Health, American Medical Association, National Black Child Development Institute, and others. He has also written several books, including Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them, and Children in Danger: Coping With The Consequences of Community Violence.
• April 12, place and time to be announced-Congressman Barney Frank
will talk about emerging issues in the 21st century. Since 1980 he has represented Newton, Mass., in the House of Representatives, and has been a spokesperson for liberal issues. Frank's visit is presented in conjunction with the President's Forum, sponsored by Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan.
The public is invited to attend these presentations, which are free of charge.