Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Center Continues the Discussion of Important Issues Facing Women and Men Today
December 17, 1999 Geneva, NY – With its planning year behind it, and a new director at the helm, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men has announced the lecture series for the Winter and Spring Terms on campus. The Fisher Center is an umbrella organization under whose auspices faculty, students, and experts in the field can explore what it means to be a man or a woman in our time, and what it means to understand our humanity through the lens of gender.
T. Dunbar Moodie, professor of sociology, has been named director of the Fisher Center and he will lead a steering committee that will oversee programming and Center activities. Moodie has been with the Colleges since 1976. His book Going For Gold, on Black migrant miners working in South Africa, deals with the profound impact of their changing perceptions of themselves as men upon all aspects of their work and social lives. Most recently, Moodie served as a consultant for the United Nations, conducting a series of workshops on “Mainstreaming Gender” for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
The Fisher Center Lecture Series will include four speakers each term who will deliver an evening lecture and, the following morning, lead a discussion group within their area of expertise.
“Having the speakers engage with students both broadly and more individually offers students with special interests the opportunity to make contact with an expert in that area,” said Moodie. “It's a value-added situation.”
The schedule for Winter Term includes story-teller Dan Keding to open the new season, and subsequent guest speakers Ann Cooper Albright, George Chauncey, and Judith Halberstam.
Keding, who will perform on Wednesday, January 12, is a professional story-teller whose tales about growing up on the South side of Chicago are profoundly relevant to the complicated nature of growing up male.
Albright, who will discuss “TechnoBodies: Muscling with Gender in Contemporary Dance” on the HWS campus January 19 and 20, is a performer, feminist scholar, and associate professor in the dance and theater program at Oberlin College. Her book, Choreographing Difference: The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance (1997), has garnered several awards. Most recently, Albright has been performing a series of dances that seek to re-embody some of the intellectual issues raised in her book. She received a 1999 Ohio Individual Artist Award in Dance Criticism, and is currently working under a Contemplative Practice Fellowship sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies.
Chauncey will present his lecture, “The Strange Career of the Closet: Gay Culture, Consciousness, and Politics from the Second World War to the Stonewall Era,” at 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 13 in the Geneva Room. He will also lead a morning lecture at 9:15 a.m. on February 14, in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212. A professor of history at the University of Chicago, Chauncey is the author of the award-winning Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (1994), the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships, and one of the preeminent gay historians in the country. At the University of Chicago he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on 20th century U.S. social, cultural and urban history, and the history of gender and sexuality.
Halberstam will discuss “Millennial Masculinities” on March 1 and 2. She is an associate professor of literature at the University of California at San Diego who specializes in a wide range of topics, including Victorian culture, queer theory, postmodern culture, Gothic literature and the horror film, and gender studies. Her most recent book, Female Masculinity (1998), is an imaginative account of alternative models of masculinity drawing on the study of the masculine lesbian woman. The book received two Lambda Book Awards as well as the Publisher's Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction.
Speakers for Spring Term include: Michael Messner, Valerie Walkerdine, and Barrie Thorne.
The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was inaugurated in October, 1998, with an event titled “Engendering the Future: Educating Women, Educating Men, Educating Women and Men,” that featured noted experts Carol Gilligan, professor of psychology and the Patricia Albjerg Chair of Gender Studies at Harvard University, and Michael Kimmel, who has written and edited many books on the topic of masculinity, the most recent being Manhood in America: A Cultural History (1996).
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