Fisher Center Announces Spring Term Speakers
March 1, 2000 Geneva, NY – The topics will include gender studies in Latin America, the changing meaning of violence in men's sports, what it's like to grow up as a girl, and the challenges of interdisciplinarity when the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men presents its spring lineup of speakers beginning on April 5. All programs are free and the public is invited to attend.
The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men was endowed in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son graduated from Hobart College in 1993. Creation of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men reflects a perfect intersection of the Colleges' coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe.
Argentina Teran de Erdman will open the Spring Term with an address on April 5 titled “Machismo and Marianismo: Gender Roles in Latin America.” Erdman, who grew up in Mexico, has degrees in law and international relations. She has worked as a professor of political science at various universities in the U.S .and abroad, was for 10 years Mexican consul in Chicago, and has worked as a consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A widely traveled and inspiring professional, de Erdman brings to the series a unique range of commitments and experiences.
On April 19, Michael Messner will present “Changing Meanings in Men's Sports.” Messner is associate professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California. He is co-editor of two standard readers on gender, Through the Prism of Difference and Men's Lives. His own work deals with the sociology of sports and includes Power at Play and Politics of Masculinities: Men in Movements. He is currently at work on Confronting the Triad of Men's Violence in Sports (anticipated 2001).
Valerie Walkerdine joins the series on May 1 with her presentation, “Growing Up Girl.” Professor of critical psychology at the University of Western Australia, Walkerdine is well-known for the rigor and profundity of her studies of pre-adolescent working class girls. Most recently, she published Daddy's Girl, a study of young girls and popular culture. Long before the popular media called attention to the issue by focusing on the death of Jon-Benet Ramsay, Walkerdine was analyzing the impact of class and culture on the lives of young girls. She is also well known in science education. Counting Girls Out, her classic account of gender differences in mathematics, has recently been reprinted.
Barrie Thorne will close out the Spring Term series on May 17 with an address titled “Women's Studies and the Challenge of Interdisciplinarity.” Professor of sociology and women's studies at Berkeley, as well as co-director of the Center for Working Families there, Thorne's best-known book is Gender Play: Girls and Boys in School, a thoughtful ethnographic study of gender relations in American elementary education. She is editor or co-editor of several important and original readers, including Language, Gender and Society, Rethinking the Family and, most recently, Feminist Sociology.
Each speaker in the series presents an evening lecture and then meets in a seminar with students the following morning for more in-depth conversation. The seminars are facilitated by Hobart and William Smith faculty members with expertise or interest in the given area of study.
“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 T. Dunbar Moodie, director of the Center. “It's a value-added situation.”
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