August 30, 2000 GENEVA, NY-Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men has announced its lecture schedule for the fall semester. Each lecture will be in the evening followed by a small seminar discussion the next morning. Except the first, all presentations will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library 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:
Friday, September 8
7:30 p.m., in the Sanford Room, film presentation by Jacquie Soohen
Jacquie Soohen, documentary film-maker, will present several films on gender issues.
Saturday, September 9
7 p.m. in the Geneva Room-“Activism, the Arts and Academy”
A symposium of panelists will discuss their work as activists on behalf of individuals who suffer discrimination because of their gender or their sexual orientation. Panelists include Jacquie Soohen, documentary film-maker; Sky Gilbert, gay theater activist; and Lee Hayes, black feminist musician and member of Malaika.
9 p.m. in the Cellar Pub-“Digressions of a Naked Party Girl”
Sky Gilbert will perform, in drag, a reading of his work.
10 p.m. in the Cellar Pub-Malaika
Malaika, an African-Canadian feminist band, will perform.
Wednesday, September 20-“The Female Body Image”
Leslie Heywood, an English professor from SUNY Binghamton, will speak on issues surrounding the female body image. Heywood has written on female athletics, women's bodybuilding, anorexia, and feminist approaches to cultural studies. She recently received the SUNY Binghamton Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Monday, October 23- “A Casa of My Own”
The presentation will be given by Judith Ortiz Cofer, a native of Puerto Rico. Cofer has written several books, including An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio, The Latin Deli, The Line of the Sun, and Silent Dancing. She centers her lectures in bi-culturalism and the creative process on her belief in freedom of expression.
Wednesday, November 1- “Geographies of Dispossession and Belonging: The State, the Erotic, and the Project of Nation-Building”
Jacqui Alexander, chair of the department of Gender and Women's Studies at Connecticut College, focuses on transnational feminism and the ways in which men and women live gender throughout the world. She examines how gender intersects with race, class, and sexuality. Originally from the Caribbean, she recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship to research Kongo spiritual practices there.
Wednesday, November 15- “Popular Images of Black Men”
Michael Ray Charles, an artist and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak and show slides of his own artwork to illustrate his points. His work deals with depictions of African-Americans in American popular culture.
Wednesday, November 29- “Performing Culture/Performing Nature, or How Matter Comes to Matter”
Karen Barad, who teaches physics, philosophy, women's studies, and critical social thought at Mount Holyoke College, will give this address. She is the author of numerous articles on physics, feminist epistemology, science philosophy and cultural studies, and feminist theory, and is currently writing a book titled Meeting the Universe Halfway.
The public is invited to attend these presentations, which are free of charge.