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Fisher Center Hosts Award-winning Physicist

The Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice welcomed physicist and award-winning science fiction writer Vandana Singh as part of the 2019-20 series “The Drowned World: Water, Politics, and the Future.”

The author of numerous short stories and novellas, Singh is Chair of the Department of Physics and Earth Science at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. She also serves on the Advisory Council of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence).

Singh delivered her lecture, “Fluid Entanglements: Climate and Justice” to a standing-room only crowd.

Aligning with the campus-wide Year of Water, “The Drowned World” examines water as a conduit for connection, the undercurrent of life. From struggles over social justice movements from Flint, Standing Rock and Seneca Lake to Palestine, India and New Zealand, this year’s series examines the role water plays as a resource in the struggles for a better world, addressing questions such as: How does one recover submerged histories and afterlives—of slave trade, piracy, lawlessness and statelessness? How is the sea as a ground of colonial violence implicated in the liberatory imaginings of the oceanic?

“The Drowned World” names the loss of hope, the breakdown of sociality and apocalyptic visions that accompany climate change, while at the same time drawing out the hybrid entanglements that inspire us to imagine new flows of life and currents of possibility.

Endowed with a $1 million gift from Emily and the late Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, the Fisher Center was inaugurated in October 1998 with an event titled “Engendering the Future: Educating Women, Educating Men, Educating Women and Men,” featuring noted experts Carol Gilligan, renowned feminist, psychologist and professor; and Michael Kimmel, author and editor of many influential books on the topic of masculinity.

Since then, the Fisher Center has hosted nearly a dozen events each year, bringing together faculty, students and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society. Reflecting the intersection of the Colleges’ coordinate history and trends in the study of gender throughout academe, the Fisher Center builds upon the Colleges’ long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education.