Fisher Center: “When Home is Another Prison” – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Fisher Center: “When Home is Another Prison”

Cynthia WuThe 2018-19 Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice speaker series resumed for the spring semester on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a presentation by author, scholar and educator Cynthia Wu.

Wu’s work focuses on how racialized masculinities are produced through investments in physical or psychosocial difference, queerness and non-normative affiliations. Her books, Chang and Eng Reconnected and Sticky Rice, establish this research trajectory by examining Asian American and Asian-raced men’s unsettling intimacies in the face of pressures that dictate conformity, respectability and upward economic mobility.

An Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University, Wu’s talk was titled, “When Home Is Another Prison: Movement and Stasis in a Draft Resister’s World War II Diary,” and took place in the Fisher Center in Demarest Hall.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice will host artists, scholars, authors and activists, to examine contemporary concerns surrounding mobility, movements and migration, through the theme “On the Move.” In October, keynote speaker Angela Davis addressed themes for the future of feminism.

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.