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Women’s Studies Fall 2015 Speaker Series
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The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

Thursday, September 17, 2015
“Women Without Men: Sailors’ Wives in Early Modern England”
Room C201
ELEANOR HUBBARD, Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University, studies the social and cultural history of early modern Britain. Her first book, City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London (Oxford University Press, 2012), addresses the lives of ordinary women in the English capital during a period of extraordinary change. She will speak about her new research on English seafaring communities ca. 1570-1630, when sailors and their families first grappled with the opportunities and risks associated with global travel and long separations. She will focus on the experiences of sailors' wives and their role in the construction of English national identity.  
This event is co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR.

Monday, September 28, 2015
“Sex Work & Social Movement Politics in the United States”

Room 9204
SAMANTHA MAJIC, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College, CUNY, received her PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2009. Her research lies in gender and American politics, with specific interests in sex work, civic engagement, institutionalism, norms, and the nonprofit sector. She is the author of Sex Work Politics: From Protest to Service Provision 
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), and the co-editor, with Carisa Showden, of Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Her research has also appeared/is forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, New Political Science, The Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, and Critical Policy Studies. A Fellow of the American Association of University Women, she is also a member of the Perspectives on Politics 
editorial board.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Elebash Recital Hall
“The 25th Anniversary of Women Writing Women’s Lives”
DOROTHY O. HELLY, Professor Emeritus
The Women Writing Women’s Lives Biography Seminar, based in the New York metropolitan area, includes approximately seventy members engaged in writing book-length biographies and memoirs. The group first began meeting in 1990 and represents a wide range of feminist perspectives and a variety of professional backgrounds. Members include academics, independent scholars, and journalists. This event commemorates twenty-five years of the organization, featuring an entire day of events, hosted by Professor Emeritus Dorothy O. Helly.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Room 9206
“James Baldwin and Lesbians”
MATT BRIM, Associate Professor of Queer Studies in the English department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and co-editor of WSQ will speak about his recently published book, James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination (University of Michigan Press, 2014.) In this talk, Brim will explore Baldwin's relationships with some of the most prominent lesbian thinkers of the twentieth century, including Lorraine Hansberry, Nikki Giovanni, Audre Lorde, and Margaret Mead. Despite prominent personal and public engagements with these women, Baldwin never created a lesbian character in his fiction. Brim argues that Baldwin’s failure to portray lesbians can seem unremarkable, except that the author went to pains in his fiction to create wide and nuanced spectrums of sexuality… but never lesbianism. Although it is difficult to grapple with the concept of imaginative absence—the blank page of lesbian representation in Baldwin—Brim suggests that such creative voids must be explained rather than naturalized. 
This event is co-sponsored with CLAGS, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Room C204
“Women’s Voices in 17th-Century Venice”
WENDY HELLER, Professor of Music and Director of Italian Studies at Princeton University, specializes in the music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries with emphasis on the study of opera from interdisciplinary perspectives, particularly gender and sexuality. Trained as a singer at New England Conservatory, Heller’s scholarship has been a driving force behind the production of baroque operas at Princeton. She will discuss themes from her award-winning book, Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women’s Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice (University of California Press, 2004), the first major study of gender and sexuality in Italian baroque opera.
This event is co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Skylight Room, 9100
“Are Transgender Politics Feminist?”
Professor of Political Science at Brooklyn College, the Graduate Center, CUNY, is the founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and a co-editor of Transgender Rights (2006), the first comprehensive work on the transgender civil rights movement. "Are Transgender Politics Feminist?" Can a movement organized to contest the legal, medical and social constructions of gender also advance a feminist politics centered on improving women's lives? As trans studies dismantles the imperatives of the gender binary, how can we ensure its practitioners not lose sight of the long history of gender oppression and the continued existence of gender inequality? Currah is the founding co-editor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. His forthcoming book, Not the United States of Sex (NYU), looks at contradictions in state definitions of sex. This event is co-sponsored with CLAGS, The Center for LGBTQ Studies.
This event is co-sponsored with CLAGS, The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Room C201
 “Gender & Travel Discourse: Early Modern English Women’s Travel and Travel Writing”
, Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University- Newark is currently working on a book entitled Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World.  Her other publications include “Strange Episodes: Race in Stage History,” in Shakespeare Bulletin (Fall, 2009), “Travel, Drama, and Domesticity: Staging Housewifery in Fletcher and Massinger’s The Sea Voyage” in Studies in Travel Writing (June, 2009) and “‘Bruis’d with Adversity’: Reading Race in The Comedy of Errors” in the forthcoming volume A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race.  She will speak on her recent research into early modern English women's experiences and accounts of travel.   
This event is co-sponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR.