WGS Events

Food, Mother, & The Woman

By Ja-Ho King
September 14th, 2016 in Events.

09-21-16 lunch event

This event will feature our Visiting Scholar, Diana Garvin, discussing her project focused on East African women’s domestic labor in Fascist-period Italy, “Black Milk: Colonial Foodways and Intimate Imperialism”; and Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow, Vrinda Varma, discussing her research on the “Construction of Women’s Identities and Food Narratives in Kerala, India.”

Event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available to registered guests!

Co-sponsored by GaIDI (Gender & International Development Initiatives) of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center


Join us for an Evening with Douglas Crimp

By Ja-Ho King
September 12th, 2016 in Events.


Join us for an evening celebrating Before Pictures, a new memoir by art historian and AIDS activist Douglas Crimp.

Where: Kenmore Classroom Building Room 101

When: Thursday, October 6th at 5pm

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Renowned for his work with artists of the “Pictures” generation, such as Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo, Douglas Crimp has also been a crucial figure in the history of the gay movement and AIDS activism since the 1980s. His memoir Before Pictures looks to an earlier era, setting details from Crimp’s professional and personal life against the backdrop of New York City from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Escaping from his hometown in Idaho to study art history at Tulane University, Crimp soon finds himself writing criticism forArtNews, working at the Guggenheim Museum, and partaking of the night life of New York, from drugs and late
nights alongside the Warhol crowd at Max’s Kansas City to discos, roller-skating, and casual sex with famous (and not-so-famous) men. In Crimp’s words: “Through the book, I weave together stories of the two cultures that were most important in my life at the time—gay liberation and the art that came to be called post-modernist.”

Professor Crimp will read sections from the memoir in conversation with BU faculty members:
Erin Murphy -English / WGS
Anthony Petro -Religion / WGS
Carrie Preston -English / WGS
J. Keith Vincent -World Languages & Literatures / WGS
Gregory Williams -History of Art & Architecture

Read more here!

Reproductive Justice in the Era of Marriage Equality, a Lunch Discussion

By Ja-Ho King
September 22nd, 2015 in Events.

Featuring Kimberly Mutcherson, Vice Dean and Professor at Rutgers Law School.

Sept. 28, from 12:45 – 2:00 in Room 204 of the Law School.

Professor Mutcherson will be discussing her new book project on reproductive justice. She has also sent us a short piece she wrote for Harvard Journal of Law and Gender to help launch a broader discussion on mothering, sex, and equality: http://harvardjlg.com/2012/02/unsex-mothering-responses-kimberly-mutcherson/. If you would like to read the longer piece Mutcherson discusses, you can find it here:  http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2003427 Readings are not required. Please join us!

mutchersonProfessor Mutcherson teaches courses on bioethics, torts, family law, South African constitutional law, and health law policy, specifically the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Her scholarly work focuses on issues at the intersection of health law, bioethics, and family law with a particular interest in assisted reproduction.  Her writing has appeared in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Harvard Journal of Law & Gender (on-line), Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, Nevada Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review Headnotes, and Yale Journal of Law and Feminism.  Professor Mutcherson has spoken nationally on topics related to human subject research, reproductive technologies, reproductive justice, and health law.

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Kimberly Mutcherson: Reproductive Justice in the Era of Marriage Equality

“Strangers Before the Law: Contested Intimacies in Taiwan”

By Ja-Ho King
January 20th, 2015 in Events.

Feat. Sara L. Friedman
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University

WHEN: Thursday March 5, 2014, 12:30- 2:00pm
WHERE: Boston University
Pardee School of Global Studies
Seminar Room
121 Bay State Road, Boston

Sponsored by ROC Ministry of Education & Education Division – TECO Boston

How does the power of law makes intimate relationships legitimate and acceptable to a larger project of national reproduction? What kinds of intimacies are excluded from this domain? This presentation focuses on two cases that unfolded in overlapping sequence beginning in 2011 in Taiwan. The first case involved the denationalization of an immigrant wife and her citizen child following discovery of the child¹s uncertain paternity (and, hence, the wife¹s non-monogamous sexuality). The second case was sparked by the government¹s effort to revoke a legal marriage between two transgender individuals, both citizens by birth. “Stranger anxiety” has favored heterosexual marriage and family units as the basis for citizenship inclusion and recognition in Taiwan, and the law has molded diverse intimacies to fit normative models of domesticity, and even the very definition of male and female. These proliferations of law and bureaucratic discretion are signs of intense anxiety concerning the status of the heterosexual family in Taiwan and the place of the stranger within the nation.

Sara L. Friedman is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University. She is the author of Intimate Politics: Marriage, the Market, and State Power in Southeastern China (Harvard, 2006) and co-editor of Wives, Husbands, and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China (Stanford, 2014). Her current research focuses on marital migration from China to Taiwan and the consequences of Chinese immigration for Taiwan¹s sovereignty dilemmas. Her book, tentatively titled Exceptional States: Chinese Marital Immigrants and the Challenges of Taiwanese Sovereignty, is forthcoming from the University of California Press.

“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” Film Screening

By Ja-Ho King
January 14th, 2015 in Events.

March 1st, 2015
Source: Coolidge.org

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971.

She’s Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution.

Special Screening
Join filmmaker Mary Dore and special guests from Our Bodies, Ourselves (who appear in the film) for a post-screening panel discussion on Sunday, March 1st, 2:00PM.

For tickets and more information, please click [here].

Disability Studies Across the Disciplines

By Ja-Ho King
December 1st, 2014 in Events.

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Project CAREER: Development of an Interprofessional Demonstration to Support the Transition of Students with TBI from Postsecondary Education to Employment

Project CAREER is an interprofessional demonstration designed to improve the employment success of undergraduate college and university students with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The goal of this demonstration is to develop a technology-driven, long-term and resource-rich support program Veteran and civilian postsecondary students with TBI that merges assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation best practices through.

“Good Morality Is Good Medicine”: Public Health, Disability, and American Christianity since the 1950s

This new book project examines the history of American Christian engagement with health and disability policy in the U.S. since the 1950s. It demonstrates how Christians have shaped debates over public health, including disability policy, in national discussions of alcoholism, the patients’ rights movement, euthanasia, the rights of disabled children, and needle exchange. Drawing on archival research, legal cases, and media analysis, it tracks this history among mainline and evangelical Protestants, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and black church leaders—as well as among secular public health workers—to show the range and scope of Christian influence upon health policy in secular America.

Dr. Karen Jacobs is a clinical professor of occupational therapy and the program director of the on-line post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) program at Boston University. She has worked at Boston University for 31 years and has expertise in the development and instruction of on-line graduate courses.

Dr. Jacobs earned a doctoral degree at the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Science at Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Anthony Petro is an assistant professor of religion at Boston University. His first book, After the Wrath of God: AIDS, Sexuality, and American Religion (forthcoming with Oxford University Press), examines the history of American religious responses to the AIDS crisis and their role in the promotion of a national moral discourse on sex. He also co-chairs a five-year seminar called “Global Perspectives on Religion and HIV/AIDS” for the American Academy of Religion. A historian of religion in the United States, Dr. Petro has research and teaching interests in the history of sexuality; disability studies; and religion, medicine, and public health.

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Allegories of Alterity in Nineteenth-Century Imperial Botany: Flora’s Children as the Four Continents

By Ja-Ho King
November 13th, 2014 in Events.

Friday, November 21st
WGS Sitting Room
704 Commonwealth Avenue
Suite 101

Featuring speaker Miranda Mollendorf

This talk is about the British botanist Robert John Thornton’s Temple of Flora (1797-1812), a lavish publication described by its author as ‘a Universal Empire of Love’ that contains the ‘choicest flowers of Europe, Asia, Africa, and America.’ The book presents plates of the flowers inscribed within a landscape and accompanied by poetry. The effect of both setting and accompanying text is to ‘humanize’ the flowers, and Thornton’s personifications draw on the traditional allegorical iconography of the ‘four continents’ to ascribe to each flower racial and cultural characteristics associated with its territory in a hierarchical scheme that privileges Europe as the locus of culture and power. The ideological overtones are perhaps most striking in the sexual and racial characteristics associated with colonial flowers from Africa, Asia, and America. Ultimately, Thornton’s Temple of Flora inscribes flowers with colonial desire, as commodities that can be bought, collected and exchanged within the covers of a book.

Miranda Mollendorf is the 2014-2015 WGS Visiting Scholar. She recently received her Ph.D. from the History of Science Department at Harvard with a dissertation entitled “The World in a Book: Robert John Thornton’s Temple of Flora (1797-1812).” Dr. Mollendorf studies art and science relationships, especially from the 16th to the 19th centuries in England and America; investigating the visual culture of natural history and anatomy; botany; gender and the body; history of the book; travel; the display of nature in frontispieces, zoos, libraries, cabinets of curiosity, and museums, along with the associated cognitive/ emotional aspects of curiosity and wonder.

A light lunch will be served to all registrants.

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Facing the Skeletons

By Ja-Ho King
October 17th, 2014 in Events.

Trauma and Narrative for Turkish Women in Prison and American Women with HIV

12:00PM – 1:30PM
Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism

775 Commonwealth Avenue

Featuring Professors Roberta Micallef and Leslie Brody.

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Japanese Noh and Global Theaters

By Ja-Ho King
October 14th, 2014 in Events.

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November 2nd, 2014
2:00PM – 4:00PM
Boston Playwrights’ Theater, 949 Commonwealth Avenue

The traditional Japanese stage art of noh is famous for the austere beauty of its chant, dance, and ethereal instrumental accompaniment. One of the oldest continuously performed arts in the world, it has also inspired many modern Western artists with its aesthetic of concentrated stillness. Join David Crandall and other members of Theatre Nohgaku as they perform excerpts from old and new pieces in both Japanese and English, and explore with BU professor Carrie Preston how noh continues to inspire creative work today.

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A “New Woman”: the Art and Politics of Anita Willcox Parkhurst (1892-1984).

By Ja-Ho King
July 17th, 2014 in Events.

April 21, 2011
WRC (Women’s Resource Center)
775 Commonwealth Ave
George Sherman Union
Boston, MA


Patricia Hills, Professor, BU History of Art and Architecture Department
Ann Willcox Seidman, Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Law, and Anita Parkhurst’s daughter
Katha Seidman, Independent Artist and two-time Emmy award-winning production designer, and Anita Parkhurt’s granddaughter Nina Silber, Professor, BU History Department