Sunday, May 18, 2008

When is the next program?

Mark your calendars for November 22--and watch this space for the program, which will be ready sometime in September.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Into our 25th year...and into the 21st century!

As the Huntington Women's Studies Seminars move into our 25th season of programs, the steering committee has also decided to set up a blog. We'll be using this space to publicize programs and speakers, and to welcome comments and questions from the community. Welcome to our new presence online, and stay tuned for our exciting plans for 2008-2009. And...if you subscribe to this blog's RSS feed, you'll never miss an announcement.

2007-2008 Programs

3 November 2007
On the Inside, On the Outside: Women and Prison
"A World of Women: Prisoners, Reformers, and the California Institution at Tehachapi"
Kathleen Cairns, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, History and Women's Studies

"The Inside Story"
Gloria Killian, Action Committee for Women in Prison

"Women in Transition from Prison: Observations on Reentry Challenges"
Marta Lopez-Garza, California State University-Northridge
Women's Studies and Chicana/o Studies

Moderator: Marilyn Montenegro, California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Women's Council Prison Project
12 January 2008
"New Writing" by Women
Emily Rapp, Antioch University, will discuss writing about disabilities and read from her memoir, Poster Child.

Susan Suntree, East Los Angeles College, brings together science, art, spirituality, poetry, and drama in her reading from Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California.

Sholeh Wolpé, born in Iran, is a multinational writer, translator, and anthologist of literature from the Muslim world. She will read from her recent translation of the poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad and from her own poetry.

Terry Wolverton is author of six books and fourteen anthologies, including Embers, a novel-in-poems and Insurgent Muse: Life and Art at the Woman's Building. She is the founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing center in Los Angeles.
1 March 2008
Feminisms in the Twentieth Century: Lessons for the Twenty-first Century
A Roundtable Discussion in honor of Women's History Month
Jennifer Abod, Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Marisela Chavez, Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies, CSU Dominguez Hills

Laura Harris, Associate Professor of English, World Literature, and Black Studies, Pitzer College

Caroline Heldman, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Occidental College
10 May 2008
Family Secrets: Documenting the Lives of our Kinswomen
"No more cookies or cake now 'C'est la guerre'": An American Nurse in Turkey, 1919 to 1920"
Kathleen Sheldon, Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

"Secret Strength: Five Generations of Fuentes Women in Los Angeles"
Christina Chavez, Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies, Cal Poly Pomona

"The Red Flag and Me: Opening the Pandora's Box of My Family's Activist History"
Judy Branfman, filmmaker and Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Moderator: Penny L. Richards, Huntington Women's Studies Steering Committee and UCLA Center for the Study of Women

2006-2007 Programs

7 October 2006
Gendering at the Border Line: Canada, Mexico, China, and the United States
"Gendered Borders: Immigrating Women and the Foundation of U.S. Immigration Policy, 1875-1924"
Torrie Hester, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oregon

“Domestic Service in 21st Century Oaxaca: Gendered Patterns of National and International Migration”
Jayne Howell, Professor, California State University at Long Beach

“Documenting Chinese American Experiences”
Suellen Cheng, Senior Curator and Executive Director Emeritus, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

Moderator: Lesley Kawaguchi, Professor, Santa Monica Community College
18 November 2006
Women and Health: Exploring the Margins
"Keepers of the Path: Women, Naturopathic Healing, and Cultural Critique, 1890-1950"
Susan E. Cayleff, San Diego State University Women's Studies

"Fire and Ice: Geographies of Gender and Emotion in the Shetland Isles, Scotland"
Deborah Thien, Cal State University-Long Beach Geography

"Sex Work, Gender Inequality, and HIV"
Gisele Maynard-Tucker, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Moderator: Robyn Fishman, Cal State University-Long Beach
February 3, 2007
Engendering the Environment: History, Culture, Practice
“Gendered Turning Points in Environmental Justice History”
Nancy Unger, Associate Professor of History, Santa Clara University

“More than Meets the Eye: Women Writers on the Environment”
Toni Clark, Associate Professor of English and Dean of Women, Pomona College

“Microcredit at Caohai, China: One Effort to link Conservation, Development and Women”
Melinda Herrold-Menzies, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Pitzer College

Moderator: Martha Matsuoka, Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College
2 June 2007
Women Writing in Los Angeles Today: Who? Why? How?
Eloise Klein Healy has published six books of poetry, most recently, The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho. She formerly directed CSUN’s Women’s Studies Program and was active in the Woman’s Building. Healy founded Antioch University’s program in Creative Writing, where she is Distinguished Professor Emerita.

Tara Ison's latest novel, The List, came out in March. Her writing has appeared in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and elsewhere. She co-wrote a film and has received distinguished fellowships and awards. Ison is currently Associate Professor in Antioch University's MFA program in Creative Writing.

Nina Revoyr grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. Her second novel, Southland, “merges elements of literature and social history with…mystery, while evoking Southern California as a character.” The Age of Dreaming will be published in 2008. Revoyr is currently Remsen Bird Visiting Artist at Occidental College.

Gail Wronsky is author or coauthor of seven books including Poems for Infidels, Dying for Beauty, and Love-Talkers. She has translated for Argentinean poet and activist Alicia Partnoy, and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Wronsky is Director of Creative Writing at Loyola Marymount University.

2005-2006 Programs

8 October 2005
Maintaining Poverty: Women and the Welfare State
"From Security to Rehabilitation to Rights: Women, Welfare, and Poverty"
Eileen Boris, Hull Professor of Women's Studies, UC-Santa Barbara

"Television's 'Queen for a Day': The Mid-Twentieth-Century 'Worthy' Poor"
Carole Srole, History Department, California State University at Los Angeles

"Tough Love in L.A. County: Latina Immigrants and the Failure of Welfare Reform"
Alejandra Marchevsky, Liberal Studies, California State University at Los Angeles

Moderator: Ricky Manoff, Women's Studies, CSU-Northridge

25 February 2006

Women, Disability, and the Arts
“The Theatrical Landscape of Disability: Domestic vs. Transcendent Geographies”
Victoria Ann Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Redlands

“Truth and Beauty: Women, Disability, and Literary Form”
Helen Deutsch, Associate Professor, Department of English, UCLA

“Five Foot Feat: Dance, Disability, and the Art of the Ordinary"
Catherine Cole, Associate Professor, Department of Dramatic Art
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC-Santa Barbara

Moderator: Penny L. Richards, Research Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
18 March 2006
Women in Politics in the Twentieth Century
“In the Service of the Nation: Conservative Women in Early 20th Century France”
Cheryl Koos, Associate Professor of History, CSU-Los Angeles

“Reading and Writing on the Right: Conservative Female Political Culture in Postwar Los Angeles”
Michelle Nickerson, Assistant Professor of History, University of Texas at Dallas
Fletcher Jones Fellow, Huntington Library

"Realpolitik: One Woman's Experience in the Trenches of Los Angeles Government"
Valerie Fields
Former Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District

Moderator: Lisa Sousa, Associate Professor of History, Occidental College
3 June 2006
Performing Gender and Sexuality in Latina/o L.A.
“From Macha to Macho: Expanding a Visual Vocabulary”
Raquel Gutierrez, USC Center for Feminist Research & the Butchlalis de Panochtitlan
and Claudia Rodriguez, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan

“Feminism + Femininity = Anxiety,
and Other Reflections on Performing 'Confessions of a Cha Cha Feminist'”
Maria Elena Fernandez, Performance Artist

"Figuring L.A.:
The Performative Force of Luis Alfaro's
'Pocho Nightmare-A Moo Moo Approaches.'"
Tiffany Ana Lopez, UCR Department of English

Rita Cano Alcala, Scripps College Hispanic Studies and Chicano Studies

2004-2005 Programs

9 October 2004
Labor of Love/Labor of the Oppressed? The Complex Nature of Women's Caregiving
"Enslaved Women as Caregivers in the Antebellum Plantation South"
Sharla Fett, History, Occidental College

"Interdependence as Intimacy: Imagining Caregiving and Community in Fiction by Craik, Yonge, and Gaskell"
Martha Stoddard Holmes, Literature and Writing Studies, CSU-San Marcos

"Caregiving and Inequality: American Women Tending Kin, 1850-1940"
Emily Abel, Public Health, UCLA

Moderator: Penny L. Richards, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
29 January 2005
Fighting for the Future: Activist Women in Twentieth-Century California
"Women Citizens and War: Los Angeles Women, Voluntarism, and World War I Mobilization"
Lynn Dumenil, Professor of History, Occidental College

"'We Are Conscientious Mothers': Women's Postwar Activism for Child Care in California"
Natalie Fousekis, Assistant Professor of History, California State University, Fullerton

"El Movimiento and Chicana Feminist Activism in California, 1968-1978."
Dionne Espinoza, Assistant Professor of Chicana/o Studies, California State University, Los Angeles

Moderator: Cheryl Koos, Associate Professor of History, California State University, Los Angeles
16 April 2005
History, Culture, and Politics: Gendering International Human Rights
“The History of International Human Rights”
Ellen DuBois, Professor of History, UCLA

"Human Rights Conventions: Women and Genocide, with Special Reference to Sudan"
Sondra Hale, Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology, UCLA

"Speaking Truth to Power: Palestinian Girls Facing the Wall"
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Visiting Scholar, UCLA Center for the Study of Women and UCLA Law School, and Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology/Faculty of Law and School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University - Jerusalem

Moderator: Christine Littleton, Professor of Law and Women’s Studies, UCLA
7 May 2005
Leisurely Pursuits: Women, Popular Culture, and the Twentieth Century
"From Women's Sports and Fitness to Self: Third Wave Feminism and Consumption"
Faye Linda Wachs, Assistant Professor of Psychology/Sociology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"Driving Change: Women and Fairground Cars in Interwar Britain"
Sandra Dawson, C. Phil., Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Sirens Win! Gender and Sexuality in Las Vegas"
Elizabeth Adams, Interim Director, Liberal Studies Program, California State University, Northridge

Moderator: Torrie Hester, C. Phil., University of Oregon; Instructor, Department of History, Santa Monica College

2003-2004 Programs (incomplete)

22 November 2003
Beyond Affirmative Action: Transforming Curriculum, Protecting Safety, and Discovering Allies
"Making Science Accessible to Everyone: Inquiry-Based Learning."Jodye Selco, Physical Chemist and Director of the Center for Education and Equity in
Mathematics, Science and Technology (CEEMST), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Discrimination, and School Safety"
Deanne S. Neiman, Director of the Educational Equity Compliance Office for the Los Angeles Unified School District

"Reframing Identities for Social Justice"
Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, Director of Student Life, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Moderator: Regina Lark, Manager, UCLA Center for the Study of Women and Instructor, UCLA Women's Studies Program
13 March 2004
In Celebration of Our 20th Anniversary and Women's History Month
Keynote Address:
"The Centrality of Feminisms in American History, 1775-2000"
Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History, State University of New York, Binghamton, and Co-Director of the acclaimed website, Women and Social Movements in the U. S., 1600-2000


"Thoughts on Writing the History of European Feminisms (1700-1950)"
Karen Offen, Senior Scholar, Institute for Research on Women and Gender,
Stanford University

"New Paths of Women's Empowerment in Latin America"
Christine Hunefeldt, Professor of History, University of California, San Diego

Moderator: Carla Bittel, Assistant Professor of History, Loyola Marymount University.


"Using Transnational Frameworks to Expand the Discourse on Gendered Violence"
Sharmila Lodhia, Esq., Lecturer, Department of Women's Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

"Transnational Feminist Pedagogies: Reframing the Dialogue in the Classroom"
Khanum Shaikh, Lecturer, Department of Women's Studies, California State University, Fullerton

Moderator: Breny Mendoza, Assistant Professor, Department of Women's Studies, California State University, Northridge.
15 May 2004
Global Visions of Imperialism, Sexuality, and Gender
"'Celestial Ladies?': Creating Asian American Womanhood(s) in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Constance Chen, Assistant Professor of History, Loyola Marymount University

"Prostitution, Race and Politics in the British Empire"
Philippa Levine, Professor of History, University of Southern California

"Hybrid Italians, Diasporic Africans: Who's/Whose 'Meticcio' in the Africa Italy Diaspora?"
Laura Harris, Assistant Professor English/Black Studies, Pitzer College

Moderator: Kathleen Sheldon, Research Scholar, Center for the Study of Women, University of California, Los Angeles