Five College Consortium

Five College Women's Studies Research Center

2016-2017 Events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted


SPRING 2017


Friday, February 3rd

Working Feminism Lecture Series - Installing Speed Bumps: How to Cultivate Slow Work       

Join us for a panel discussion on slow work in the academy. 

4:00-6:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, February 10th

Pioneer Valley Bread House Gathering

Join others in a community bread-baking with the Pioneer Valley Bread House

5:00-7:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, February 22nd

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Feminist Activism" 

Laura Lovett (History/UMass Amherst) "With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Activist's Life"

Traci Parker (Afro-American Studies/UMass Amherst) "Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights: African American Women's Activism and Class Formation/Mobility in the Mid-Twentieth Century"

6:00-8:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, March 8th

Women's Movements in a Global Era: A Symposium

Join us for a symposium in celebration of International Women's Day

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Amherst College

Time TBA, Amherst College


Tuesday, March 21st

Trans Studies and Reproductive Justice: Curricular and Pedagogical Issues             with micha cárdenas, University of Washington, Bothell

Co-sponsored by the Trans Studies Speakers Series, UMass Amherst

6:00-8:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, March 30th 

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Performing Feminisms" 

Kirsten Leng (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies/UMass Amherst) "When Politics Were Fun: Reclaiming the History of Humor in U.S. Feminism"

Leda Cooks (Communication/UMass Amherst) "Baking as a Pedagogy of Performativity: Kneading Voices and Memories at the Pioneer Valley Bread House"

6:00-8:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, April 5th

FCWSRC Book Salon "Celebrating Postcolonial Literatures"

Rhonda Cobham-Sander, I and I: Epitaphs for the Self in the work of V.S. Naipaul, Kamau Brathwaite and Derek Walcott (University of the West Indies Press, 2016)

Carol Bailey, A Poetics of Performance: The Oral-Scribal Aesthetic in Anglophone Caribbean Fiction (University of West Indies Press, 2014)

Krupa Shandilya, Intimate Relations: Social Reform and the Late Nineteenth-Century South Asian Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2017)

6:00-9:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, April 19th

Working Feminism Lecture Series - What is Feminist Politics? Cross Generational Dialogue on Feminism 

4:00-6:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Thursday, April 27th

FCWSRC Book Salon "DISSENT!"

Join us for a book salon conversation where we will explore issues of "Dissent' in the face of rising religious nationalism and political authoritarianism across the globe.

Amrita Basu, Violent Conjuctures in Democratic India (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Elif Babul (Anthropology/Mount Holyoke College)

Fareen Parvez, Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Certificate Program, UMass Amherst

6:00-9:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, May 5th 

Working Feminism Lecture Series - Academic Feminism At Work: The Year in Review

Join us for our concluding panel and reception

4:00-6:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley