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

Fall 2016 Events

Spring 2017 Events


FALL 2016 


Friday, December 9th

Working Feminism Lecture Series - Revaluing Academic Life                                

We will continue our year long conversation on academic feminism(s) and will end with a discussion of the recent election and its implications for the next four years. 

2:00-5:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Friday, December 16th

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


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


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)

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.

Presenters will be Amrita Basu (Political Science/Amherst College), Violent Conjuctures in Democratic India (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Elif Babul (Anthropology/Mount Holyoke College), and Fareen Parvez (Sociology/UMass Amherst), Politicizing Islam: A Comparative Analysis of Islamic Revival in France and India (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

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