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


Wednesday, February 22nd

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar "Feminist Biographies" 

Laura Lovett (Department of History, UMass Amherst) "With Her Fist Raised: Dorothy Pitman Hughes and the Activist's Life" - Discussants: Ashley Brown and Diana Sierra Becerra 

Verónica Zebadúa Yáñez (Five College Women's Studies Research Center Associate/Ph.D. Candidate in Politics, New School for Social Research) "The Life of Rahel: Hannah Arendt’s Epistemology of the Margins" - Discussants: Ali Aslam and Karen Remmler 

RSVP to https://fcwsrc-wip-feb.eventbrite.com 

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


Thursday, March 2nd

DES Symposium: A Population Health Tragedy 

DES (diethylstilbestrol) was the first synthetic estrogen and endocrine disruptor. Poorly tested and over-promoted to doctors, DES was distributed to millions of women in the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and early 70s. They were told it would save "at risk" pregnancies, but was proven to cause miscarriages and also induce breast cancer for mothers. Cancer, infertility, and epididymal cysts were just some of the effects on the children who were exposed in utero. Still, it took the FDA more than 30 years to instruct doctors not to use it on pregnant women. 

Learn more about DES and about the Archives of DES Action USA which is now available as a resource in the Sophia Smith International Women’s History Collection at Smith College.

Presented in collaboration with the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice Program and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

5:30-7:30pm, Room: Cleveland L2, Mount Holyoke College


Wednesday, March 7th

Feminist Movements in a Reactionary Era - Faculty Workshops

Panel 1: Authoritarianism, Religion, and the State 4:00-6:00pm ***RSVP here***

How have women's movements responded to the growth of conservative religious parties and movements? What kinds of fissures have emerged between secular and religious women activists and how should we assess feminist debates on secularism in an era of growing Islamophobia? 

Panel 2: Neoliberalism and Feminism 7:00-9:00pm ***RSVP here***

The growth of neoliberalism has had complicated implications for feminism. How should we assess its impact on NGOs and NGO-ization? What are its consequences for women from poor, indigenous communities, ethnic, sexual and religious minorities? What lessons can feminists learn from the past about the alliances and coalitions they should form in the future? To RSVP: 

*Please note that dinner will be provided from 6:00-7:00pm ***RSVP here***

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College Lamont Fund, Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), Hampshire College Feminist Studies Program, Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Department, Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

4:00-9:00pm, FCWSRC, 83 College Street, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley


Wednesday, March 8th

Feminist Movements in a Reactionary Era:  A Teach In, Talk Around and Walk Out Honoring the International Women's Strike

Panelists will include Sonia Alvarez (UMass Amherst), Kristin Bumiller (Amherst College), Elora Chowdhury (UMass Boston), Islah Jad (Birzeit University, Palestine), Benita Roth (Binghamton University), Svati Shah (UMass Amherst), and Millie Thayer (UMass Amherst)

Sponsored by the Amherst College Department of Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, Amherst College Lamont Fund, Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC), Hampshire College Feminist Studies Program, Mount Holyoke College Gender Studies Department, Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender, UMass Amherst Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center

4:30-7:00pm, Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, 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 Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice Program and the Trans Studies Speakers Series, UMass Amherst

RSVP to https://fcwsrc-tsrj.eventbrite.com

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

Discussants: Laura Lovett and Kimberlee Perez

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

Discussants: Shakuntala Ray and Julie de Chantal 

RSVP to https://fcwsrc-wip-mar.eventbrite.com

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


Wednesday, April 5th

FCWSRC Book Salon "Celebrating Postcolonial Literatures"

Rhonda Cobham-SanderI 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 BaileyA 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)

Discussants: Asha Nadkarni, Kevin Quashie, Ambreen Hai, and Kimberly Juanita Brown

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


Tuesday, April 18th

FCWSRC Book Salon "Queering Feminisms"

Manuela PicqQueering Narratives of Modernity (Peter Lang, 2016) 

Angie WilleyUndoing Monogamy: The Politics of Science and the Possibilities of Biology (Duke University Press, 2016)

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


Wednesday, April 19th

Academic Feminisms Series - What is Feminist Politics? Cross Generational Dialogue on Feminism 

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


Monday, April 24th 

FCWSRC Faculty Works in Progress Research Seminar 

Traci Parker (Department of Afro-American Studies, UMass Amherst)

Jennifer DeClue (Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College) 

6:00-8:00pm, 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 BasuViolent Conjuctures in Democratic India (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Elif Babul (Department of Anthropology, Mount Holyoke College)

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

Moderated by Banu Subramaniam and Susan Shapiro

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 

Academic Feminisms 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