WGS Intellectual Forum: Kimberly Juanita Brown
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

WGS Intellectual Forum: Kimberly Juanita Brown

"Plantation Weddings and the Arc of Antebellum Desire"

Plantations wedding venues, particularly in the US South, spatially reconstruct antebellum slave mansions as serene sites of joy. This talk will examine the politics of race, gender, and patriarchy that center on the unfreedom of others.

E51-095
Lunch provided, please RSVP to wgs@mit.edu

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Jennifer Finney Boylan
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

Jennifer Finney Boylan

Reading & Q&A with Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Location TBA

JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN is Professor of English at Colby College and the author of the bestseller She’s Not There, as well as the acclaimed novels The Planets and Getting In. A three-time guest of The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has also appeared on Larry King Live, Today, and 48 Hours, and has played herself on ABC’s All My Children. She lives in Belgrade Lakes, Maine.

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Gender, race & place: perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah
Nov
2
5:30 PM17:30

Gender, race & place: perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah

“Gender, race & place: perspectives on Adichie’s Americanah
Room 4-270

Panel featuring
Helen Elaine Lee, CMS/W Professor and WGS Director
Amah Edoh, Global Studies and Languages Assistant Professor
Kimberly Juanita Brown, WGS & LIT MLK scholar
Nneka Dennie, WGS predoctoral diversity fellow

co-sponsored by My Sister's Keeper and MIT Reads

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Panel: What Does Black Lives Matter have to do with YOU?!
Apr
22
2:00 PM14:00

Panel: What Does Black Lives Matter have to do with YOU?!

The Black Student's Union invites the MIT community to a conversation: What Does Black Lives Matter have to do with YOU?!

Panelists:
DeRay McKesson, civil rights activist, member of Black Lives Matter movement
Malick Ghachem, MIT professor, lawyer and historian of criminal justice, slavery and consitutional history.
Karlene Griffiths Sekou, member of Black Lives Matter Boston, pastor, clinical therapist, and global public health strategist.
DiDi Delgado, member of Black Lives Matter Cambridge.
Carole Bell, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Northeastern University

Come with your questions and an open mind!

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“Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later” symposium
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

“Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later” symposium

“Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat: 20 Years Later” symposium

Panel discussions include:

11:00pm – 1:00pm: “WHERE ARE WE NOW” in 9-354
2:30pm – 4:00pm: “WHERE ARE WE GOING" in 9-354
5:00pm – 6:30pm: “BARBIE & MORTAL KOMBAT: 20 YEARS LATER” in 56-114

You can join for one or all of the panels.
Please register at http://www.equityingaming.com/dbmk.html by April 5th.

This symposium is organized by our fabulous MLK Visiting Scholar Kishonna Gray.
It is co-sponsored by WGS and CMS/W. #DBMK20

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Women Take the Reel: Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
Mar
24
6:30 PM18:30

Women Take the Reel: Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger

Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger at MIT

Directed by Sam Feder
March 24, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm*

MIT Campus Building 6 Room 120

Performance artist and writer Kate Bornstein explodes binaries while deconstructing gender—and her own identity. Trans-dyke. Reluctant polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering Scientologist. Pioneering gender outlaw. Sam Feder’s playful and meditative portrait on Bornstein, captures rollicking public performances and painful personal revelations as it bears witness to Kate as a trailblazing artist-theorist-activist who inhabits a space between male and female with wit, style and astonishing candor.

Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with film director, Sam Feder

*pizza served at 6:30pm

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Can the ‘Woman Question’ Be Answered?  The Curious Case of France, 1400 to the Present
Mar
21
5:00 PM17:00

Can the ‘Woman Question’ Be Answered? The Curious Case of France, 1400 to the Present

Biannual McMillan-Stewart lecture on Women in the Developing World:
Karen Offen, Senior Scholar at the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research presenting Can the ‘Woman Question’ Be Answered?  The Curious Case of France, 1400 to the Present.

MIT Building 3,  Room 333
 

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Women Take the Reel: Daughters of the Dust
Mar
17
6:30 PM18:30

Women Take the Reel: Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust at MIT

Directed by Julie Dash
March 17, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm*

MIT Campus Building E-15 Bartos Theater

At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.

The first wide release by a black female filmmaker, “Daughters of the Dust” was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major in influence on Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade.” This is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the film’s original release.

Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with Sandy Alexandre, Professor of Literature at MIT.

*pizza served at 6:30pm

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Women Take the Reel: Jackson
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

Women Take the Reel: Jackson

Jackson at MIT

Directed by Maisie Crow
March 9, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm*
MIT Campus Building 6 Room 120

Jackson is an intimate, unprecedented look at the lives of three women caught up in the complex issues surrounding abortion access. Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson captures the essential and hard truth of the lives at the center of the debate over reproductive healthcare in America.

Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with film director, Maisie Crow

*pizza served at 6:30pm

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Women Take the Reel: 13th
Mar
3
6:30 PM18:30

Women Take the Reel: 13th

13th at MIT

Directed by Ava Duvernay
March 3, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm*
MIT Campus Building E-15 Bartos Theater

America makes up 5% of the world's population, yet locks up 25% of the world's prisoners. Ava DuVernay's 13th explores how we got here.

Film to be followed by Q&A discussion with Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, organizer with Black Lives Matter, and interviewee from the film 13th.

 *pizza served at 6:30pm

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Pre-release Screening of Hidden Figures
Dec
8
2:00 PM14:00

Pre-release Screening of Hidden Figures

Join us for an exciting pre-release screening of Hidden Figures on Thursday, December 8th at the Kendall Square Cinema at 2:00pm!

The screening will be followed by a brief Q&A with panelists Margot Lee Shetterly, author of "Hidden Figures," Aero Astro's Sheila Widnall, and moderator Debbie Douglas, MIT Museum's Director of Collections and author of the book "American Women and Flight Since 1940."

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