The Center provides funds and support for both ongoing reading groups and groups associated with particular speakers or events.

Feminist Fiction Reading Group

The Feminist Fiction Reading Group, a Bucknell institution for over 20 years, holds monthly meetings. The group reads works of fiction (and sometimes non-fiction) that deal with race, class and gender, and how they impact on the changing roles of women in American society and in the world. For further information, contact Iris Rifkin-Gainer.

Our Bodies: Whose Property by Anne Phillips

Organized by Amy McCready (political science), spring 2015

In this book, Phillips (Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science) challenges notions of freedom based on ownership of our bodies and argues against the normalization of markets in bodily services and parts. Drawing on analyses of rape, surrogacy, and markets in human organs, Phillips contends that body markets occupy the outer edges of a continuum that is, in some way, a feature of all labor markets, and that treating the body as property makes human equality difficult to comprehend.

Motherhood and Academic Life

Organized by Ruth Tincoff (psychology)


Past Reading Groups

Racial and Ethnic Studies -- Organized by Michael James (political science) and Michael Drexler (English)

The Black Female Body by Deborah Willis -- Organized by Harriet Pollack (English)

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson Reading Group -- Organized by Susan Reed in preparation for Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's 2013 visit to Bucknell as the Women's and Gender Studies Distinguished lecturer.

Michelle Alexander Reading Group --  A reading group and discussion on Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in preparation for Alexander's visit as the keynote speaker for the 2012-13 Social Science Colloquium: "Mass Incarceration in America".


Places I've Been

The following links are virtual breadcrumbs marking the 27 most recent pages you have visited in If you want to remember a specific page forever click the pin in the top right corner and we will be sure not to replace it. Close this message.