Each spring, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender and the Department of Women's & Gender Studies co-sponsor a distinguished lecture.

Jeanne Marecek, Department of Psychology, Swarthmore College

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
7 p.m., Forum, Elaine Langone Center
FREE and open to the public

"Beyond Difference: Re imagining Gender, Sex, and Sexualities."

Is women's psychology different from men's? Are male-female differences a matter of biology or culture?

Claims about male-female differences lace through self-help books, child-rearing manuals, advice columns, and psychology textbooks. Psychologists have been called on to answer questions about "female nature" and male-female differences since the early 1900s.

Marecek argues that it is time to stop trying to answer such questions. The questions are the wrong questions and definitive answers are not possible. In this talk, she will describe alternate questions and alternate ways that we might investigate gendered social life.

Recent Speakers

Anne McClintock, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  "US Empire, Paranoid Masculinity, and the Gendered Dynamics of Torture." (2014)

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University. "Disability Stories" (2013 )

Gail Dines, Wheelock College. "Sex, Identity & Intimacy in a Porn Culture" (2012)

Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University. "When the Body is a Country's Archive: Some Women's Stories of Trauma, Stories of Will" (2011)

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Brown University. "Gender, Sexuality, and the Problem of Memory" (2010)

Helene Foley, Columbia University. "Classical Muses: How Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-centurey Women Re-imagined Greek Tradgedy for the U.S. Stage" (2009)

Janice Radway, Duke University. "What are Zines? And What Do Girls Do With Them?" (2008)

Michael Kimmel, sociologist/author. "Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth: Women and Men in a New Millennium" (2006)

Christine Battersby, University of Warwick. "Flesh Questions: Representational Strategies and the Cultures of Birth" (2005)

Cynthia Enloe, Clark University. "The Militarization of Us and Them: American Civilians, American Soldiers and Iraqi Women" (2004)

Shahnaz Khan, Wilfred Laurier. "Finding Space Beneath My Feet: Post September 11th Reflections of a Muslim Feminist" (2003)

Charis Thompson, Harvard. "Heterosex: The Human Embryo in the New Reproductive and Genetic Technologies" (2002)

Anila George, Centre for Development Studies, Kerala, India. "Violence Against Women: International Perspectives on Local Actions – The Suryanelli Rape Case" (2001)

Temma Kaplan, SUNY, Stony Brook. "Forgetting Social Movements: Women and the Transitions to Democracy" (2000)


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