Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium

2018 Pittsburgh Gender Equity Symposium


November 3, 2018  •  Chatham University

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Summer Writing Retreats

Need to get some writing done this summer? Our mini-writing retreats have been very successful in helping folks write (words! pages! entire journal articles!). 

You are cordially invited to join your colleagues from the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium for structured writing time, with feedback and encouragement from peers, time to learn about each other’s work, and lots of coffee. Thanks to support from Chatham University, we are able to provide lunch. We meet on the lovely Shadyside campus and there is free parking.

You are welcome to come to any or all dates that work for you — but please register asap as room is limited! You may rsvp to Melody Harris (M.Harris [at] chatham [dot] edu) who also keeps a waiting list for each session and will contact you if space opens up. Please also let her know of any dietary restrictions or accommodations you might need.

Thursday, June 7, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Wednesday, June 13, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Wednesday, June 20, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Thursday, June 28, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Thursday, July 12, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Thursday, July 19, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Wednesday, July 25, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

Wednesday, August 1, 9:30AM – 3:30PM

If you are signing up for a date, please be sure you can attend for the full time, as late arrivals or early departures create a distraction for everyone. 

We will use this schedule:

9:30am ­­– 9:45am             Coffee, establish personal goals for the day, introductions

9:45am – 11:15am           In chairs working

11:15am – 11:30am         Break

11:30am – 12:45pm         In chairs working

12:45pm – 1:30pm           Lunch break

1:30pm – 3:15pm             In chairs working

3:15pm – 3:30pm             Wrap up, sharing, feedback

Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

April 26, 2018  •  3:30PM and 6:30PM  •  Carlow University

A poetry reading by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, judge of the 2017 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, and Deborah Allbritain, winner of the 2017 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award

The Kresge Center, Carlow University Commons (map)

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author ofOpen Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, andBlack Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well asPoems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work onThe Coal Tar Colors, her third poetry collection, andPurchase, a collection of essays. She has written plays and lyrics for The Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in conjunction with the 2015 exhibitOne-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Worksfor MoMA.

Deborah Allbritain holds a master’s degree in speech pathology from University of the Pacific. She hopes to begin study next fall at San Diego State University’s MFA program in poetry. Publications and awards include:The Antioch Review,The Cortland Review,B O D Y Literature,Front Porch,Verse Daily,One,Michigan Review,Connecticut River Review,Cimarron Review,Eclectica, and others. Her poetry has been anthologized inStand Up Poetry: The Anthology,The Unmade Bed, Harper Collins,The Book of Birth Poetry, andIn the Palm of Your Hand(Tilbury House). She received two Pushcart Prize nominations in 2015. Her poem, “The Fire,” was a finalist for the Wabash Poetry Prize.

About the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award
Sponsored by the Madwomen in the Attic Creative Writing Workshops at Carlow University, the Patricia Dobler Poetry Award is an annual contest open to women writers over the age of 40 who have not published a full-length book. This award is named for the late poet Patricia Dobler, who taught for many years at Carlow University, where she directed the Women’s Creative Writing Center and the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops. She is the author ofCollected Poems(Autumn House Press, 2005);Talking to Strangers(University of Wisconsin Press, 1986), which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry;UXB(Mill Hunk Books, 1991); andForget Your Life(University of Nebraska Press).

For more information, please contact Sarah Williams-Devereux atsewilliams412@carlow.eduor Jan Beatty

Zero Weeks

Just Films Series  •  Chatham University •  April 18, 2018  •  6:30PM

Most Americans agree that family comes first. No matter where you work or what zip code you live in, you should be able to welcome a new child, to care for your mother when she has her knee replaced or to heal from cancer without facing financial disaster.

And yet in 2016, only 14 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. reported having paid family leave through an employer; less than 40 percent have personal medical leave through an employer-provided temporary disability program. The United States and Papua New Guinea are the only countries in the world without a paid leave law. Because 44 percent of American households don’t have enough savings to cover their basic expenses for three months, families are often forced to choose between taking time off to care for a partner or parent with an unexpected medical emergency or continuing to work so that they can keep their job and health insurance. The crisis is just as bleak for new mothers. Nearly 1 in 4 mothers return to work within two weeks of having a baby. Without the protections of paid leave, new mothers are 40% more likely to need food stamps or public assistance.

Weaving powerful stories together with insightful interviews from leading policy makers, economists, researchers and activists, ZERO WEEKS lays out a compelling argument for guaranteed paid leave for every American worker. The film looks at paid leave from an emotional, medical, financial and global perspective.

ZERO WEEKS is the fourth documentary by award-winning director, Ky Dickens. As a female director, with a track record for creating poignant work known for shifting policy and public opinion, Dickens is an ideal filmmaker to tackle this project. Dickens was inspired to make a film about paid leave, after facing financial depletion, emotional turmoil and guilt of having “not enough time,” due to a lack of paid leave, after the birth of her first child.

Once a fringe issue, paid leave is now central in the national debate. The issue is not just political, it’s smart economics. The three states that have implemented their own policies — California, New Jersey and Rhode Island— have experienced greater economic stability. Companies like Google, which provide over 16 weeks of paid leave, have seen their rates of attrition fall by 50%. Paid leave is not just good for families, relationships, and the health of seniors, parents and children, but it’s beneficial for business and our nation’s ability to compete on a global scale.

The Revival: Women and the Word

March 21, 2018  •  6:30PM  •  Chatham University

Just Films Series, co-sponsored by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, Gwen’s Girls, Women and Girls Foundation, Women’s Law Project, and the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

The Revival: Women and the Word chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race, and sexuality.
Stay after the film for a very special performance and talk-back with Pittsburgh’s own artist, Vanessa German, who is a Scholar in Residence at the Chatham Women’s Institute this spring.
Vanessa German, Citizen Artist (Speaker)


African Origins of Humanity: A Retrospective of my Time in the Field

March 13, 2018  •  4:30PM  •  Chatham University
Hollander Lecture in Women’s Leadership
Dr. Alison Brooks is a paleoanthropologist and Paleolithic archaeologist who has worked at numerous locations in Africa, France, the Levant, and northern China. A pioneering woman in her field, she is an expert on early modern humans, Paleolithic archaeology, physical anthropology, paleoanthropology, ethnoarchaeology, and geochronology and she is an important figure in the debate over when, where, and why modern Homo sapiens originated.

Dr. Brooks’ lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is requested. (

Cookie and punch reception to follow.

Countering Violent Extremism: What Do Women’s Rights have to do with it?

March 22, 2018  •  Carnegie Mellon University  •  4:30PM

Just Films: T-Rex

February 21, 2018  •  6:30PM  •  Chatham University

T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields, who was just 17 years old when she won the Olympic gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012. The film traces her rise as an Olympic athlete from the streets of Flint to the podium in London, and the subsequent challenges and disappointments as Claressa watches fellow athletes receive recognition and endorsements while none come forward to support her, raising questions about race, class, and gender bias. Agents suggest she should soften her image, but Claressa is her own person, ready to push the boundaries while fighting for another gold and a better life.

Film screening followed by panel discussion/ Q&A.


Dr. Kerrie J. Kauer teaches in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her appointment at Pitt, Dr. Kauer was an Associate Professor at California State University, Long Beach in the Sociology of Sport. Her research, teaching, and activism include feminist and queer analysis of sport and human movement, the body and body image, and the intersections of sport and social justice. She’s authored numerous articles and book chapters, and her research has been published in Gender & Society, Sociology of Sport, and The Journal of Lesbian Studies. Dr. Kauer also serves on the editorial board for the sociology division of the Women in Sport & Physical Activity Journal.

Taunya Marie Tinsley, D.Min., Ph.D., NCC, LPC, has over 20 years working in the secondary and college/university academic, athletic and sporting environments. Dr. Tinsley has worked with the National Football Foundation, the National Football League (NFL). Most recently, she assisted the NFL Player Engagement with the mental health presentations at the NFL Rookies Symposium, the enhancement of the NFL Rookie Success Program, and the NFL Clinician Summit. Additionally Dr. Tinsley is the Owner of Transitions Counseling Service LLC and Life Skills Program that includes a ministry division, Love and Basketball Ministries, where she provides individual, marriage, family and group counseling and consultative services. Additionally, Dr. Tinsley is the Clinical Director of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church Counseling Center. Moreover Dr. Tinsley remains active in both the workplace and in the community advocating for and promoting organizations, helping professionals, and their clients. Dr. Tinsley served as the secretary of the Ethnic Concerns Committee of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics. In 2006, Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the American Counseling Association to develop, facilitate, and enhance the Sports Counseling Interest Network.

Karen Hall has spent over 20-years coaching college women’s and men’s basketball at several Division-I institutions, Today Karen works as an ESPN3 College Women’s Basketball Color Analyst. She Produces and host her own TV-Show “The Hall Pass” at Point Park University. She is Co-host of the weekly Neil Haley Sports TV & Syndicated Sports Radio Call-In Show. She is the Associate Executive Director/Communications Director for Ozanam Program, Inc. Public Speaker on topics ranging from Networking, Academics & Athletic, to Embracing Change. Works Men’s and Women’s Basketball Conferences and NCAA Championships. She owns High Performance Hoops. In addition, she is a Physical Education consultant with local area schools.

Intersectional Girlhood

February 12 and 13, 2018  •  University of Pittsburgh


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