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Summer Writing Retreats!

Dear Pittsburgh Gender Scholars,

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

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@chatham.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.

Tuesday, May 28, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, June 13, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, June 27, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, July 11, 9:15AM – 3PM

Thursday, July 25, 9:15AM – 3PM

 

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:

9:15am ­­– 9:30am            Coffee, establish personal goals for the day, settle in

9:30am – 11:00am          In chairs working

11:00am – 11:15am        Break

11:15am – 12:30pm        In chairs working

12:30pm – 1:00pm          Lunch break and discussion of work

1:00pm – 2:45pm            In chairs working

2:45pm – 3:00pm            Wrap up, sharing, feedback

Please be sure to RSVP to Melody right away, and let me know if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you — and learning more about your project(s)!

Yours,

Jessie

Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D.
Director, Women’s InstituteAssociate Professor, Women’s & Gender Studies
chathamUNIVERSITY
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
http://www.chatham.edu/cwi
o: 412.365.1446
m: 412.880.7200
jramey@chatham.edu
My pronouns are she / her
I am also Chair, Gender Equity Commission, City of Pittsburgh

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Medical Bondage and the Birth of American Gynecology

March 28, 2019 •  4:30PM  •  Carnegie Mellon University

The 13th Annual Margaret Morrison Distinguished Lecture in Women’s History

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens
Associate Professor of History at Queens College, CUNY

4:00 Reception
4:30 Talk

Simmons A
Tepper Quad
Carnegie Mellon University

In Medical Bondage, Cooper Owens explores how, in the nineteenth century, experimental surgeries on enslaved and laboring women enabled the rise of American gynecology as a medical specialty, and shaped Americans’ understanding of race. Merging women’s, medical, and social history, she makes Black and Irish women’s lives—not just their bodies—part of an origins story of American medicine, one that has largely been told with an exclusive focus on white male historical actors.

Defending Democracy in an Age of Dystopia: Restoration Reflections from Alabama to Zimbabwe

March 12, 2019  •  4:30PM  •  Chatham University

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Gender Before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context

March 21, 2019 •  5:00pm – 6:30pm  •  University of Pittsburgh

 

Author Rajani Bhatia presents key findings from her book Gender Before Birth, in which she takes on the double standard of how sex selection practices in the West and non-West are divergently named and framed. Drawing on transnational feminist theory, Bhatia traces material, discursive, and institutional processes that configured sex selection via assisted reproductive technologies within Fertility, Inc. She argues that we are at the beginning of a changing transnational terrain that presents new challenges to theorized inequality in reproduction, and demonstrates how the technosciences often get embroiled in colonial gender and racial politics.

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Center

Chatham Scholar in Residence Public Lecture

February 5, 2019 • 4:30PM • Chatham University

Dr. Keisha N. Blain will speak about her new book, “Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom.”

2018 Pittsburgh Gender Equity Symposium

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November 3, 2018  •  Chatham University

More information and tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-gender-equity-symposium-tickets-48665333322

Just Films 2018-19

Announcing season three of the Just Films series! Eight new documentaries about gender and intersectional social justice issues, most screening for the first time in Pittsburgh. One a month, from September 2018 through April 2019.

Sponsored by the Chatham University Women’s Institute, Gwen’s Girls, the Women and Girls Foundation, the Women’s Law Project, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.

Free and open to the public. Please register to receive important information about each screening (not required for attendance, but it helps you and us!)

Just Films is a collaboration of five organizations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania committed to women, girls, gender equity, and social justice: the Chatham University Women’s Institute, Gwen’s Girls, the Women and Girls Foundation, the Women’s Law Project, and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. We believe in the power of film to promote conversations about social, political, and economic change. We also believe in engaging the community broadly and deeply in dialogue as we pursue equality together.

We have chosen documentaries for this film series covering a wide range of issues designed to educate, inspire, challenge, and move you to action. Many of these films were made by women, and most will be showing in Pittsburgh for the first time. If you have suggestions for films for next year’s series, please send us a note using our contact form. (Our selection committee will meet in the spring to determine the line-up for the following year.)

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 atjpbeatty@carlow.edu.

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