Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium



Freedom’s Blood Memories: Slavery, Terror, and the Evolution of Black History

February 19, 2020 • 6 PM • Heinz History Center

The African American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center 6th annual Black History Month Lecture featuring Sowande Mustakeem Ph>D> Washington University, St. Louis with the lecture, Freedom’s Blood Memories: Slavery, Terror, and the Evolution of Black History,Wednesday, February 19, 2020 6 PM at the Heinz History center.

4th Annual Cultural Studies & GSWS Student Symposium

Deadline is February 15, 2020 • University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Cultural Studies (CLST) and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) Graduate Student Organization invites both undergraduate and graduate submissions for our 4th Annual CLST/GSWS Student Symposium. The theme for the symposium is “Studies in Creativity.” We want to bring scholars from all over Pittsburgh together to share their work and discuss the new and differing ways we all approach these fields.


We are looking for creative and innovative approaches to cultural and/or gender, sexuality and women’s studies. 2020 is a new decade and calls for new ways of approaching these fields of study. We are especially interested in work that utilizes traditional methodologies and theoretical frameworks in ways that help us create a better understanding of the importance of these fields through interesting and creative work. We welcome innovative ways of approaching these fields with new theoretical frameworks and cutting edge methodologies as well. The goal of this symposium is to showcase student scholarship that goes beyond the traditional, breaks new ground, and experiments with new ways of approaching these fields.


Submit proposals by February 15, 2020 to with the following information:

  • Your name, email address, university, and department
  • Degree status (i.e., undergraduate or graduate student)
  • A 300-word (or less) abstract that outlines your topic, methodology, and what makes your work new, innovative, or creative.


Programing decisions will be sent out by the beginning of March, along with a registration link. The Symposium will be held onThursday, April 9, 2020 at the University of Pittsburgh in the Cathedral of Learning.

Gender & Violence in Northern Ireland

February 6, 2020  •  2:15PM  •  Chatham University

Gender Scholar Job Posting

Full-Time Lecturer Position in Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies  •  University of Pittsburgh

The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS) program at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a non-tenure-stream Lecturer position to begin fall 2020. We are seeking a dynamic, innovative teacher who works at the intersection of critical race/ethnicity studies and gender/sexuality studies. The initial appointment is for one year, followed by a three-year renewable term. The teaching load is three courses per semester.

See job posting here.

Outside the Academy Series: Marian Aguiar on “Arranging Marriage”

November 12, 2019  •  7PM  •  Alphabet City

Outside the Academy Lecture Series: Aguiar (who is a member of the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium) will present research from her recent book Arranging Marriage and answer audience questions. More information and free tickets here.

Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora provides the first sustained analysis of arranged marriage as a transnational cultural phenomenon, revealing how its meaning has been continuously reinvented within the South Asian diaspora of Britain, the United States, and Canada. Aguiar identifies and analyzes representations of arranged marriage in an interdisciplinary set of texts—from literary fiction and Bollywood films, to digital and print media, to contemporary law and policy on forced marriage. Aguiar interprets depictions of South Asian arranged marriage to show we are in a moment of conjugal globalization, identifying how narratives about arranged marriage bear upon questions of consent, agency, state power, and national belonging.

Marian Aguiar is an Associate Professor of English in Literary & Cultural Studies in the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Aguiar’s fields of expertise include culture and globalization, postcolonial studies, and feminism, with particular interest in the study of South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. Her most recent book, Arranging Marriage: Conjugal Agency in the South Asian Diaspora (University of Minnesota, 2018) looks at gendered cultural narratives produced in transnational contexts, identifying how narratives about arranged marriage bear upon questions of consent, agency, state power, and national belonging. Her work now continues to explore both transnationalism and the imagination of movement with her current book project Refugee Mobilities and as co-editor of the Palgrave McMillan book series Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture.

5th Annual Gender Equity Symposium

November 2, 2019  •  Chatham University

Free and open to the public. Childcare provided. Registration required.


This year’s symposium offers our community the time and space to do a deep dive together into the white paper, “Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race.” Released recently by Pittsburgh’s Gender Equity Commission, this groundbreaking report on gender and racial inequality in our city found serious disparities for all women, and especially for Black women and girls. Conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, the report looked at 50 different outcomes related to health, income, employment, and education.

The findings are stark, including: Pittsburgh’s Black maternal mortality rate is higher than 97 percent of other cities. Pittsburgh’s Black women are also less likely to be employed and more likely to live in poverty than Black women in 85 percent of cities. And Black men are experiencing higher occupational segregation, homicide rates, cancer and cardiovascular disease compared to Black men in other cities.

For many of Pittsburgh’s Black residents, these statistics are not surprising. However, this report does more than tell us what many already know. It does two new things that no analysis has offered before. First, the report uses an intersectional approach, looking at both gender and race together. This is the first gender analysis in the country to produce an empirical report on residents’ wellbeing that examines both of these at once. Second, the researchers created a brand new tool that compared Pittsburgh’s livability to 89 other cities. Even more important, the tool demonstrates where local factors are particularly impacting inequality, which suggests where interventions will be most effective.

As the report makes clear, Pittsburgh must address the reality that it is less livable for Black residents, and particularly Black women and girls, than the majority of U.S. cities. The factors described in the report are impacting real people, right now. Black women and girls are not just numbers or statistics, and the entire city has an obligation to act. This symposium is one opportunity to be involved. (To learn more about the Gender Equity Commission and the next steps it will be taking, please see the GEC Statement here.)


During the morning’s plenary session, the University of Pittsburgh scholars will walk us through the data and major findings. We will also have a moderated panel and audience Q&A. After their presentation, the audience will then move to break out sessions facilitated by community leaders, members of the Gender Equity Commission, and faculty members of the Pittsburgh Gender Scholars Consortium. When you register, you will choose one of four thematic areas from the report for your break out session (Health, Income & Poverty, Employment, and Education). The break out sessions will offer participants the opportunity to ask questions and engage in robust conversation around the issues raised in the report. The goal is to use our time together to tap the depth and breadth of expertise in our community with the aim of presenting actionable items to the Gender Equity Commission, which will be making policy recommendations to the City.


8:30AM Registration, coffee, networking

9:30AM Opening session / morning keynote, featuring University of Pittsburgh research team

11:00AM Moderated panel and Q&A

12:00PM Breakout sessions with lunch

1:00PM Wrap up


The symposium is open to all gender scholars, students, organizational leaders, policy makers, and community members committed to issues related to women, girls, and gender equity. For the past several years, the symposium has “sold out” within minutes. This year, we are adding seats and changing the format to accommodate more people. Thanks to sponsorship from the Women’s Institute at Chatham University, the symposium will remain free and open to the public with registration. Lunch is included. Childcare is available upon request with registration.


The morning sessions will feature scholars who co-authored the report,
“Pittsburgh’s Inequality Across Gender and Race”:

  • Junia Howell, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Howell’s research focuses on how cities can foster equity for all residents.
  • Sara Goodkind, Ph.D., M.S.W., is Associate Professor of Social Work, Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on social service programs and systems that work with young people.
  • Leah A. Jacobs, Ph.D., M.S.W., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies criminal justice involvement and behavioral health, focusing on related socio-structural risk factors and points of intervention.
  • Dominique Branson, is a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies the correlation between African American Language and the social outcomes of Black Americans, particularly in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.
  • Liz Miller, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Pediatrics, Public Health, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Her research addresses interpersonal violence prevention and adolescent health promotion in clinical and community settings.

Intersectionality: Gender, Race, and Systemic Implications for Black Girls

September 26-27, 2019  •  University of Pittsburgh

Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh, present the 4th Annual Equity Summit & Awards Reception, Intersectionality: Gender, Race, & Systemic Implications for Black Girls. Day One will begin with an update on systemic issues impacting Black Girls locally and nationally, followed by an exclusive screening of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” a documentary film by Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. and Women in the Room Productions. A panel discussion with Dr. Morris will follow the documentary screening. Day Two will be filled with plenary sessions, panel discussions, and breakout sessions with local and national experts focused on advancing equity for Black Girls. Featured speakers include: Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, Leading Authority in the area of civil rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law; Dr. Venus Evans-Winters, Therapist, Author, and Researcher with a focus on educational policy analysis and racial trauma inside and outside of schools; and Dr. Jamilia Blake, Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, and leading voice on the construct of Adultification of Black Girls. Additional information about the summit can be found here.

EMILY’s List and the Legacy of Women Supporting Women in Politics

September 25, 2019  •  6PM  •  Chatham University

The Hollander Lecture in Women’s Leadership

“Women Supporting Women in Politics: The Legacy of EMILY’s List”


Betsy Crone ‘67, one of the Founding Mothers of EMILY’s List

in conversation with

Ashleigh Deemer ‘05, Co-Founder, Women for the Future of Pittsburgh

Marita Garrett, MAP ‘15, Mayor, Wilkinsburg, PA

Register and more information here:


Just Films 2019-2020 Season

September 2019 – April 2020 • Chatham University

Announcing Season Four of the Just Films series! Eight new documentaries about gender and intersectional social justice issues, most screening for the first time in Pittsburgh: September 2019 through March 2020.

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!)

Unless otherwise noted, all screenings at 6:30PM at Chatham University’s Shadyside campus.

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion or talk-back session to keep the dialogue going.

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