Past Events

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 12:00pm
East Duke Parlors
Jillian Johnson, Mayor Pro Tempore and At Large City Council Member in Durham. She graduated from Duke in 2003 with a BA in Public Policy and a minor in Women's Studies and was elected to City Council in 2015. She has been active in efforts to contain the proliferating gentrification in Durham and... Read More »
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
Duke Chapel
Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation's quest for social justice. Her work as an educator - both at the university level and in the larger public sphere - has always emphasized the importance of building communities of... Read More »
Monday, February 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
East Duke Parlors
This paper presents in dialogue two iterations of the Nancy comics by original creator Ernie Bushmiller and the later poet and illustrator Joe Brainard. Arguing for a generative consideration of these seemingly disparate renditions on a continuum, this paper addresses the ongoing seriality of Nancy... Read More »
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:30pm
East Duke Parlors
Insofar as it names a social category defined by a contestation of overdetermination from the outside, trans has long been marked by a certain measure of trouble with the social, which, in turn, gets trans in trouble. But, rather than trying to make trans properly extroverted, this talk takes an... Read More »
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:00pm
East Duke Parlors
What is the place in today's culture of a fiction genre regularly criticized for celebrating alpha masculinity, the objectification of women, and whiteness?Gender Wednesday Undergraduate Speaker/Lucheon Series invites Romance Novelists Katharine Ashe Julie A. Tetel to the Blue Parlor in East Duke... Read More »
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
East Duke Parlors
History is a story we tell in the present that links what we know of the past to a future we envision. In this talk, drawn from her forthcoming book of the same title, gender theorist and historian Susan Stryker examines the trans-temporal dimensions of what gets labelled "transgender" today, but... Read More »
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 1:30pm
East Duke Parlors
This talk will focus on the methodological contributions of Owens' first book project, Fantasies of Consent, which historicizes the sex trade as it dovetailed with sexual violence during antebellum slavery. Owens will engage with classic black feminist historiographic reading practices, and offer... Read More »
Friday, February 2, 2018 - 3:00pm
East Duke Parlors
An introduction to my larger book project, this talk rethinks the meaning of freedom after slavery through the testimony and writings of those women free people have held captive, hunted, caged, and punished for the crime of wanting to be free themselves. Beginning with Harriet Jacobs and the story... Read More »
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 1:30pm
Pink Parlor, East Duke Building
In this talk, I offer an overview of how black women's sass has come to be the primary lens through which their humor is understood. Drawing on archival research, oral history interviews, ethnographic fieldwork in comedy venues, and my own experiences as an amateur comic, my goal is to chart a... Read More »
Monday, January 29, 2018 - 6:00pm
East Duke Parlors
In Walsh's dissertation she examines how late antique Christian poets writing in Greek and Syriac retold the narratives of unnamed New Testament women. These poets reflected on the boldness of these women who transgressed communal and social boundaries, crafting figures of religious zeal for their... Read More »