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Scenes from Women's Studies

Events 2009-2010


Fall 2009

Out of Diversity We Speak

" HIV and Academics"

Stephen Barber, Chair of the English Dept.

Lynne Derbyshire, Chaire of Communications Dept.

"What it means to be a first-generation working class college student"

Frank Forleo, Asst. Director of Talent Development Program

"History of diversity at URI over the last 40 years as I've seen and felt it"

Yvette Harps-Logan, Prof. of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, & Design

 "Another 'Wise Latina' Looks at the U.S Supreme Court:

Why Justice Sotomayor Matters"

Professor Rosa Maria Pegueros,

Latin American History and Women's Studies


Stephen Barber is interviewed by a student

for the The Good Cent Cigar school

newspaper following his talk in Lippitt.


February 2010

Tool Box for Success

Sponsored by the Women's Council for Development and

WOWW (Women Offering Women Wisdom)

"Out of Duty: Virginia Woolf's Aesthetics of Existence"

Prof. Stephen Barber (Chair of the English Dept.)

Dana Shugar Colloquium Lecture



March 2010

Schweers Lecture on Women and Health

"Gender-Specific Aspects of Heart Disease:

What All Women Need to Know"

Dr. Barbara Roberts, Director of the Women's Cardiac Center,

Miriam Hospital; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine,

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Co-sponsored with the URI College of Nursing and the Dean of Arts & Sciences


International Women's Day Celebration II

Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

"This celebrated documentary tells the dramatic success story of the women's peace movement of Liberia, where Christian and Muslim women banded together to end their country's civil war. Leymah Gbowee, the central figure in the film, and the Women of Liberia are recipients of the 2009 JFK Profile in Courage Award."


International Women's Day Celebration (a week early)

READ/WRITE and Women's Studies Present:

Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Pakistani-American writer,

scholar,performance artist-playwright

Reading from her newly published memoir:

Lahore With Love:

Growing Up With Girlfriends, Pakistani-Style (2010)

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is the author of five books, including

A Critical Stage: The Role of Secular Theatre in Pakistan and Shattering The Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (2005)

Peter Covino, Kara Lafferty,

Fawzia Afzal-Khan, Mollie Bergeron


April 2010

"Global Freedom Movements Symposium"

Prof. Donna Hughes and WMS 400

WMS CAPSTONE students reported in the following countries and freedom movements:

China tightly controls citizens’ access to information by censoring the Internet.  There is an ongoing struggle by freedom activists to circumvent what is called the Great Firewall of China.


Women were severely repressed when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan. Today, they are still struggling against former warlords and Taliban for basic rights and freedom.


In Moldova, a young woman activist named Natalia Morar, organized a protest following what they thought was a rigged election. She twittered her friends to come to the square and light candles to protest. Over 15,000 people came out.

Last year in Iran, many people protested what they saw as a rigged re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. People took to the streets to demonstrate in what became known as the Green Revolution. Women were active participants in calling for democracy and freedom.

Ever since the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, women have been struggling to regain their rights. The women’s movement is severely repressed in Iran, although women continue to organize and protest. Many women have been arrested, tortured, and executed for calling for freedom.

As Russia moves away from freedom and democracy, the Russian government has seized control of the media. Any journalist who dares to investigate corruption or the brutality of the Russian crackdown in Chechnya is threaten or killed.

Following the genocide in Rwanda, 70 percent of the population was women. With many men killed or disabled, women assumed more responsibility for farms, businesses and even the government. Today, women hold almost 60 percent of the seats in Parliament, the highest in the world.

The Sahrawis people of the Western Sahara are struggling for independence from Morocco.  The Moroccan government has suppressed the movement resulting in severe human rights violations. A woman,  Amainaou Haidar, is leading the non-violent movement for freedom.


"Sex-Trafficking: Law and Policy"

Prof. Donna Hughes, Women's Studies

"Gender Equity in Higher Education:

Perspectives from the Global South"

Dr. Bola Akanji, Distinguished international scholar from the

Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research

"URI's National Success Engaging Men in Violence Prevention"

Keith Labelle and Jenn Longa Moio

Directors of URI Violence Prevention Program and Advocacy Services

Dana Shugar Colloquium Lecture

"Reading, Learning, Teaching Toni Morrison"

Prof. Karen Stein, English and Women's Studies

Co-sponsored with the URI Center for the Humanities


"Commemorating Dana Shugar and the History of

the URI Annual Gay and Lesbian Symposium"

Prof. Mary Cappello (English) and Prof. Jean Walton (English)

Dana Shugar Colloquium Lecture