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Welcome to the Providence College Women's Studies Program. We hope that you will find these pages useful to learn more about the community of PC students and faculty who share an interest in studying the lives and experiences of women. Although there are many differences among programs at different institutions, we share an excitement about what we can learn by putting women at the center of our questions.

At Providence College, the Women's Studies Program offers a major and a minor in Women's Studies, 10-15 courses per semester offered to any interested student, the Women's Studies Resource Center, and a variety of informal events offered to the College community.


Spring, 2015 Women's Studies Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events:



February 10, 2015, 4:30 p.m., '64 Hall

From Selma to Ferguson, The Black Freedom Struggle & the Redemption of US Democracy.  Lecture & Q&A with Pultizer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch.  Taylor Branch is an American author, journalist, and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years.  The triology's first book, Parting the Waters:  America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989.  Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success:  Pillar of Fire:  America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan's Edge:  America in the King Years, 1965-1968.  Decades later, all three books remain in demand.  His latest book, The King Years:  Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013) presents eighteen key episodes spanning the era, selected and knitted togther in language from the triology.  He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washinton Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper's and Esquire.  He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  For information on Taylor Branch, see

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Avon Cinema (located at 260 Thayer Street, Providence)
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Avon Cinema (located at 260 Thayer Street, Providence)
Students, $8.00, Non-Students, $12.00
The Vagina Monologues
If you would like to purchase tickets, please email or  If you are unable to attend a performance and still want to support the production and the cause in another way, we have also created a Go-FundMe account to raise money to put towards the production and to donate to the Women's Fund of RI and the V-Day Foundation.  The link is:
**The Women's Studies Program is not an official sponsor of this event.
Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Guzman 250
The Women’s Studies Program enthusiastically invites you to join us for a screening, followed by Q and A with director Alexandra Lescaze, of her new documentary film All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 PM, in Guzman 250. Mike Hale, of The New York Times, calls All of Me a “welcome exception” to the wide spread invisibility and negative stereotyping of fat people in American media and Dorothy Rabinowitz, of the Wall Street Journal, describes the film as “outstandingly potent.”
Please find a brief description of the film All of Me, and the filmmaker, along with the poster for this event, below. (For more on the film, go to
Through the personal stories of three severely obese women who choose weight-loss surgery, All of Me shines a fresh light on the causes, challenges, and intense psychological struggles surrounding obesity in our society, as well as our attitudes and prejudices towards the obese. All of Me provides a unique and thoughtful look at a community of people that is often vilified, made fun of, or quite simply ignored in our society, and encourages viewers to examine their own prejudices and complicated relationships with food, fat, and their bodies.
 Alexandra Lescaze is a NY-based documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes in Journalism and monthly Sidney Awards, honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Her first film, Where Do You Stand? Stories from an American Mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization.  Co-sponsored by Health Policy and Management Program.

Abigail T. Brooks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
Director of the Women's Studies Program

Location: Phillips Memorial Library, LL 12
Phone: 401-865-2924
Fax: 401-865-2381

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