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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.


Fall 2014 Women's Studies Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events:

“Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”: A Teach-In On Ferguson, MO
Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4:30 p.m. ’64 Hall Slavin Center
On Aug. 9, 2014, just days after he officially graduated from high school, Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teen, was shot dead by a White police officer in Ferguson, MO. In the days following many protested his death. This protest was met by militarized police response. Brown’s death and the subsequent dramatic aftermath was broadcast around the country and the world.
Events surrounding the murder of Michael Brown served to (re)ignite discussions about racism, inequality, and increasingly militaristic policing practices in black and brown communities across the US. This Teach-In strives to create a space for campus dialogue; provide social and historical context for these events and consider the impact of emerging and ongoing portrayals and responses. 
Panel Discussion:
Julia Jordan-Zachery, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director, Black Studies Program
Tryon Woods Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice, UMASS-Dartmouth.
Rilwan Ilumoka, Providence College Student
Fr. Gabriel Pivarnik,Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, Vice President for Mission and Ministry.
Kobi Dennis, Former Founder, Director of Night Vision
Facilitated by Rafael Zapata--Associate Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
Workshop Facilitators:
Yamil Baez—Spanish teacher, Member of Providence School Board.
Carmen Rolon—Associate Professor, Director, Secondary Education Program
Tierra Marshall—Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Diversity
Sal Monteiro—Community Activist
Erich Hirsch—Professor of Sociology, Providence College
Juan Carter—Community Activist
Nk Figueroa—Chair, RI Coalition Against Racial Profiling
Law Enforcement Representatives—RI State Police and Providence Police Department
Presented by the Black Studies Program, in collaboration with the following departments and programs: American Studies, Feinstein Institute, Global Studies, History, Political Science, Public and Community Service, School of Professional Studies, Secondary Education, Sociology, Theology, Office of Institutional Diversity, and Women’s Studies.


Thursday, October 2, 4:30 p.m., Slavin Center, Room 112 (the Fishbowl)

The Office of Institutional Diversity Presents
To the Mine I Will Not Go…
Freedom and the Abolition of Slavery on the Colombian Black Pacific
1821 – 1852
a lecture and Q&A featuring
Yesenia Barragan
Ph.D Candidate, Department of History, Columbia University

As opposed to the United States, where slavery was destroyed in the context of a Civil War, or Haiti, where slavery was exterminated in 1804 to create the world's first black republic, the majority of republican governments in the Americas dealt with the 'problem' of slavery through a process of gradual emancipation by passing Free Womb laws in the aftermath of independence.
This presentation examines the social repercussions of this Law of the Free Womb in the Republic of New Granada (modern-day Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador), established in 1821, specifically focusing on the Pacific Coastal province of Chocó, once the gold-mining center of the former Spanish empire. More info…
This event is co-sponsored by American Studies, Black Studies, History, Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
This program is part of the Emerging Scholars Series, featuring rising scholars of diverse social, cultural and academic disciplines whose research shed light on compelling questions on issues of race, class, gender, religion, access/opportunity, intergroup relations, and related themes.

Friday, October 3rd, 4:00 -5:00 p.m., '64 Hall
Reception to Follow
Join us for an opportunity to hear Darlene Love—singer, Songwriter, Performer, and star of the Oscar Winning Documentary, 20 Feet from Stardom—share her inspiring story. Q and As from moderator and audience as well!
Please register at PROV.LY/DARLENE-LOVE
This event will be streamed LIVE on PC’s website and PCTV, and the overflow room will be in McPhail’s.  
If you would like a seat in ’64 Hall, plan to arrive early - it’s first come, first serve!
FYI: There will be a screening of Love’s Movie, 20 Feet From Stardom, on Thurs., Oct. 2nd at 9pm in McPhail’s (sponsored by: S.A.I.L.)


Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:00 p.m., '64 Hall

Dr. Michael Kimmel, sociologist and scholar on masculinities and author of Guyland: The Perilous World Where Guys Become Men and Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era,  will be our Women's Studies headliner this fall. He will be giving a lecture on Thursday, October 9th, at 7 PM in 64 Hall. He will also be available for discussion and conversation with students, faculty, and staff in the afternoon of October 9th, as well. More details on every aspect of Kimmel's visit to follow soon. Please mark your calenders!

Saturday, October 18, 2014, Aquinas Lounge - A Day-Long Event!
Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Women’s Studies at Providence College!

We so hope you will join us for this wonderful opportunity to meet and mingle and converse with Women’s Studies alumni, retired faculty, current faculty, and current students in honor of our Women’s Studies Program’s history and with an eye towards making our future great!
Schedule of Events:

10-10:45 AM: Check In Over Coffee and Treats
11 AM: Welcoming Remarks
11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Alumni Panel
1-2 PM: Lunch
3-4 PM: Discussion Groups of Contemporary Issues of Import to Women and Women’s Studies
5 PM: Keynote Address by Professor Emerita of English and Women's Studies, Jane Lunin Perel
6:30 PM: Dinner

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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