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Women's Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​From the Director 

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 Progr​am 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.

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FALL 2016​ UPCOMING EVENTS​


Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Black Studies Program presents BEYONCE'S "LEMONADE" SCREENING AND DISCUSSION


5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Balfour Unity Center​

A screening of Beyonce's Lemonade and discussion on its meaning and significance to it core audience, the African Diasporic woman.

RSVP by October 7th: black.studies@providence.edu

Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Program. This counts as a Women's Studies event!


October 19, 2016​

Gender, Equality, and Intersectionality in Black Lives Matter

A Faculty Panel and Discussion 

Organized by Women Empowered

Co-Sponsored by Women's Studies  ​​​

Location and Time TBA​​


​​RECENT EVENTS

Tuesday September 20, 2016

​Drop the 'I' - Word*​​

*no human is illegal

Ruane Great Room

6:30 pm 

 What does the word “Illegal” really mean? Can a human being be illegal? To explore these questions the Providence College community is invited to participate in the “Drop the ‘I’ Word Campaign”, where we seek to discuss, understand, and challenge the use of the word “illegal” and its consequences when describing immigrants in the United States during daily discourses. We hope you join us in this first step of changing perceptions, language and discourse to create a much more welcoming, inclusive environment for all Friars regardless of legal status.

This counts as a WMS event for all students taking Introduction to Women's Studies!


September 12​, 4:30 PM, Moore Hall II ​

"Teaching Orlando: Homophobia and Islamophobia in Post-Orlando America."  

A talk by Dr. Sa'ed Atshan, Visiting Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, at Swarthmore College


 September 9, 2016, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm

Black Women and Girls Symposium: Producers of Knowledge and Agents of Change​

Providence College

'64 Hall​​

Please click on link below for more information.​

This counts as a WMS event!​


Women's Studies Co-Sponsored Event with Black Studies Program​


Summer Event

Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesus


The Women's Studies Program Presents

Our June 2016 Seminar Series

"Transnational Feminisms in a Time of Global Crisis"

With Dr. Aisha Beliso-De Jesús

Wednesday-Friday: June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

10 AM to 3 PM

Lunch Included

Siena 200

Cultural and social anthropologist, Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús, is Associate

Professor of African American Religions at Harvard Divinity School, where she

teaches a graduate course on transnational feminisms. In addition to

transnational feminisms, her topical areas of research and teaching include:

ethnography of transnational religions; African diaspora religious studies;

anthropology of media and the internet; postcolonial and critical theory;

anthropology of the Caribbean and Latin America; media, film, and cultural

studies; and race, gender, and sexuality.

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2016 Women's Studies Award Winners!  Left to right, Sara Curtis (double major with Women's Studies and English) and Kimberly Stephenson (double major with Women's Studies and Health Policy and Management).

WMS Award Winners

Congratulations to ALL of our class of 2016 Women's Studies majors and minors, who represent rich interdisciplinarity in and through the fields of Women's Studies and Sociology, English, Political Science, Psychology, Marketing, Finance, and Health, Policy and Management, respectively. We are very proud of our graduates! They are, in alphabetical order: 

Pratima Benjamin, Sara Curtis, Ellie Dorsh, Michelle Ea, Kimberly Lynch, Erinn Miles, Kristal Morfa, Leah Moynihan, Victoria Munger, Rachel Paul, Joelle Pisani, Kimberly Stephenson, Peggy Saanuo, Kathryn Thifault, and Lauren Thorpe. 





Recent Events

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Thursday, April 28th, 6 to 8pm, 64 Hall

BMSA diversity committee is hosting one more event this semester this Thursday, April 28th. Donzaleigh Aberna​​thy, daughter of Reverend Abernathy, a member of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s inner circle, will be relating a reflection of her father's stories to modern issues students face in 2016, and we expect this to be an amazing event. 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 7PM in the Mural Lounge

​​​Please join us on  to "Spread the Light" and spark a conversation to create greater transparency on the issue of sexual violence at Providence College. Through this discussion, we hope to increase awareness to the student body, faculty, and staff on this prevalent issue. Ultimately, we hope to make the Providence College Community a safer environment for us all through this education. There will be a panel as well as a Q/A session. We sincerely encourage all to attend. 

Sponsored by The Global Studies Department.​

Sunday, April 10th at 4:00 PM, '64 Hall


Women and Social Change in Africa and the Diaspora

There will be a panel discussion on the theme, Women and Social Change in Africa and the Diaspora. Various African women have been invited who are fighting for equality and women empowerment in Africa today. One of the guest speakers survived through the Liberian Civil War and has started her own NGO which she uses as a means to educate and empower girls and women in Liberia. She is a strong feminist and she has really brought about change in the Liberian community here in Rhode Island and Liberia as well. Another speaker is also a PC alum, she graduated last year and she spent her entire summer and year working to bring about change in Liberia and Africa as a whole. Organized by Motherland Dance Group.


Thursday, March 31st 5:00 PM, Slavin ’64 Hall

 Noor Tagouri will be sharing her story as a Muslim journalist in America

 Sponsored by Cultural Education and Programming and the BMSA Diversity Committee.


Tuesday, March 29th 5:00 p.m., Ruane Center, Room 205

Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics with Dr. Evelyn Simien

Dr. Evelyn Simien is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her first book, Black Feminist Voices in Politics (SUNY Press, 2006), examined black feminist consciousness and its effect on political behavior using national survey data. Her second book, Gender and Lynching: the Politics of Memory (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2011), focused on African American women who suffered racial-sexual violence at the hands of lynch mobs in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her third book, Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), considers whether candidates like Shirley Chisholm in 1972 and Jesse Jackson in 1984 as well as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 mobilize voters through emotional appeals while combating stereotypes and providing more inclusive representation. 

Sponsored by the Department of Political Science, Women’s Studies Program, and Black Studies Program.

Tuesday, March 22nd from 4 p.m - 6 p.m., McPhail’s

"Profs, Pints, Poems, and Prose," will give students and professors the opportunity to come together and read aloud from their own works or the works of their favorite poets and authors.

​Sponsored by the Department of English, The Program in Black Studies, The Program in Women’s Studies, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Monday, March 21 at 4 p.m., Aquinas Lounge

The Civil Rights Movement Initiative

Five Hope High School students and their teacher tell us about their unique study of the Civil Rights Movement and their trip to landmark sites of the Civil Rights Movement! 

Last fall Brown University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice developed a unique program for Hope High School seniors called the Civil Rights Movement Initiative. This initiative aims to get high school students to think of the Civil Rights Movement as a bridge to understand the present. The students and their teacher, Maiyah Gamble-Rivers, will talk about the course and the trip they took in January to the South to visit historic Civil Rights Movement sites and museums. 

This event is sponsored by The Political Science Department, and co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, the Black Studies Program, the History Department, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5 p.m., Aquinas Lounge


"Gender, Politics, and the 2016 Election" A Lecture and Q and A with Dr. Wendy Schiller of Brown University

​Organized by the Women's Studies Program and Co-sponsored by Political Science, Sociology, and American Studies.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6 p.m., Slavin Overlook Lounge

​​​​A Panel Discussion on Gender and the Workforce Featuring PC Faculty and Administrators with Dean Sylvia Maxfield, Dr. Anthony Rodriguez, Dr. Jennifer Illuzzi, Dr. Abigail Brooks, and Assistant Dean of Students Tiffany Gaffney​.


Organized by Women Will.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6 p.m., Moore Hall

A Screening of Documented: A Film By an Undocumented American

​Refreshments Provided

Sponsored by:  The Providence College Women's Rights Coalition, The Office of Institutional Diversity, The Common Reading Program, the departments of English, Sociology, Global Studies, Public and Community Service, History, and the Programs of Latin American Studies, Women's Studies, Black Studies and American Studies​.

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., AL-MAG 137

Conference on Cabo Verdean Women: The first conference on Cabo Verdean women to be held in the United States

Organized by Terza Lima-Neves, a “proud PC alumna,” Class of 2000

Terza Lima-Neves invites you and your students to join us in this important and historic moment for the Cabo Verdean community. This conference will be held at Providence College on Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please visit her website for more information about our rationale, vision, bios of the organizers, and description of the panels. Please register for the conference here​. The conference is FREE but registering will help us with seating and catering. 

Monday, February 22, 2016, time and location TBD 

The Black Studies and Women's Studies Programs Presents: 

Naomi Zack: “A New Paradigm of Racism: Why Discourse of White Privilege, Justice and Equality Do Not Work” 


Monday, February 15, 4:30 p.m., '64 Hall ​​​

The Black Studies and Women's Studies Programs Presents: 

Kiese Laymon: “A Discussion on Revolutionary Honesty and Truth Telling”

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently an associate professor of English at Vassar College and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2015-16.


Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5 p.m., AL-MAG 137

American Studies, Women's Studies, and the Office of Institutional Diversity present Elizabeth Hoover: Food Sovereignty and Food Justice Through American Indian Community Garden Projects.

Dr. Hoover is an assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies at Brown University. The event is free and open to the entire PC community. With any questions, please email Tuire Valkeakari, interim director of American studies, tvalkeak@providence.edu​.

Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m. 

The Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-Winning Play By Eve Ensler

Produced, Directed, and Acted by Providence College Students

All Proceeds From the show go to Sojourner House, Advocacy and Resource Center for Women

Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, Providence RI 02903

Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for non students. Contact vday2016@outlook.com​ to purchase tickets. 

* This is an independent production, organized and produced by Providence College students, and performed off campus in the city of Providence.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, '64 Hall

Celebrate African American Heritage Month

Black History 101 Mobile Museum, featuring Khalid el-Hakim  

Black History 101 “Mobile Museum” (BH101MM) will feature over 150 original, rare African American artifacts. Highlights of this mobile museum include artifacts signed by historic icons, authentic American slave shackles and a bill of sale subjugating an African woman and her children to a lifetime of chattel slavery. Founded by Khalid el-Hakim, former Detroit Public School teacher and current Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois, the BH101MM is a collection of original artifacts of Black memorabilia that dates from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to Hip Hop Culture.

Viewing of Artifacts: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Discussion 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.



















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