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.
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
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).
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.
BMSA diversity committee is hosting one more event this semester this Thursday, April 28th. Donzaleigh Abernathy, 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.
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.
"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.
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.
A Screening of Documented: A Film By an Undocumented American
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
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”
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 Insitutional 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m.
The Vagina Monologues
An Obie Award-Winning Play By Eve Ensler
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 email@example.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.