Pembroke Center

The Pembroke Center at Brown University is an interdisciplinary research center that fosters critical scholarship on questions of gender and difference, broadly defined, in national and transnational contexts.

Covering the Bases: Brown Women in Sports

Commencement Forum
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
List Auditorium, 64 College Street, Providence

Sports matter. Playing sports can improve health, earn college scholarships, and launch professional careers. What is being done to create a level playing field for student and professional athletes? What are the challenges and opportunities for women athletes competing at the student, amateur, and professional levels? Brown alumnae discuss their personal and professional experiences as leaders, researchers, and competitors in sports. Watch the video.

(Distributed March 22, 2014)

First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School

A discussion with the author, Alison Stewart' 88

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Jean Howard ‘70
Upper West Side, New York, NY

Journalist Alison Stewart ’88 will talk about her book, First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America’s First Black Public High School. In the first half of the twentieth century, Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High was an academically elite public school, despite being racially segregated by law and existing at the mercy of racist congressmen who held the school’s purse strings. The school’s well-educated teachers developed generations of high-achieving African Americans, groundbreakers that included the first black member of a presidential cabinet, the first black graduate of the US Naval Academy and the legal mastermind behind school desegregation. Join us as Alison Stewart shares the past, present, and future of this historic institution.

(Distributed March 21, 2014)

Feminism, Feminist Theory, and Science: Where We've Been and Where We are Going


A Symposium Honoring Anne Fausto-Sterling



Friday, May 2, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

The afternoon program will feature:

  • Roundtable with talks by Sarah S. Richardson, Anne J. Jacobson, Rebecca Jordan-Young, and Ginger A. Hoffman
  • Discussion with Evelynn Hammonds and Anne Fausto-Sterling about the past and future of Feminist Science Studies 
  • Exhibit of Anne Fausto-Sterling's work from the Pembroke Center's Feminist Theory Archive

There is no registration fee, but we do request that you register via this link by Friday, April 25. For more about the event and Anne Fausto-Sterling's work, please see the Symposium webpage.

(Distributed March 12, 2014)

Knowledge Practices of the Romanian Secret Police

Katherine Verdery, PhD
Julien J. Studley Faculty Scholar and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Wednesday, April 16th
5:00 pm
Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

(Distributed March 10, 2014)

Gender and Sexuality Studies Degree Day

Diversity in Careers Alumni Panel

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:00-8:00 pm
Smith-Buonanno 201

Please join us as we welcome three esteemed Brown alumni in a moderated Q&A panel.

(Distributed March 9, 2014)

Kubrick's Men's Pictures

Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Pembroke Hall 305

Richard Rambuss
Professor of English, Brown University

Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s oeuvre amounts to a sustained meditation on men and the male condition, not only in the present, but also in history and in the future.  The through-line for Kubrick’s body of work is not simply violence and sex, but a pressurized exertion of masculinity in unusual, often extreme circumstances, where it may be mightily taxed or exaggerated to various effects, tragic or comic—or distorted, undone, mechanically reconfigured, metamorphosed.  This lecture focuses on the early Kubrick, including his work as a cub photographer for Look magazine from 1945 -1950, his short-form documentaries, and his early noir boxing feature film Killer’s KissDownload the poster for this lecture.

The Annual Elizabeth Munves Sherman’77, P’06, P’09 Lecture in Gender and Sexuality Studies

(Distributed March 9, 2014)

From Patients to Consumers: The Latest Developments in Health Care and What They Mean for You

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Ulle Holt ’66
Wellesley Hills, MA

We all consume health care, but most of us don’t consider ourselves to be consumers when it comes to our medical care. Now comes the Affordable Care Act, an explosion in mhealth (mobile health) applications, insurance policies that shift costs to us, and contracts that put hospitals on a budget. In this changing landscape, we become consumers in a system that we may not know how to navigate. WBUR health reporter Martha Bebinger ’93 will share what she’s learned in her extensive research and reporting on health care in Massachusetts and beyond.

(Distributed February 12, 2014)
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