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Feb 27, 2014

You can find recordings, helpfully indexed, of 2013-14 faculty workshops at, including the opening event – "Healthcare as a Social Right," featuring Jack Geiger, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeffrey Goldhagen.

Sep 22, 2016

Co-sponsor: The Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women

In its 2016-17 theme year, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge.

Sep 22, 2016

Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge (1st Floor) / Reception to Follow

Free and open to the public, but please register at

ISSUES OF SEX, GENDER, AND RACE have come to the fore during this election cycle.  The presidential candidate of one of the major parties has built a campaign around hypermasculinity and white identity, while battles over racial profiling and police violence, immigration, transgender rights, and abortion have raised the stakes for both parties.  Wherever the campaigns are in late September, Penn DCC has invited four astute commentators and scholars to help trace the complicated, and in many ways unprecendented, roles that sex, gender, and race have played in the politics of 2016.

JANE MANSBRIDGE, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values at the Harvard Kennedy School, is the author of Beyond Adversary Democracy (1983), an empirical and normative study of face-to-face democracy, and the award-winning Why We Lost the ERA (1986), a study of anti-deliberative dynamics in social movements based on organizing for an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Beyond Self-Interest (1990), Feminism(1994), Oppositional Consciousness (2001), Deliberative Systems (2012), and Political Negotiation: A Handbook(2015). Her current work includes studies of representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of free-rider problems.

DIANNE PINDERHUGHES is Notre Dame Presidential Faculty Fellow, and Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Political Science. Her research addresses inequality with a focus on racial, ethnic and gender politics and public policy in the Americas. Her publications include Uneven Roads: An Introduction to US Racial and Ethnic Politics(co-author; 2014); Race and Ethnicity in Chicago Politics: A Reexamination of Pluralist Theory (1987); Black Politics After the Civil Rights Revolution: Collected Essays (forthcoming); Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and the Changing Face of Political Leadership in 21st Century America (co-author; forthcoming).

KATHA POLLITT is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her “Subject to Debate” column, which the Washington Post called “the best place to go for original thinking on the left,” appears every other week in The Nation. Many of Pollitt’s contributions to The Nation are compiled in three books: Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism(1995); Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (2001); and Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time (2006). Her recent books include Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights (2014).

GARY M. SEGURA is the Morris M. Doyle Centennial Professor of Public Policy at Stanford University. His work focuses on issues of political representation and social cleavages, the domestic politics of wartime public opinion, and the politics of America’s growing Latino minority. Among his most recent publications are Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation (co-author, 2014); "The Future is Ours:" Minority Politics, Political Behavior, and the Multiracial Era of American Politics (co-author, 2011), and two books with the Latino National Survey team: Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences (2012), and Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (2010).

Free and open to the public, but please register at

Oct 24, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

MARÍA JOSEFINA SALDAÑA-PORTILLO is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU. She has published articles in the U.S. and Latin America on revolutionary subjectivity, trade liberalization and the drug economy, and on racial formation and indigeneity in the United States and Mexico. She is the author of The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (2003)and Indian Given: Racial Geographies Across Mexico and the United States (2016).

Nov 17, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

ELLEN SAMUELS is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the author of Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race (2014). Her critical work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Disability Studies, GLQ, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States, The Disability Studies Reader, Amerasia, and is forthcoming in the anthologies, Disability and Media Studies,and Disability and Disclosure in Higher Education. Her awards include the Ed Roberts Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability Studies, the Catherine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, and two Lambda Literary awards. She is working on a new book, Double Meanings: Representing Conjoined Twins.

Dec 8, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

VALENTINE MOGHADAM is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. Her areas of research include globalization; revolutions and social movements; transnational feminist networks; and gender, development, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her many publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (1993, 2003, 2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, 2013). Her current research is on prospects for a women-friendly democratization after the Arab Spring.

Jan 19, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

LYNNE HANEY is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines how states shape and regulate a variety of social relations, particularly gender relations. Her early work centered on state systems of welfare, while more recently it has shifted to focus on punishment—and on how the institutions of social control and confinement shape the lives and livelihood of those connected to them. She is the author of Inventing the Needy: Gender, Politics, and State Development in Hungary (2002) and Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire (2010), which explores the lived reality of prison for women in the United States today.

Feb 16, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

KAMALA KEMPADOO is Professor of Social Science, York University, and is affiliated with Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the graduate programs in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, Political Science, Social and Political Thought, and Development Studies. Specializations include transnational and Caribbean feminisms, human trafficking discourses, studies of sexual labor-economic relations, Black studies, Caribbean studies, and gender and development. She is author of Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean (1999) and Sexing the Caribbean (2004); and co-author of Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights (2005/2015).

Mar 16, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen” (2004) and a globally recognized scholar of the study of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) focuses on the development of intersectional solidarity as a method of political engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners in U.S. politics.  Her most recent book is Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016).

Apr 20, 2017

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public

ALONDRA NELSON is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is Chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016), which traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011). She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (2001), Afrofuturism (2002), and Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012).