Serena Mayeri, Professor of Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, discusses the intersection of feminism, law, and the civil rights revolution. The talk considers the case of African American activist Pauli Murray, who confronted the injustice she called "Jane Crow" when she was informed in 1944 that she was "not of the sex" entitled to attend Harvard Law School. In the 1960s and 1970s, the analogies between sex and race discrimination pioneered by Murray became potent weapons in the battle for women's rights, as feminists borrowed rhetoric and legal arguments from the civil rights movement. Mayeri's lecture explores the development and consequences of this key feminist strategy.
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on December 10, 2011. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Film Screening: Apache 8
Apache 8 (Sande Zeig, 2011, NR, 56 min.) explores the challenging lives of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe. For over 30 years these women have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the United States, and this documentary tells their story through interviews with four members of the Apache crew. A Q&A session with director Sande Zeig and Apache 8 crew members Ericka Hinton and Nita Quintero will follow the screening.
This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on November 13, 2011. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Salander/Blomkvist: Challenging Stereotypes
This panel highlights the two main characters from Stieg Larsson's The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest) and the Swedish film adaptations that followed. Artist and activist Linda Stein will moderate this discussion of how Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist shake up stereotypical gender roles. The panelists will focus on current trends in gender fluidity, as well as male attitudes toward sexual abuse allegations in the news today. Panelists include Shelby Knox, feminist organizer; Michael Kimmel, professor and editor of the journal Men and Masculinities; and Jimmie Briggs, journalist, educator, and founder of the Man Up Campaign. This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on October 22, 2011. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
An Unquenchable Thirst: Mary Johnson
Mary Johnson reads from An Unquenchable Thirst, her spiritual autobiography exploring the yearnings, doubts, and revelations gleaned from her 20-year tenure as a nun with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Through Johnson's vivid telling, this remarkable journey is given universal scope. Feminist historian Debra L. Schultz moderates questions from the audience. This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on September 25, 2011. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.
Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing: Dr. Gail Levin
Distinguished art historian Dr. Gail Levin discusses and gives a PowerPoint illustrated lecture on her new book, Lee Krasner: A Biography—the first full-length account of Lee Krasner's influential and colorful life. Levin presents Krasner as an independent, resourceful woman and an artist of uncompromising talent and remarkable energy. Debunking previous portrayals that depict Krasner solely as the long-suffering wife of Jackson Pollock, Levin allows her to emerge as a significant artist in her own right, a painter who deserves a place in the twentieth century's cultural history and artistic pantheon. This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on May 15, 2011. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.