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The following list is an archive of events The Women's Place sponsored or cosponsored. In addition, some events may have video recordings of the event and/or documents associated with the event posted in the listing. Check back frequently, as we add video recordings as they become available, which is sometimes months after the event. We will note new recordings below in red at the top of each event.


Portrait of Anita HillNovember 6 & 7, 2014
Anita Hill Documentary and Symposium
Sponsors: Departments of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and History, The Women's Place and many others
Thursday (film), 7 pm & Friday (symposium), 11 am
Location: film, Mershon auditorium; symposium, Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall
Fee: free

The film, "Anita," is a critically-acclaimed new feature documentary about the 1991 Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. A screening of "Anita" at the Wexner Center's Mershon Auditorium will take place on Thursday, November 6, and be followed by a Q&A session with "Anita" filmmaker Freida Mock and Anita Hill herself. The next day, on Friday, November 7, a panel featuring Anita Hill and two or three other key speakers from the Ohio State community will reflect on the legacy of the Hill hearings and on the topics of sexual harassment, sexual assault and reform, historically and today.

The film was just released nationally in March to rave reviews, and the Ohio State University is one of the few universities in the nation to host a screening and panel event with Anita Hill.

Anita Hill is a lawyer and senior advisor to the provost and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies at Brandeis University. In 1991, she became a national figure when she alleged before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Her testimony focused national attention on the issue of workplace sexual harassment. She has spent the past two decades raising awareness on issues of sexual harassment and encouraging those who have suffered harassment and discrimination to speak out. Until the documentary "Anita," however, Anita Hill had never before told her story on film.

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November 6 & 7, 2014
ACE Women's Network Ohio logoACE WNO 16th Annual Statewide Conference
Adaptable and Ready: Thriving in a New Higher Education Landscape
Sponsor: American Council on Education (ACE) Women's Network Ohio
Thursday (preconference), 4:30 pm & Friday 7:30 am - 4 pm
Location: 115 Stillman Hall and Ohio Union
Fee: professionals, $125; graduate students, $50

The Women’s Place has been working with ACE Women’s Network Ohio (WNO) to bring their 16th annual conference to The Ohio State University. WNO’s conference is a professional development opportunity for women faculty, staff, administrators and graduate students at Ohio colleges and universities.

WNO chose its 2014 theme “Adaptable and Ready: Thriving in a New Higher Education Landscape” based on college and university leaders’ expectations that the next 10 years will be a revolutionary period in higher education, with rapid and continual change. As a network that functions at the state level, they see their mission as helping women at all points in their careers prepare for the imminent changes in higher education. They seek to support all women in reaching their professional goals.

The conference features:

  • Breakout sessions offering opportunities for deep discussion, skill-building related to professional development and information on current higher education issues and trends
  • Networking with women administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities across Ohio
  • An all-female Presidential Panel who will describe their leadership journeys
  • Pre-conference (Nov 6): reception and screening of documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power,” followed by conversation with Anita Hill & filmmaker Freida Mock

Conference Agenda:

Thursday, November 6, 2014:

Reception & Registration: 115 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd, 4:30-6:30 pm
Optional Anita Hill Screening: Wexner Center’s Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N High St, Columbus, 7 pm
Optional Dinner on your own: The Wine Bistro, 1750 W Lane Ave, 6-8 pm

Friday, November 7, 2014 (Ohio Union):

Continental Breakfast, Roundtables & Registration: 7:30 – 8:30 am
Welcome: 8:30 am
Presidential Panel: 8:45 - 10:15 am
ACE WNO Awards: 10:15 - 10:45 am
Break: 10:45 - 11 am
Concurrent Breakout Sessions I: 11 am - 12:15 pm
Lunch & Plenary: 12:15 – 1:15 pm
Break: 1:15 - 1:30 pm
Concurrent Breakout Sessions II: 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Closing Plenary: 3 - 3:45 pm
Closing Remarks and Door Prizes: 3:45 - 4 pm

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A group of black girlsSeptember 12-13, 2014
Black Girls: The Silent Crisis
Sponsor: Department of African American and African Studies; cosponsored by The Women's Place (see more cosponsors below)
Friday, 9 am
Location: AAAS Community Extension Center, 905 Mt. Vernon Ave, Columbus
Fee: free

The intersection of race and class in the lives of African American males is the topic of intense debates, extensive research, and speculation as to what will create long-term resiliency. Not until recently have the lives of black girls begun to receive national attention.

The Department of African and African American Studies is proactively responding to the need for dialogue. This Symposium is focused on trauma and resiliency in black girls and the role of black fatherhood and black men on the identity formation of black girls. The Symposium is a partnership with Rise Sister Rise, a local women's organization whose work is based on the groundbreaking study of the same name of 409 African American girls in four Ohio cities.

It is open to scholars, students, and Columbus community members who are interested in race and culture, gender studies, issues and challenges related to the economic, educational, social, mental, and physical health of young girls and teens, as well as the role of the criminal justice system in the lives of black girls and their families.

Cosponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Psychology; Department of Teaching and Learning; College of Social Work; Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Criminal Justice Research Center; Student Life Multicultural Center and The Women's Place.

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Event graphicMay 28 - 30, 2014
2014 Student Parent Support Symposium
“Babies, Diapers & Diplomas: Supporting Those Who Support Student Parents in Higher Education”
Sponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women's Place
Wednesday - Friday
Location: The Blackwell Hotel, 2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, 43210
Fee: $75 - 340; registration required by May 16

The 10th Annual Student Parent Support Symposium promotes the advancement of support services in higher education for single parents, low-income parents, and families. A wide range of presentations will be offered relating to the development and improvement of student parent participation in higher education.


Event graphicMay 23 & 24, 2014
The First Actresses: 1600-1930s Symposium
Sponsors: OSU Department of Theatre, The Women's Place and University Libraries' Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute
Friday and Saturday, time TBA
Location: TBA

Arriving centuries late to the theatre profession, women have met with hostility, censorship, bans and working conditions often well below those available to their male counterparts, not least of which was economic security much lower than that of actors. This symposium focuses on the actress with a view to promoting, identifying and encouraging research and scholarly directions on the work and lives of actresses from the 17th through the early 20th centuries.

The symposium will include keynote speaker Sharon Marcus (The Orlando Harriman Professor at Columbia University), presentations, exhibition and two performances that will provide a forum for scholarship to be shared, work by practitioner/researchers to be experienced, and will allow future directions on the study of the actress to emerge.

For more information, please email Lesley Ferris at ferris.36@osu.edu.


Sponsor's logoMay 19, 2014
ASFW 10th Annual Ballam Women's Symposium
"In Search of Sisterhood: Cultivating Community across Campus."
Plenary Speaker: Lisa Hayes, LISW-S
Sponsor: Association of Staff and Faculty Women (ASFW), The Women's Place
Monday, 7:30 am - 2 pm
Location: Ross Heart Hospital (first floor) lobby & auditorium
Fee: $25 ASFW members, $35 non-members

Lisa Hayes presents "In Search of Sisterhood: Cultivating Community across Campus." Lisa Hayes, LISW-S will be ASFW's plenary speaker for the Ballam Women's Symposium this year. She is a trauma therapist at Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program and also works in private practice. Lisa is a two-time Ohio State graduate and has conducted a long list of workshops and events that cater to women centered issues.

Breakfast and lunch are included. A special health and wellness program and raffle will follow the plenary talk.


Event graphicMay 16-17, 2014
Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II
Sponsors: Sexuality Studies Program, The Women's Place
Friday-Saturday, 8:30 am - 7:30 pm (Fri); 8:30 am - 5:45 pm (Sat)
Location: Ohio Union, OSU, 1739 N High St, Columbus, 43210
Fee: free, registration required

The second queer studies conference at Ohio State, Queer Places, Practices, and Lives II will feature keynote speakers Sara Ahmed and Eli Clare. This 2-day conference provides a forum for scholars, creative writers, performance artists, archivists, and others to present and discuss their work relating to queer issues. The conference aims to take stock of recent trends in queer studies scholarship and to open up new avenues of inquiry, research, and expressive practice.

More information.


Portrait of Marilyn SmithApril 9, 2014
History of the Domestic & Sexual Violence Movement in Deaf America 1986-2014
Featuring Marilyn J. Smith
Sponsor: Department of English, The Women's Place, Department of Education, Teaching and Learning, Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, DISCO, ASL Program, Nisonger Center, and Office of Disability Services
Wednesday, 2:30 - 4 pm
Location: Sullivant Hall 220 (*please note the room has changed)

Marilyn Smith will discuss two crucial movements in deaf America: the anti-violence movement and the Deafhood movement. She will illustrate how they are entwined, and how both have changed many perceptions and actions in deaf America.

Smith is a trailblazer and former executive director and founder of Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Services (ADWAS). She started ADWAS in 1986 as a basement operation in her home in Seattle, WA, in response to the murder of a deaf woman by her abusive husband. Since then it has grown into a $1.9 million nonprofit organization.

In 2006, ADWAS was able to build their first Safe Haven (transitional housing program) for abused deaf women and children, and has since trained 24 other cities to replicate the ADWAS model. Marilyn has received numerous awards. Now on the board of the Foundation to Deafhood and Gallaudet Board of Associates, Marilyn is collaboratively working with many prominent deaf leaders to reduce audism nationally and worldwide.

Drinks and snacks provided.


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Photo of Chavez-Garcia with her daughterApril 4, 2014
Moving From Associate to Full Professor: A Workshop with Professor Miroslava Chávez-García
Sponsors: Latina/o Studies at Ohio State and The Women's Place
Friday, 10 - 11:30 am
Location: Stillman Hall, room 115 (McMillin), 1947 College Rd
Fee: free, registration required

On her road from assistant professor to professor, Miroslava Chávez-García has experienced academic life in a regional, teaching university as well as in major research universities; managed a short-term commuter marriage with her spouse living in another state; and, with her spouse, is raising two children.

Chávez-García is a professor in the Chicana & Chicano Studies Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has published two major books in the field of history and several articles and chapters in Chicana/o studies, women's studies and juvenile justice. She has also provided significant service to the profession by serving on varied internal and external campus committees, national review panels for fellowship competitions, and served as chair and, currently, vice chair, of departments.

All along the way, she has compiled an "archive" of insights, strategies and plans that she enjoys and is committed to sharing with women of color on the tenure track. She looks forward to hosting an interactive discussion with Ohio State women faculty that can focus on meeting and finding individual and institutional needs and solutions.


Video of the Beyond Implicit Bias event described below is available — see the photo link following the event description.

Portrait of Russell Fazio
Russell Fazio
Portrait of Cheryl Staats
Cheryl Staats
Portrait of Quinn Capers
Quinn Capers
March 26, 2014
Beyond Implicit Bias: Motivations and Actions
Sponsors: Implicit Bias Collaborative
Wednesday, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall/Moritz College of Law*
Fee: free, register by March 19
*The event will also be available remotely on Carmen Connect

Join the Implicit Bias Collaborative as we delve further into implicit bias by examining how motivations affect action and the possibilities for overcoming biases with Ohio State experts on the subject. Cheryl Staats, researcher from the Kirwan Institute, Professor Russell Fazio from Ohio State's Department of Psychology and Ohio State's Dr. Quinn Capers, IV, associate dean, College of Medicine and assistant professor, cardiovascular medicine, will present.

Dr. Fazio, the Harold E. Burtt Chair in Psychology, is an American Psychological Association Fellow and recipient of a National Science Foundation grant and many National Institute of Mental Health grants, among others. His research is centered on the study of attitudes, such as prejudice and stereotyping, and focuses on attitude formation, change, and accessibility, attitude-behavior consistency, and social cognition. He is the author of "Attitudes: Insights from the New Implicit Measures" and has articles published in numerous journals.

Staats is the author of "State of the Science: Implicit Bias Review," an extensive document that synthesizes a broad range of scholarly literature on how unconscious racial associations influence human decision-making and outcomes. The "Implicit Bias Review" highlights how cognitive forces that shape individual behavior without our awareness can contribute to societal inequities. Much of her current work focuses on implicit racial/ethnic bias.

Dr. Capers was named one of America’s Best Doctors of 2009. He is associate dean for admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an assistant professor of clinical medicine and director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Capers was a National Research Service Award grantee of the National Institutes of Health as a cardiology fellow. In 2010, Dr. Capers received the Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Community Service from Defense Supply Center in Columbus.

If you attended the fall 2013 semester implicit bias workshops, please RSVP for this workshop as it will go beyond the introductory material of those preceding it. Lunch will be included, RSVPs are required. Register by March 19.

Snapshot from Beyond Implicit Bias event video

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