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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 Dr. Grace Ayafor
Dr. Grace Ayafor
Portrait of Dr. Khadijah Breathett
Dr. Khadijah Breathett
February 19, 2013
"What's Your Story": Tales of the Heart
Sponsors: Wexner Medical Center, The Women's Place, MCC, and Society of Sisters
Tuesday, 6 - 8 pm
Location: Multicultural Center (MCC) Great Meeting Room
Fee: Free

The Office of Student Life's Multicultural Center in partnership with the Wexner Medical Center, The Women's Place and the ladies of the Society of Sisters will host "What's Your Story": Tales of the Heart.

In an effort to bring awareness to the leading cause of death in the United States and among women, this event will provide an intimate space for students, faculty, and staff to have a dialogue about heart health among women of color.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the facts and understand the risks from expert physicians in the field of cardiovascular medicine and also hear the personal stories of fellow buckeyes impacted by heart disease and stroke. Dr. Khadijah Breathett and Dr. Grace Ayafor, both fellows in the OSU cardiovascular medicine program, will speak.

Khadijah Breathett, MD is a general cardiology fellow at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center who plans to become a specialist in advanced heart failure and heart transplant. She was one of the recipients of the 2012 American Heart Association Women in Cardiology Trainee Award for Excellence. She obtained her residency training in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center where she also was a recipient of the Barton F. Haynes Resident Research Award.

Dr. Breathett obtained her medical school training at the University of Michigan Medical School, graduating with distinction in service and awarded the annual Ralph M Gibson Senior Award, designated for pursuit of academic excellence and dedication to addressing health disparities. Dr. Breathett cares most about the eradication of racial and gender health care disparities particularly in cardiovascular disease.

Grace Ayafor, MD, is one of the cardiology chief fellows at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Ayafor earned her medical degree at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her residence in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, prior to moving to Columbus, Ohio for her fellowship in cardiovascular medicine.

After completing her cardiology fellowship, Dr. Ayafor will pursue further training in interventional cardiology, to become one of a handful of female interventional cardiologists in the country. She is interested in understanding and decreasing gender disparities in cardiovascular health, particularly in relation to interventional procedures and outcomes.


Conference graphicFebruary 15-16, 2013
2013 Hiphop Literacies Conference: Pedagogies for Social Change
Sponsors: College of Education and Human Ecology, The Women's Place, and more
Friday - Saturday
Location: OSU Ohio Union and Hale Center, King Arts Complex
Fee: free, registration required

The 2013 Hiphop Literacies conference features keynotes, performances and workshops by leading scholars, educators, and artists and focuses on pedagogies for social change in its attempt to target innovative, critical, and activist work that uses Hiphop and popular culture including a wide range of media across geographic and virtual space, diverse populations, and methods for stimulating freedom movement.

The conference is especially interested in student-centered curriculum, integrating media, arts, community-based projects, progressive learning, and teaching that are participatory, inquiry-based, and interdisciplinary addressing social issues such as impoverishment, mass incarceration, community re-entry, sexism, human rights, language diversity, literacy, education, and social inequality. The goal is to continue to locate and instigate unified critical movement on behalf of critical scholars, researchers, students, teachers, artists, community members, and policy makers.

This year the Hiphop Literacies is collaborating with the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference (NCTEAR), several of the events are jointly hosted. Check their website.


Two women meetingJanuary 15 & 31, 2013
Mentoring for Associate Professors: Identifying What and Who I Need
Sponsors: Offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources and The Women’s Place
Tuesday, 11 am – 1 pm or Thursday, 11 am – 1 pm
Location: 400 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd
Fee: free

Mentoring is often expressed as a need by Ohio State faculty, and in general, faculty are dissatisfied with the adequacy of available mentoring. This working session, created specifically for associate professors, will give individuals the opportunity to define their mentoring desires and identify a network of mentors to fulfill their needs. Sponsored by the Offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources and The Women’s Place.

Registration required


Graphic showing two women in a conversation with the title of the workshopDecember 4, 2012
Navigating Stressful Conversations that Influence Promotion to Full Professor
(workshop exclusively for associate professors)
Sponsors: offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources and The Women’s Place
Tuesday, 11:30 am – 1 pm
Location: 400 Stillman Hall
Fee: free

This brown bag lunch/workshop is exclusively for associate professors who need advice on how to set boundaries and say “no,” would like help in communicating when under stress, and want to be more thoughtful about language choices that can potentially affect career progress. As an added benefit, this will be an opportunity to network with other associate professors.

Dr. Anne Massaro from Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources is the presenter/facilitator. The offices of Academic Affairs and Human Resources and The Women’s Place at Ohio State are sponsoring this event.

To register, contact Renee Fawcett at rfawcett@hr.osu.edu or via the web at: http://hr.osu.edu/ole/AcademicLeaderDevelopment.aspx.


Two women at the 2011 reception posing for a photo2011 reception attendees smiling and applauding

October 10, 2012
2012 Annual Women's Reception
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Wednesday, 4 - 6 pm
Location: Longaberger Alumni House, Sanders Grand Lounge, 2200 Olentangy River Rd
Admission: Free and open to campus and Columbus community

Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Ohio State women, catch up with colleagues and friends, and just have fun! This year TWP will highlight women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) fields. In addition, we'll recognize women who have been recently hired and promoted.

Special guests will include Mary Juhas, Joan Herbers, and Provost Joe Alutto. Mary Juhas is currently associate dean for diversity and outreach in the College of Engineering and associate professor of practice of materials science and engineering but will become associate vice president for gender initiatives, Office of Research, on October 1, 2012. Joan Herbers is a PI of Project CEOS and a professor of evolution, ecology, and organismal biology.

We hope to see you there!


Women of Color Conversations Series graphic

bell hooks giving a lectureOctober 5, 2012
Women of Color Conversations Series
bell hooks: Implications of Medical Apartheid
Sponsor: The Women's Place; cosponsors: Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
Friday, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Location: 160 Meiling Hall, 370 W 9th Ave
Fee: free; Invitation only

As part of The Women's Place 2012-13 Women of Color Series bell hooks will discuss Henrietta Lacks and the implications of medical apartheid, the subject and namesake of a book by Harriet Washington. Dr. hooks is an internationally acclaimed cultural critic and feminist scholar who has written 35 books and numerous articles on popular culture, love, Black feminist scholarship, race theory and other topics. Her work is taught around the world.

Read an excerpt from Medical Apartheid.

Lunch will be provided. This is an invitation only event. RSVP required by October 1.

Don't miss this dynamic conversation!


Gioia De Cari, performance author, lying on a classroom deskOctober 4, 2012
Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze
Solo show written and performed by Gioia De Cari
Sponsors: College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of Research, Project CEOS/ADVANCE, The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, The Women's Place
Thursday, 7 pm performance followed by Q&A
Location: Thurber Theatre in the Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Drive
Fee: Free for students with Buck ID (two per ID); $5 for all others, details below

Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summers' now infamous suggestion that women are less represented than men in the sciences because of innate gender differences, Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field.

Performed barefoot on a bare stage with only a chair and small table, writer/performer and "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a hilarious and deeply touching performance that has earned raves from critics and stirred audiences to standing ovations.

Truth Values is an ideal conversation starter about issues concerning women in math and science. An impressive collection of academic luminaries has been attracted to participate in talk-backs held thus far, including Michael Sipser, department chair, mathematics, M.I.T.; Nancy Hopkins, professor of biology, M.I.T.; Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of physics, Harvard; Margaret Geller, senior scientist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; Abigail Stewart, professor of psychology and women's studies, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and Virginia Valian, professor of psychology, Hunter College, and author of Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women.

Tickets are available from Drake Performance & Event Center Box Office: http://theatre.osu.edu/boxoffice.

More information


Graphic from bell hooks event flyer

October 1, 2012
Thinking Beyond Race with bell hooks
Sponsor: Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies; cosponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, The Women’s Place
Monday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: US Bank Theater, Ohio Union
Fee: free

Dr. hooks is an internationally acclaimed cultural critic and feminist scholar who has written 35 books and numerous articles on popular culture, love, Black feminist scholarship, race theory and other topics. Her work is taught around the world.

The event includes a lecture followed by a reception.

More information


Advertising graphic for the conferenceMay 9-11, 2012
2012 Hiphop Literacies: The Globalization of Black Popular Culture
Sponsors: College of Education and Human Ecology, The Women's Place, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Humanities Council
Wednesday - Friday
Location: various locations on Columbus OSU main campus
Fee: free, registration required at http://osuhiphopliteraciesconference.eventbrite.com/

The 2012 Hiphop Literacies Conference: The Globalization of Black Popular Culture is designed to bring together scholars, educators, artists, students, and community members to explore Hiphop.

Hiphop and Black popular culture are central to global youth culture. An artistic, social, and cultural movement, it is diverse and reflects the local histories, cultures and concerns of its worldwide practitioners, while adhering to Hiphop's ideological and aesthetic imperatives. Global Hiphop has emerged from the "collision and collusion between two powerful globally pervasive forces: transnational media and capital and African American popular culture that remains steeped in Africanist expressive modes."

A major goal of "Hiphop Literacies" is to promote interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach around Hiphop, to stimulate ongoing dialogue and outreach across various disciplines in the academy and in the community. In addition to scheduled talks and workshops by renowned Hiphop scholars, artists and educators, the conference will host presentations and performances by scholars, students, and community members. The conference will also feature a lecture and headline performance by a nationally recognized Hiphop artist.

More information, including schedule of events, locations, and keynote speakers


Portrait of Jan AllenMay 2, 2012
ASFW 8th Annual Ballam Women's Symposium: "Igniting an Extraordinary Life: 5 Questions to Light YOUR Path"
Keynote Speaker: Jan Allen, Life Strategist and Executive Coach
Sponsors: The Women's Place and Association of Staff and Faculty Women
Wednesday, 8 am - noon
Location: The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd
Fee: member $30, guest $40

Jan Allen is a Life Strategist and Executive Coach, and Women on Fire National Membership Chair. A diplomat and bridge between the worlds of mainstream professional life at the highest levels of corporations, universities, government, non-profit organizations and the media, and of mind, body, spirit, belief and emotion, Jan weaves together her careers as lawyer, social worker, public relations professional, and veteran of government and politics to coach leaders and emerging leaders.

Her first-hand experience in creating and running businesses, leading others and advising leaders allows her to connect to and understand her clients’ desires, dreams and real-life challenges in the professional world.  She has partnered her coaching clients to create new businesses, become more resonant leaders, reconnect to long-hidden passions, develop new skills and spark greater creativity.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 25. Sorry, no refunds for cancellations and no-shows.

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