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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.

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To help create and strengthen connections between Ohio State women and expand development opportunities, The Women’s Place (TWP) is sponsoring the 2011-12 Women of Color Conversations Series. TWP will present an ethnically and professionally diverse group of thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Our dialogues will be open to the campus community and will converge around topics that are particularly relevant to women. Regional Campus conversations may be open to surrounding communities as well.

Karima Korayem speaking on a panelJanuary 10, 2012
Women of Color Conversations Series
Dr. Karima Korayem
Equal Opportunity or Gender Discrimination in Egypt: A Personal Perspective and Experience
Sponsor: The Women's Place; cosponsors: The Mershon Center, College of Law, Near Eastern Languages & Culture, and Middle East Studies Center
Tuesday, 1:30 - 3 pm
Location: Hagerty Hall, Room 306, 1775 College Road
Fee: free

As part of The Women's Place 2011-12 Women of Color Series, which includes bell hooks and Betty Shamieh, The Women's Place presents Dr. Karima Korayem, a distinguished scholar in Economics and professor at Alazhar University in Egypt.

Dr. Korayem plans to discuss such issues as:

  • Social Class and Gender Discrimination: Are social classes alike in their perspective and application of gender discrimination?
  • Women's Status in Work and in Society: Does primary responsibility for gender discrimination in the workplace fall on women themselves or on society?
  • Youth Revolution and Women: Did women affect, and/or have they been affected by the revolution?

Dr. Korayem worked as a consultant to several international, regional, and national organizations, including the World Food Programme of Poverty (WFP), a number of United Nations programs such as the Economic Commission for Africa and the Department for Economic and Social Affairs, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR), the League of Arab States, the Minister of Finance (Egypt), and the National Bank of Egypt. She has also contributed to more than 60 international and national publications on development issues such as poverty, income distribution, globalization, and economic policies. Her books include Structural Adjustment, Stabilization Policies, and the Poor in Egypt" (American University in Cairo Press), and Poverty and Social Exclusion in the Mediterranean (CROP Publications, with Maria Petmesidou).

Portrait of Sheryl WuDunnNovember 14, 2011
"Half the Sky: A National Perspective"
Barbara K. Fergus Women In Leadership Lecture Series Featuring Sheryl WuDunn
Sponsor: John Glenn School of Public Affairs; Media Co-sponsor: The Women's Place
Monday, 4 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union, Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor, 1739 N High St, Columbus
Fee: Free, registration required

Join the John Glenn School of Public Affairs for an enlightening conversation on why the education and empowerment of women around the globe has a profound impact on our own nation. Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a best-selling author, business executive, and lecturer.

November 10, 2011
ASFW Wisdom Circle Discussion: Revisiting Anita Hill
Sponsors: Co-sponsored by ASFW and The Women's Place
Thursday, noon - 1 p.m.
Location: The Women's Place, 400 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd
Fee: Free, no registration required

During this discussion, using a Wisdom Circle format, participants will be invited to explore common ground, as well as consider differences, during a focused conversation around a recent Newsweek article revisiting Anita Hill 20 years after she testified about Clarence Thomas in his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

After she testified that Thomas had sexually harassed her when they worked together at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, senators holding the hearings "interrogated Hill with a ferocity that shocked even political veterans, impugning everything from her competence to her sanity to her sexuality," according to the Newsweek story.

From the article: "...the demonization of Anita Hill illustrated all too clearly how women could be victimized if they reported sexual harassment by men in positions of authority. ... Women's-rights advocates initially viewed the whole debacle as a disastrous setback for the nation as well."

"When Hill was not believed, the feeling was that this would cause fewer people to report sexual harassment," says Gloria Steinem. "But what happened was the reverse, because she had opened up the subject. Women began to talk to each other and discovered that this had happened to many other women, so it turned out to be a huge national teach-in on sexual harassment."

Participants are asked to read the article before joining the conversation. The article is available online here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/10/02/anita-hill-discusses-clarence-thomas-twenty-years-later.html, or download a copy.

This Wisdom Circle is free, and no advance registration is required. Participants should feel free to bring their lunch. This event is co-sponsored by ASFW and The Women's Place.

November 8, 2011
Information Session: Women's Summer Leadership Institutes
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Tuesday, 11 a.m. - noon
Location: The Women's Place, 400 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd
Fee: Free, registration required by Thursday 11/3

Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institutes provides an intensive 12-day curriculum that prepares women faculty and administrators for institutional leadership roles. Each year OSU sends several faculty and staff women to the institute, which addresses higher education issues and leadership skill building and takes place next year on the campuses of Bryn Mawr College or the University of Denver. The Women's Place invites faculty and administrative staff women to a brown bag lunch from 11 a.m.- noon, Tuesday (11/8) at 400 Stillman Hall to learn about the institutes and application process.

RSVP to womensplace@osu.edu by Thursday (11/3). Read more: http://womensplace.osu.edu/leadership-programs.html#HERS.

Video of the Work-Life Balance workshop described below is available — see links following the workshop description.

October 25, 2011
Work-Life Balance for Faculty: A Working Session
Sponsors: Co-sponsored by The Women's Place and Office of Human Resources
Tuesday, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Thompson Library, 11th floor
Fee: Free

This interactive, two-hour workshop will provide information on work-life balancing derived from separate studies of female and male faculty across disciplines, career stages, and institutions. Participants will then be invited to brainstorm work-life balance issues pertinent to the faculty at Ohio State. Finally, informed by the presenters' research on exemplary institutions, a discussion will be facilitated on how similar programs and policies might be implemented at Ohio State in order to address faculty concerns. Presenters are Maike Philipsen, professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Tim Bostic, assistant professor, Old Dominion University. Philipsen and Bostic coauthored the book Helping Faculty Find Work-Life Balance based on years of in-the-field
research and two gender-based studies.

To view video of the Work-Life Balance workshop, choose a format below:

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Portrait of Bell HooksOctober 12, 2011
Women of Color Conversations Series
bell hooks: Adventurous Women
Sponsor: The Women's Place
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - noon
Location: 400 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd.
Fee: free

As part of The Women's Place 2011-12 Women of Color Series, which includes Egyptian economics scholar Dr. Karima Korayem and Betty Shamieh, Palestinian-American playwright, author, screenwriter, actor, and professor, bell hooks will discuss how black and white women in public positions are received and represented differently.

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.

Don't miss this dynamic conversation!

Photo from the 2010 Annual Women's Reception

October 5, 2011
2011 Annual Women's Reception
Wednesday, Time: 4 - 6 p.m.
Location: Longaberger Alumni House, Sanders Grand Lounge, 2200 Olentangy River Rd
Admission: Free and open to campus and Columbus community

Celebrate Ohio State women by joining us at our 2011 Annual Women's Reception. The reception will feature special guest Tally Hart, senior advisor for Economic Access, and remarks by President Gee and Provost Alutto.

This is a Zero Waste Event: at least 90 percent of the waste generated will be composted and recycled, diverting it from a landfill.

View the reception invitation.

May 13, 2011
Women, Power, Politics, and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Conference in Honor of Susan M. Hartmann
Sponsor: Department of History (co-sponsored by The Women's Place and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Kuhn Honors & Scholars House, 220 W. 12th Ave.
Admission: free and open to all

The conference schedule includes:

  • 8:30-9 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Welcome
  • 9:30-11 a.m.: Women, the Law, and Citizenship
  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Coffee Break
  • 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Post-War Demands
  • 1-2 p.m.: Lunch
  • 2-3:30 p.m.: Challenging Narratives: Rethinking Our Approaches
  • 4-6 p.m.: Reception hosted by the Department of History

There is no fee for lunch, but in order to facilitate planning, please register in advance. Send an email for your lunch registration to Anna Peterson, peterson.534@buckeyemail.osu.edu no later than noon on Monday, May 9. Questions? Contact Birgitte Soland at soland.1@osu.edu or 614-292-7426.

May 4, 2011
7th Annual Ballam Women's Symposium: Living and Leading with Balance
Sponsor: Association of Staff and Faculty Women (co-sponsored by The Women's Place)
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: RPAC Meeting Rooms
Admission: (until April 20) $45 for members, $55 for guests, and $80 for conference registration + joining or renewing ASFW membership. All rates go up $5 after April 20

Co-sponsored by The Women's Place, Ohio State Rec Sports, and Office of Student Life. Lunch and refreshments are included. For details and symposium agenda, visit: http://asfw.osu.edu/programs.

Photo of bell hooks looking to her left at a graphic of her name

“When we are more energized by the practice of blaming than we are by efforts to create transformation, we not only cannot find relief from suffering we are creating the conditions that help keep us stuck in the status quo.”

May 2, 2011Close up photo of bell hooks
"Celebrating Women's Work"
Monday, noon - 3 p.m.

You are invited to share an afternoon with internationally acclaimed writer, professor, feminist scholar, poet, and social critic bell hooks, author of Ain’t I a Woman, Yearning, Belonging, and many other books and articles. She has spent her career constructing a sophisticated literary catalogue that examines the complexities of race, class, sexuality, and gender. hooks will deliver a lecture followed by a Q&A session and small group discussions. Lunch will be available for purchase for those who sent their RSVP by 4/27. Join us for this engaging event, which is the culmination of The Women’s Place 10th anniversary celebration!

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Kirwan Institute.

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