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Past Women's Place Events

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.

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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Women of Color Conversations Series graphic

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.

Video of the Deborah Ballam lecture described below is available — see links following the lecture description.

March 31, 2011Deb Ballam with microphone
Deborah Ballam
"OSU Pathbreakers: Pioneering Women Who Broke Down Barriers"
Thursday, Time: noon - 1 p.m. (brown bag lunch)
Location: OSU, 1947 College Rd, Stillman Hall, McMillin Room (115)
Admission: Free and open to campus and Columbus community
Cosponsored by: Project CEOS; Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and the Department of History

The Women's Place will sponsor a National Women's History Month lecture featuring Deborah Ballam, J.D., Ph.D., faculty emeritus, Fisher College of Business and program director, Project CEOS (Comprehensive Equity at Ohio State). As part of The Women's Place tenth anniversary celebration, Ballam will speak about OSU pathbreaking women: Ohio State students, faculty, or staff members who in some way served as catalysts for institutional change to expand opportunities for women at the university. Pathbreakers may have been actively involved in diversity efforts or held significant leadership positions. Learn more about these extraordinary women in the Encyclopedia of Pathbreaking Women at The Ohio State University. Fruit, dessert, and a beverage will be provided to accompany your brown bag lunch.

Ballam played a major organizing role in the series of meetings that led to the creation of the women’s grassroots network, which has provided its members a collective voice to speak directly to the university administrators on women’s issues. She also was part of the initial group that developed the concept for The Women’s Place and in the mid-1990s served as chair of the Council on Academic Excellence for Women. Ballam served on the first President’s Council on Women and as director of The Women’s Place from 2004-2009. Ballam received the University’s Distinguished Affirmative Action Award in 1992 and has worked toward a university free of gender bias with fundamental respect for each woman on campus.

To view video of the Deborah Ballam lecture, choose a format below:

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Video of the Wendy Smooth lecture described below is available — see links following the lecture description.

February 17, 2011Photo of Wendy Smooth
Wendy Smooth
"African American Women and Electoral Politics: Moving From Margin to Center"
Thursday, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: OSU, Saxbe Auditorium, Drinko Hall, Building 049, 55 W 12th Ave
Parking: Available at the Ohio Union South Garage, 1759 N High St
Admission: Free and open to campus and Columbus community

The Women's Place will sponsor a Black History Month lecture featuring Wendy Smooth, Ph.D., who will speak on the topic of "African American Women and Electoral Politics: Moving From Margin to Center." Smooth is an assistant professor of Women's Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Her research and teaching focuses on women's experiences in political institutions and the impact of public policies on women's lives. She is currently working on a book entitled, Perceptions of Power and Influence: The Impact of Race and Gender in American State Legislatures, which examines the impact of race and gender on the distribution of power and influence in U.S. state legislatures.

The lecture is also part of The Women's Place tenth anniversary celebration and will include an introduction by Joyce Beatty, senior vice president for Outreach & Engagement.

To view video of the Wendy Smooth lecture, choose a format below:

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October 2009
Mary Ann Mason
"Do Babies Matter in Academia?"

Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center, Economics & Family Security at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, came to TWP's Women's Reception to deliver the lecture, "Do Babies Matter in Academia?" The career aspirations and trajectories of men and women Ph.D.s diverge strongly in academia. Men are over-represented in the professoriate and women are over-represented in non-tenure track teaching, administrative, and support positions. Mason's research links those differing trajectories to family constraints and suggests ways that institutions of higher learning can evolve to provide satisfying work opportunities for everyone. Link here to see the video of her discussion. Details of her statistics are included in this PowerPoint presentation.

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