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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.

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.

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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.

February 26-27, 2009
Christina Baldwin (lecture, on the 26th), Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin (workshop, on the 27th)
"Story as Leadership: Lecture and Workshop"

This lecture was led by Christina Baldwin on Feb 26, 2009 at the Wexner Center. Ann Linnea and Christina Baldwin conducted the workshop on Feb 27, 2009 from 9 am to 5 pm at the RPAC Meeting Rooms 1-3, 337 W. 17th Ave.

November 2008
Susan Faludi
"The Heart of the Matter: How Feminism Explains America"

Susan Faludi came to speak at OSU's 9th annual Diversity Lecture and Cultural Arts Series. Ms. Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best selling author, with astute observations on the lives of women and men that inspired a new generation to rethink issues of gender and power.

October 2008
The Honorable Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland
"Women and International Policy"

A conversation with WOSU'sFred Andrle

January 23, 2007
Margaret Wheatley
"The Future of the World Depends on Women"

President, Berkana Institute

October 13, 2006
Jean Shinoda Bolen
"Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World"

Psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and author

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