Pembroke Center at Brown University Celebrates 30 Years of Activity

By Susan Graves*

On November 5th, the Pembroke Center at Brown University recently celebrated its 30th anniversary with a conference entitled Theory on the Move: Three Decades of Critical Feminist Thinking.

Former Pembroke Center directors Joan Wallach Scott, Ellen Rooney, Karen Newman, and Elizabeth Weed join the Center's current director Kay Warren for the Pembroke Center's 30th Anniversary Conference, "Theory on the Move:  Three Decades of Critical Feminist Thinking" at Brown University on November 5, 2011.

Founded in 1981 as a research center on gender, Pembroke stood out from other centers by focusing on the theoretical categories of gender, questioning the meanings of “woman” and “women,” and drawing from other academic departments to enrich scholarly thought. Faculty and staff emphasize collaborative effort by combining their expertise to tackle complex and nuanced issues. The Pembroke Research Seminar combines the efforts of faculty, post-doctorate fellows, graduate students, and select undergraduates to examine a common set of issues from many angles. The Center continues the interdisciplinary tradition today by broadening the scope of inquiry to include fields such as international public health, legal studies, and new media studies, among others – as well as examining the concept of “difference” and how it might exist in social, political, historical, and economic contexts. The Center publishes a scholarly journal called ‘differences’ three times yearly. The Center also sponsors Brown University’s undergraduate concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

The Pembroke Center retains a commitment to training undergraduate and graduate students and offers year long research seminars, fellowships, lecture series, and research grants. Recent fundraising efforts to support the Center’s work have proven fruitful with donors contributing over $1.5 million. Happy Anniversary Pembroke Center!

*Susan Graves is a Fall Communications Intern at NCRW with a BA in Anthropology from Rutgers University.

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