Culture & Identity

Sexism still permeates culture through the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes as well as misogynistic, negative and violent imagery in mass media. Perceptions of identity and gender roles are influenced, reflected and reinforced through myths, narratives and stories. Cultural cues about appropriate gender roles can have a negative and harmful impact by, for example, defining strength and rationalism as ”masculine” and submissiveness and emotionalism as ”feminine.” NCRW and its members are promoting awareness through research and critical analysis that uncover the tensions and assumptions involved in identity and gender roles.

WOMEN’S EQUALITY FORUM: Steps to Political Equality from Gloria Thomas

August 26, 2009 posted by Gloria Thomas*

Our Mother, who Art in Earth: Refashioning Nomenclature and Predication of Divinity


The Women and Leadership Archives Lecture Series

Donald Wallenfang


Location: Piper Hall, Seminar Room, 2nd Floor

A Question of Habit: A documentary film on images of religious women in U.S. popular culture


Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy, a faculty member in communication studies and women and gender studies, will discuss and present portions of her film that examines the wide variety of visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. popular culture and contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current.

Location: Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor Gathering Space

The Library Speaker Series is free, but RSVP is requested.
Contact Carol Franklin at 773.508.2641 or


The New Transnationalism in Literary and Cultural Studies: A Lecture Series


Ania Loomba, Ph.D.

Catherine Bryson Chair, Department of English and faculty member in Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies, Women's Studies, and Asian-American Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Location: Information Commons, 4th Floor

*Co-sponsored with the English Department

Chicago Latinidad: The MexiRican and other Intralatino Subjects


The New Transnationalism in Literary and Cultural Studies: A Lecture Series

Frances A. Aparacio, Ph.D.
Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago

Location: Information Commons, 4th Floor

*Co-sponsored with the English Department


One of Us: Multilevel models examining the impact of descriptive representation on civic engagement


Pippa Norris, Paul. F. McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard Kennedy School

Pondering the Bigelow Nomination in Larger Context

The Huffington Post
Melissa Silverstein • February 8, 2010

"Of Words and Wounds.The Thin Evidence of Asylum Seekers."


Pembroke Seminar Research Lecture

Didier Fassin
James D. Wolfensohn Professor
School of Social Science
Institute for Advanced Study

Location: Pembroke Hall, Room 305

*Reception immediately following





Gender is a Hot Topic in Asia Too

Asia is probably the region of the world that is both furthest ahead and farthest behind on the gender issue. In Singapore, many women are in management, while in Japan, less than 10% of management positions are held by women. Yet in both locations, the issue of gender is emerging as a key business lever.

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