Fisher Center

Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice

Fisher Center 2018-2019 Speaker Series: On the Move

Celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice will host artists, scholars, authors and activists, including keynote speaker Angela Davis, to examine contemporary concerns surrounding mobility, movements and migration.

FALL 2018

September 28

Laura Rowley

Crafting the Revolution: DIY skills for activists

4:30 p.m., Fisher Center, Demarest Hall 212

Laura Rowley will lead “Crafting the Revolution: DIY skills for activists,” a hands-on poster, card and silkscreen workshop.

Angela Davis

October 18

Twentieth Anniversary Lecture: Angela Davis

Futures of Feminism

4:30 p.m., Vandervort Room

Angela Davis is an international icon for her decades of struggle against oppression. In 1970, she was on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List" for trumped-up charges connected with a courthouse attack in Marin County, CA. An international movement formed to "Free Angela Davis." After serving sixteen months in prison, including solitary confinement, she was acquitted of all charges. A long-time member of the Communist Party, in 1979 she was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union. In addition to her activism on behalf of prison abolition, anti-racism, feminism, and Palestinian self-determination, Angela Davis is the author of numerous books, including the classic, Women, Race, and Class. She is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

November 14

Charisse Burden-Stelly

The treacherous terrain of movement building: Anti-radicalism, anti-blackness, and U.S. imperialism

7 p.m., Fisher Center, Demarest Hall 212

Charisse Burden-Stelly is an assistant professor of Africana studies and political science at Carleton College. Co-author of W.E.B. DuBois: A Life in American History, Burden-Stelly holds a Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has published scholarship recently in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society.

December 5

Noriko Manabe

How Sound Shapes Demonstrations, and How Demonstrations Shape Sound: Case Studies in the U.S. and Japan

7 p.m., Fisher Center, Demarest Hall 212

Noriko Manabe is an associate professor at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Her research centers on music and social movements and on popular music. Manabe’s first monograph, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima, addresses the different roles of musicians in the performance spaces of cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals and recordings. The book won the John Whitney Hall Book Prize (for the best book in Japanese studies) from the Association for Asian Studies and Honorable Mention for the Alan Merriam Prize (for the best book in ethnomusicology) from the Society for Ethnomusicology.


The Fisher Center brings together faculty, students, and experts in gender-related fields in the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary society.

Building upon their long-held commitment to interdisciplinary liberal arts education for men and women, both separately and together, Hobart and William Smith Colleges established (in 1998) the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men to support curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects which address the question:

How do we more nearly realize, through our educational program, scholarship, and presence in the larger community, our democratic ideals of equity, mutual respect, and common interest in relations between men and women?


The Fisher Center Predoctoral Fellow application is available on the HR website.

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