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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.


Cynthia Wu

February 6

Cynthia Wu

When Home Is Another Prison: Movement and Stasis in a Draft Resister's World War II Diary

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

Cynthia Wu’s work focuses on how racialized masculinities are produced through investments in physical or psychosocial difference, queerness and non-normative affiliations. Her books, Chang and Eng Reconnected and Sticky Rice, establish this research trajectory by examining Asian American and Asian-raced men’s unsettling intimacies in the face of pressures that dictate conformity, respectability and upward economic mobility.

Dressed in black, Alice Sheppard leans on her elbow, rests her face in her hand, and gazes softly into the camera.  Her wheelchair back bar is visible behind her. Photo by Beverlie Lord/Satsun Photography.

Alice Sheppard in
her chair. Photo
by Beverlie Lord/
Satsun Photo-

February 20

Alice Sheppard

Unrolling Disability Culture and Aesthetics: A Meditation on Intersectional Disability in Dance

7 p.m., Deming Theater, Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

Alice Sheppard studied ballet and modern dance with Kitty Lunn and made her debut with Infinity Dance Theater. Sheppard joined AXIS Dance Company, an Oakland-based company where she toured nationally and taught in the company’s education and outreach programs. Since becoming an independent artist, Sheppard has danced in projects with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom and Full Radius Dance, Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton in the United States.

An award-winning choreographer, Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture and history, Alice's commissioned work attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race. Alice is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project based collaborative working at the intersections of architecture, dance, design, identity, and technology to show how mobility - literal, physical, and conceptual - is fundamental to participation in civic life.

March 6

Mimi Sheller

The Politics of (Im)Mobility: Bodies, Borders, Cities, Planets

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

March 13

Marcela Romero-Rivera, Hannah Dickinson, and Laura Salamendra

Stencling for the Revolution: The Geneva Women’s Assembly Aesthetic Strategy

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

March 27

Emina Mušanovic and Ashwin J. Manthripragada

Infrastructures of Movement: Bridges and Borders

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

April 10: Disruptive Movement

Katryn Evinson

A Politics of Interruption: The Case of Txitxarro Terrorist Attack

Elizabeth Wells

Throwing Nutshells: Idiocy, Social Control, and the Illegibility of Intelligence in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss

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

April 24: Moving through Identity

Charity Lofthouse

Moving Inhabitations: Listening to Music as Tripartite Engagement and Identity Performance

James McCorkle

Fugitive Lines: The Experimental Black Poetics of Fred Moten, C.S. Giscombe, and NourbeSe Philip

April 25 - 27

Faculty Dance Concert

Includes performance by Fisher Center Faculty Fellow Cadence Whittier: Tethered

April 25 & 26, 7:30 p.m. and April 27, 2 p.m., Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

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?


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