Past Events

Lecture: Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam

Dec. 6, 2018 5:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium B

Sylvia Chan-Malik, Associate Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, will discuss her recently published book, Being Muslim: A Cultural History of Women of Color in American Islam.

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Apr. 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

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Double Feature! with director and MHC alumnae Kat Hunt

Apr. 11, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
101 Dwight Hall

Two films will be screened, "The Smiling: Madame Beudet (1923), followed by "Whats Revenge (2016)" written and directed by Kat Hunt '16. "The Smiling" has been described as a first feminist film and surrealist revenge film. "What's Revenge" is about two friends who take revenge on "the men" in their lives in this speculative comedy. Free.

Miércoles en Mandelles: "The Politics of Abortion in Latin America"

Mar. 28, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
North Mandelle Common Room

Please join us for the second in a series of lectures by Mount Holyoke Professors on their research in the Spanish speaking world, featuring Cora Fernández-Anderson from the Department of Politics. All talks are in English. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Spanish Floor.


Documentary Film Screening-Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Mar. 25, 2018 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Austrian-Jewish actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood's top stars in the 1940s. Behind the glamour, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.
Discussion with Robin Blaetz, Chair of Film Studies, and Katherine Aidala, Chair of Physics. Moderated by Mara Benjamin, Chair of Jewish Studies.
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Lakshmi Padmanabhan: "Otherness Machines: Postcolonial Feminist Experiments with the Moving Image"

Feb. 15, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

Key interventions in documentary film and photography have illustrated the complicity of the camera in projects of colonial capture, and the disciplinary function of the image. Please join us in welcoming Lakshmi Padmanabhan from Brown University as she discusses her ongoing research into the understudied archive of feminist documentary photography and experimental video that emerged in India in the 1980s, in a period of rapid political change. This talk chronicles their repurposing of visual technology toward experiments in postcolonial feminist aesthetics. 

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“Songs of Desire” — Pharaoh’s Daughter in concert

Feb. 10, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall

In music both hip and deeply informed by her Hasidic, Yiddish-speaking background, singer Basya Schecter leads seven-piece band Pharaoh’s Daughter in songs of erotic and spiritual desire drawn from the Song of Songs. The band creates a tapestry of sounds influenced by Sephardic, Arabic, and other Middle Eastern musical traditions. Free and open to the public.

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Kelsey Cameron: "Corporeal Networks: Digital Media's Marked Bodies"

Feb. 5, 2018 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
220 Art Building.

Digital Arts Spring Lecture Series

When digital technologies were new, they promised users freedom from race, gender, ability, and other markers of bodily difference. While we think about digital media in different terms today, we have not fully escaped this foundational imaginary. Using the police body camera as a case study, our guest speaker Kelsey Cameron from the University of Pittsburgh will unpack the legacy of digital disembodiment and uncovers the networks of human actors that disappear beneath it.

No Más Bebés

Apr. 6, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Mount Holyoke College Small Gamble

Screening of the Documentary Film and a discussion with Elena Gutiérrez, Associate Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

They came to have their babies. They went home sterilized.

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Breaking Barriers: Women In Construction

Mar. 23, 2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Blanchard Great Room

Come meet the Women Construction Workers who are Building Western MA - including - MHC's New Blanchard Campus Center. By supporting diversity efforts in their industry these women construction workers are creating access to jobs & shrinking the pay gap for women & people of color.

  • Shannon D. Gurek, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer of Mt. Holyoke College will be on hand to welcome our panelists and introduce our Guest Moderator, Susan Moir, ScD Director of Research for Labor Resource Center, UMass Boston
Event is Co-sponsored by: C.A.U.S.E., MHCASA, Roosevelt Institute, ACLU of Mt. Holyoke, Politics Dept., History Dept., Gender Studies Dept., Africana Studies Dept., MHC Alumnae Association - Pioneer Valley Club, New England Regional Council of Carpenters

A Night of Spoken Word with Kai Davis

Feb. 15, 2017 5:31 pm
Blanchard Great Room, Mount Holyoke College

Building Bridges: Trans and Queer People of Color Speaker Series is very excited to host a spoken word performance by Kai Davis as our first event of the semester. This event is FREE! Kai Davis is a writer and performer from Philadelphia. As a Queer Woman of Color, much of her work deals with the topics of race, gender, and sexuality and its many intersections. For more information.

Presented by the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College and cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of Faculty

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StartSmart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Oct. 12, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dwight 101

Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 79 percent of what white men are paid, a gap of 21 percent — and it’s even worse for women of color.

This workshop will empower you with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, you'll gain valuable skills you can use throughout your life — well beyond your next negotiation. Register in LyonNet.

Alumna Advisor for the Day: Brenda Hernandez '04 JD

Sep. 23, 2016 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
Career Development Center

Join rights advocate and MHC Alumna Brenda Hernandez '04 at the Career Development Center for an individual advising appointment where you can discuss your interests and learn from her experiences. Submit your request for an appointment in LyonNet.

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Francis Perkins: Fire and Ice, a new film in production

Apr. 26, 2016 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke Art Museum - accessible to all

Please Join President Lynn Pasquerella at a screening of never-before-seen footage of secretary of labor Francis Perkins '02 and a discussion with filmmaker Mick Caouette.  American Public Television will broadcast the film on PBS stations nationwide. RSVP by April 20. Parking is available on Lower Lake Road

Next Generation Social Science

Apr. 12, 2016 4:10 pm – 5:30 pm

Trillions of data points being generated in real time and exponentially increasing computational power offer unprecedented opportunities for the social sciences. The social sciences are at the advent of a revolution. Hard scientists, the government, and businesses already use these computational and data resources to explore society; conventional social scientists need to engage as well. The Challenge is to not let Next Generation Social Science be First Generation Social Science.

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Japan's Gendered Robots: Robo-Sexism and Retro-Tech by Professor Jennifer Robertson, Professor of Anthropology, University of Michigan

Apr. 8, 2016 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Shattuck Room 116

Why are robots gendered? The process of gendering robots (and also AI itself) is largely based on self-evident and unexamined preconceptions of the "naturalness" of human gender. Professor Robertson will explore and interrogate the gendering of robots (and AI) manufactured today in Japan for employment in homes, hospitals, and offices. Open to the public, Japanese snacks provided.

New Data Science Nexus Info Session

Feb. 25, 2016 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Clapp 203

Are you interested in Data Science? the new nexus in Data Science could be the perfect sidekick to your major. Come learn all about it in our first info session this Thursday! Pizza will be served. Read Data Scientist, the sexiest job of the 21st Century. Cross-departmental Data Science Program at MHC.

A shared language: Memoir, Feminism and Queer Cuentos

Feb. 11, 2016 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Gamble Auditorium

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. She has written for the Atlantic, ColorLines, the New York Times, and NPR's All Things Considered and CodeSwitch, and her essays have been published in the Bellingham Review, Dogwood, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, and Hunger Mountain. She teaches creative writing at Miami University in Ohio.
Presented by the Weissman Center for Leadership & the Journalism, Media, and Public Discourse Nexus, Co-sponsored by Familia, Femmepowered, OUTreach & English at MHC

The True Story of "Women's Empowerment" in Japan

Dec. 10, 2015 5:00 pm
Seely 106, Smith College

Unexpected Consequences of Work and Family Policies

Professor Keiko Hirao is a sociologist specializing in the intersections among family, education and work. Her main research interests include gender stratification, intergenerational relations, human capital development, and sustainable lifestyles. She joined the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in 2009, after having taught at the Department of Philosophical Anthropology for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University.

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