Lisa Downing - "On Selfish Women"

Zoom Webinar

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

12 p.m. (EST)

Book cover image featuring the text "Selfish Women" and "Lisa Downing." Book cover shows a woman clothed in a futuristic silver suit curved against the globe.

In this lecture, Lisa Downing will discuss the key themes of her book, Selfish Women. The book offers a provocative rejoinder to many dominant ideas in mainstream culture, as well as in much feminist thinking, about the ethical character of women and the female proclivity to care, to be for the other. 

Selfish Women
 asks why difficult, unpalatable — selfish — women are treated with such ambivalent fascination and demonization. Focusing on controversial and influential figures who have espoused philosophies and politics of selfishness, including Ayn Rand and Margaret Thatcher, it asks whether their ideas of self-interest might, counterintuitively and used against the grain, lend something valuable to feminist politics — and, more broadly, whether progressive politics might be missing a trick in rejecting the notion of "self-interest."


Register here: https://bit.ly/LisaDowningWebinar

Registrants will be sent the Zoom link prior to the event.


Image of Lisa Downing, a woman with blue eyes and black hair in a bob-style cut.

Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of cultural concepts, focusing especially on questions of exceptionality, difficulty, and (ab)normality. Recent books include: The Subject of Murder: Gender, Exceptionality, and the Modern Killer (2013); Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money’s Diagnostic Concepts (co-authored with Iain Morland and Nikki Sullivan, 2015); and After Foucault (as editor, 2018), as well as Selfish Women. Her next book project will be a short monograph-manifesto entitled Against Affect.

Event Postponed to Fall 2020

STEM + Gender Wikipedia Workshop

Women in STEM Logo.
Wikipedia Logo.

Join us for an exciting exploration of Wikipedia's representation of women in STEM fields!    In this workshop, we will learn about famous and overlooked women in STEM fields, learn about gender bias in Wikipedia entries, and learn how to correct current entries on women's important contribution to the sciences. 

No experience necessary, just bring your laptop or tablet! 

Wednesday, March 25

5 p.m. | Capen 240

(Due to construction, please go to Talbert Hall on Ground floor, take elevator/stairs to 2nd floor, go down hall and turn left)

Pizza and soda provided!

Learn how to: 

                 Set up a Wikipedia account
                 Edit existing pages
                 Use reliable sources and digital archives

Sponsored by the Gender Insitute and the Women in STEM Cooperative (WiSC).

UB Community Members editing Wikipedia.

UB Community Members edit Wikipedia in our Fall 2019 Wikipedia workshop, "History+Gender."

Event Postponed

Joli Jensen Public Scholars Program Lecture

"Expanding Your Audience: How to Tell Scholarly Stories to the Public"

Joli Jensen.

Joli Jensen is the Hazel Rogers Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Henneke Faculty Writing Program, University of Tulsa

Friday, April 17
9:30-11:00 a.m.
The Jeanette Martin Room (567 Capen)

This workshop is open to faculty and advanced graduate students. Learn more about adapting your research, writing for a broad audience, and the value of public scholarship. 

RSVP by April 10, 2020: http://bit.ly/JoliJensen

Light refreshments provided. 

Presented in collaboration with the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence.