SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
12 p.m. (EST)
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.
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.
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!
(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).
Friday, April 17
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.