Fall 2012 Social Justice Policy Practitioner-in-Residence Events

Kim Gandy is currently vice president and general counsel of the Feminist Majority Foundation and served as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) from 2001 to 2009. During her presidency, she led NOW's campaigns on issues ranging from Supreme Court nominations to the rights of women and caregivers, and from Social Security reform to ending the war in Iraq. Gandy also led NOW's 40th anniversary celebration, was a lead organizer for the March for Women's Lives in 2004, created NOW's Campus Action Network, fought to expand equal marriage rights and benefits for same-sex couples, and worked to improve the portrayal of women and girls in advertising and the media. In the legislative arena, Gandy helped draft two groundbreaking federal laws: the Civil Rights Act of 1991, which gave women the right to a jury trial in sex discrimination and harassment cases; and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. Gandy has a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and received her law degree from Loyola University in 1978.

The Social Justice Policy Practitioner-in-Residence program gives Five College students and faculty unique opportunities to engage with and learn from individuals who have hands-on policymaking experience. By offering occasions to interact with those who have chosen lives of service, the residency program will help students imagine careers of their own that might advance the common good.

Kim Gandy is the fall 2012 Five College Social Justice Practitioner-in-Residence. During Gandy’s residency from October 21 through November 3, 2012, she will participate in the following events, which are meant to educate and inspire the Five College community.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE CLASS VISIT

date | Monday, October 22, 2012
time | 1:10 to 2:30 p.m.
location | Green Annex 201, Smith College

description | This course explores reproductive justice in the U.S. and the influence of U.S. policy globally, addressing issues of law, policy, theory and activism. A central framework for analysis is how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality shape women's ability to control their reproduction. Gandy will speak about reproductive rights.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Carrie Baker.

BUILDING HOPE: FIGHTING REPRODUCTIVE INJUSTICE WHEN OUR CANDIDATES WON’T

date | Monday, October 22, 2012
time | 4 to 6 p.m.
location | East Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College

description | This panel discussion will explore current issues in reproductive politics, including gender and U.S. foreign policy; organizing by the political right; environmental toxins the the workplace; civil liberties; and immigration enforcement. After the panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to join break-out sessions for discussions facilitated by local community groups.

Panelists include Kim Gandy; Malika Redmond, lead gender researcher with Political Research Associates Turner Willman, Smith College senior double-majoring in environmental science and policy and study of women and gender; and Falguni Sheth, associate professor of philosophy and political theory at Hampshire College.

PUBLIC LECTURE: FEMINIZATION OF POWER: RUNNING, WINNING AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR AMERICAN POLITICS

date | Tuesday, October 23, 2012
time | 4:30 to 6 p.m.
location | Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College

description | Regardless of party, elected women tend to vote differently from their male counterparts, particularly on so-called "women's issues." But after decades of steadily rising, the percentage of women in office seems to have stalled. How can young women prepare themselves to run for public office, and what are the barriers to success? How will social issues play out in the November elections, and will they work to the benefit of women candidates?

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE CLASS VISIT

date | Wednesday, October 24, 2012
time | 1:10 to 2:30 p.m.
location | Green Annex 201, Smith College

description | This course explores reproductive justice in the U.S. and the influence of U.S. policy globally, addressing issues of law, policy, theory and activism. A central framework for analysis is how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality shape women's ability to control their reproduction. Gandy will speak about reproductive rights.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Carrie Baker.

EDUCATING WOMEN: A PANEL DISCUSSION

date | Wednesday, October 24, 2012
time | 7 to 9 p.m.
location | Seelye 106, Smith College

description | Panelists Gandy, Carrie Baker and Chris Shelton will speak about Title IX, the legislation passed in 1972 that banned gender discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. This panel, held during Professor Susan Bourque's Educating Women class, will look specifically at athletics, single-sex education and sexual harassment.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Susan Bourque.

THE POLITICS OF WEALTH AND POVERTY IN THE U.S. CLASS VISIT

date | Thursday, October 25, 2012
time | 10:30 to 11:50 a.m.
location | Seelye 208, Smith College

description | This course examines changing patterns of wealth and income inequality in the U.S. We will explore how these inequalities have developed over time and various responses to them, both at the level of public policy, and at the level of popular activism and/or social mobilizations. We'll pay particular attention to the ways gender, race, sexuality, and ethnic differences interact in the structuring of social and political, as well as economic, inequalities.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Martha Ackelsberg.

GENDER, LAW AND POLICY CLASS VISIT

date | Friday, October 26, 2012
time | 9 to 10:20 a.m.
location | Seelye 201, Smith College

description | This course explores the legal status of women in the United States historically and today, focusing in the areas of employment, education, sexuality, reproduction, the family, and violence.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Carrie Baker.

MAKING CONNECTIONS: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

date | Saturday, October 27, 2012
time | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
location | Seelye Hall, Smith College

description | In this symposium, Smith College alumnae who have pursued careers in social justice will join Gandy to explore connections between violence against women and reproductive justice. The symposium will provide opportunities for students to meet and network with Smith alumnae working on these important issues.

more details | For more information, click here. To register for the symposium, including a complimentary luncheon, please email swg@smith.edu.

SPEAKING UP AS AN ACTIVIST: FEMINISM ACTIVISM WORKSHOP

date | Monday, October 29, 2012
time | 4:15 p.m.
location | Center for Community Collaboration, Lower Level of Wright Hall, Smith College

description | In this workshop, Gandy will explore with students ways to become an activist.

more details | Dinner will be served. Students interested in participating must sign up in advance through Jennifer Matos.

WOMEN AND THE LAW CLASS VISIT

date | Tuesday, October 30, 2012
time | 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
location | 212 Herter Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst

description | Law has been an important site of dramatic changes in gender and women's experiences in the United States. This course examines how the legal order has shaped women's lives, and how efforts to achieve gender equality have mobilized the law. We will explore intellectual and political debates on women, gender and the law by focusing on legal theories, concepts of gender and equality, and policy.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Diana Yoon..

WHO DISSED THE WOMEN'S TREATY (AND WHY WE SHOULD CARE): A GLOBAL SALON ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S RIGHTS

date | Tuesday, October 30, 2012
time | 4:15 p.m.
location | Global Studies Center, Main Level of Wright Hall, Smith College

description | The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a United Nations treaty ratified by every country in the world except Iran, Somalia, Sudan, and two small Pacific island nations named Palau and Tonga. ... And the United States of America. Come find out why.

NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT CLASS VISIT

date | Wednesday, October 31, 2012
time | 12:20 to 2:50 p.m.
location | Gordon Hall 302-304, University of Massachusetts Amherst

description | This course helps prepare students for careers in the nonprofit sector. It covers management topics related to human resources, finances and mission.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Brenda Bushouse.

WOMEN AND POLITICS CLASS VISIT

date | Wednesday, October 31, 2012
time | 5:45 to 7 p.m.
location | Machmer W-26, University of Massachusetts Amherst

description | From the women's suffrage movement to women's current involvement in political campaigns and the challenges women still face as political candidates, this course examines women's political incorporation in the United States primarily, but not exclusively, with respect to electoral politics.

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Maryann Barakso.

GENDER AND DIFFERENCE: CRITICAL ANALYSES CLASS VISIT

date | Thursday, November 1, 2012
time | 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
location | Bartlett 202, University of Massachusetts Amherst

description | This course introduces students to the basic concepts in the field of women, gender and sexuality studies, and asks fundamental questions about the world and our lives, including: What does it mean to be a woman? How is the category "woman" constructed differently across social groups, cultures and historical periods? Are there common experiences and essential characteristics that define all women? How do the differences among women according to race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nationality complicate our commonalities? How do we analyze women's multiple identities and social positions? How can an understanding of women's lives empower us to act as agents of personal and social change?

more details | If you would like to sit in on this class, please contact Professor Banu Subramaniam.


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