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This seminar is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of women in their historical and social contexts, as well as feminist historiography. Among the topics the seminar considers are the status and function of women historically; cross-cultural and sociological perspectives on women; representations of women in literature, media, and the arts; women and ethics; and feminist theories of class, race, and sexuality.

Professor Maria DeLongoria

Professor Emily Sohmer Tai

Alma Igra

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.

Meeting Schedule

09/23/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Siasa na Jamii: Civic Engagement among Secondary School Students in Tanzania
Sharon L. Bethea, Northeastern Illinois University


Civic engagement is an important developmental task for youth as they transition into adulthood. Building on the youth civic literature, we explored Tanzanian secondary school students’ identification of pressing concerns in their daily lives and the strategies they believe are needed to improve the wellbeing of the communities in which they belong. A total of 61 students participated in one of 10 focus groups in the Dar es Salaam and Pwani regions of Tanzania. Findings from thematic analysis suggest that youth identified eight interlocking pressing concerns: Corruption/Misuse of Resources, Poverty and Unemployment, Limited Resources, Gender-based Violence and Discrimination, Bias and Conflict, Diminished School and Learning Environment, Diminished Quality of Life and Future Potential, and Safety, Health and Well-being. Youth proffered a number of solutions including providing employment opportunities, building safe schools, educating citizens about their rights and future leaders about ethics. Youth were involved in a number of activities to improve their communities or “civic engagement” including educating their friends about issues and serving in leadership roles.

Respondent: Maria DeLongoria, Medgar Evers College, CUNY

10/21/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
What is Violence When Prostitution is Decriminalized?
Jill McCracken, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

Respondent: Samantha Majic, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

11/18/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
"We Don't Talk About That": Challenging Community Silence
Maria DeLongoria, Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Respondent: Dionne Bennett, New York City Institute of Technology, CUNY

12/13/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Æthelflæd in her annals
Courtnay Konshuh, University of Calgary (Canada)

Respondent: Jay Paul Gates, John Jay College, CUNY

01/27/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Rethinking Medieval Women’s Roles and Activities in Lawsuits and Contracts in the Comtat Venaissin, 1485-1495
Elizabeth Hardman, Bronx Community College, CUNY

Respondent: Emily Sohmer Tai, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

02/24/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM


03/30/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM


04/27/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM