Dr. Janet Jakobsen to speak during GWS Fall Lecture Series

Dr. Janet Jakobsen: “Sex and Suffrage: A Politics of Possibility”

Part of the University Forum Lecture Series: Appalachian Celebrates the 19th Amendment, 125 Years of Women's Suffrage

When: October 24, 2019, from 6-7 pm
Where: Belk Library Room 114 (map)

Janet R. Jakobsen is Chair and Claire Tow Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She served for fifteen years as Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), and she has also served as Barnard's Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development and Chair of the President's Committee on Online and On-Campus Learning. As Director of BCRW, Professor Jakobsen founded the webjournal, Scholar & Feminist Online (http://bcrw.barnard.edu/publication-sections/sf-online/), along with the New Feminist Solutions series of activist research projects with community-based organizations, such as the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Queers for Economic Justice, the New York Women’s Foundation, and A Better Balance: Work and Family Legal Center.

She is the author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics and with Ann Pellegrini she co-wrote Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance and co-edited Secularisms. With Elizabeth Castelli she co-edited Interventions: Academics and Activists Respond to Violence. Her current book project, "Why Sex?: Religion, Secularism and Possibilities for Justice," is forthcoming from New York University Press.

She is currently a Principal Investigator along with Elizabeth Bernsteain for the"Gender Justice and Neoliberal Transformations Working Group," a collaboration among thirteen scholars working transnationally on questions of gender justice in the contemporary world, which is sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is also a Project Director with Lila Abu-Lughod, Rema Hammami, and Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian of the "Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence" project at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference.

Professor Jakobsen has held fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Udall Center for Public Policy at the University of Arizona, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School. She has taught as a Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University and Harvard University. Before entering the academy, she was a policy analyst and organizer in Washington, D.C.

Professor Jakobsen’s talk, entitled “Sex and Suffrage: A Politics of Possibility,” will take place from 6-7pm in 114 Belk Library. For more information, contact: Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, Director of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies gws@appstate.edu

Appalachian State University’s Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program is an academic program housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appalachian’s Gender, Women’s, And Sexuality Studies program offers a GWS
B.A., an undergraduate and graduate GWS minor, an LGBT Studies minor, a Girls’ Studies minor, and a GWS graduate certificate.


About the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies

The Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies offers degrees in global studies, interdisciplinary studies, and gender, women’s and sexuality studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement in cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at https://cgg.appstate.edu.

About the University Forum Lecture Series

The University Forum Lecture Series brings nationally prominent speakers to campus. Their views enliven campus dialogue on a variety of issues. Past speakers have included activist Gloria Steinem, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, presidential historian Harold Holzer, CNN correspondent Peter Bergen and award-winning science journalist Carl Zimmer. Learn more at https://universityforum.appstate.edu.

About University College

Formed in 2007, University College consists of the university’s general education program, faculty and student support, and co-curricular programming and support – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom. All students at Appalachian begin their education in University College and benefit from its programs until they graduate. Learn more at https://universitycollege.appstate.edu.

About Appalachian State University

As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Dr. Janet Jakobsen
Published: Aug 28, 2019 4:12pm