Rangita de Silva-de Alwis35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions Carolyn Elliott, Ph.D., Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, S.J.D., Haleh Esfandiari, Ph.D. Moderator: Susan McGee Bailey, Ph.D.

Lunchtime Seminar November 11, 2010 (57:13 min.)

In explaining the origins of organizations, existing scholarship has tended to overemphasize the role of the lone entrepreneur, and neglect the fact that many new organizations emerge from existing organizations.

November 18, 2010 (32:42 min.)
Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, S.J.D., Director of International Human Rights Policy Programs at the Wellesley Centers for Women, leads a unique project that brings together women leaders from countries governed by Muslim Law.

35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., Nan Stein, Ed.D., Laura Pappano
Moderator: Maureen Walker, Ph.D.
November 13, 2010

35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
Deborah Tolman, Ed.D., Linda Williams, Ph.D., Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D.
Moderator: Monica Driggers, J.D.
November 13, 2010

35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
Lynn Sherr, Judith Jordan, Ph.D., Susan McGee Bailey, Ph.D.
Moderator: Sylvia Ferrell-Jones, J.D.
November 13, 2010

35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
Laura Lein, Ph.D., Bridgid O' Farrell, Ellen Gannett, Ed.D., Sari Kerr, Ph.D.
Moderator: Nancy Marshall, Ed.D.
November 13, 2010

35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., Pamela Seigle, M.S., Georgia Hall, Ph.D.
Moderator: Carolyn Swift
November 13, 2010

35th Anniversary Symposium: Reflections, Conversations, New Directions
Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., Cynthia Garcia Coll, Ph.D., Anne Noonan, Ph.D.
Moderator: Maud Chaplin, Ph.D.
November 13, 2010

November 4, 2010 (39:27 min.)

In this presentation, Senior Research Scientist Nan Stein, Ed.D., will discuss three main points related to the use of the label “bullying” in schools: the term “bullying” is imprecise and vague, and used as a default, a crutch, and a place holder; there is no agreement on the definition of “bullying,” and neither state laws nor researchers can agree on a common definition; and claims of effectiveness of classroom interventions/curriculum on bullying reduction are often inflated, exaggerated, and self-serving, and should be met with skepticism.

October 28, 2010 (68:20 min.)

In order to enhance wellbeing, the desire for connection and community must be honored. In this talk, Judith Jordan, Ph.D., will explore the importance of growth-fostering relationships in people’s lives.

During this presentation, Georgia Hall, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women, investigated how youth experience the democratic ideals and skills that form the foundation of a debate program, and in what ways those experiences influence the youth’s understanding of, participation in, and consideration of democracy.

October 5, 2006  (45:28 min.)

The news is full of talk of the “boy crisis in education,” but what, exactly does this mean? Susan McGee Bailey, Ph.D., executive director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, and author of the 1992 report, How Schools Shortchange Girls, has been following the debate surrounding the education of boys and girls for more than 30 years.

Ellen Gannett, Ed.M., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time at the Wellesley Centers for Women, highlighted the findings of a national study of professional credentials in the field of afterschool education and youth work

November 16, 2006  (53:59 min.)

Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., senior research scientist and associate director at the Wellesley Centers for Women, presented findings from the Critical Mass Study.

February 22, 2007  (53:58 min.)

This talk suggested that chronic lack of appreciation leads to demoralizing feelings of humiliation. Using Relational-Cultural Theory as a fundamental framework, Linda Hartling, Ph.D., associate director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women, explored how this phenomenon—lack of appreciation—foments social pain through devaluation, demoralization, and disconnection.

March 29, 2007  (45:30 min.)

While the Right has benefited from a shared vision that unites its sectors and informs its messages, the progressive movement lacks such a unifying vision. Jean Hardisty, Ph.D., believes that there is a visionary treasure in the writings of past theorists, who have laid out beliefs behind a society grounded in social justice.

 October 11, 2007  (58:30 min.)

Title IX was passed 35 years ago, and many today view it as having “solved” the problem of gender inequality in sports. However, while Title IX was critical to opening athletic doors to girls and women, it opened sex-segregated doors. Title IX never demanded equality, and has ironically served to keep female athletes in second-class status.

February 28, 2008  (61:31 min.)

Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, LL.M., S.J.D., senior advisor on international programs at the Wellesley Centers for Women, examined the recent revisions to the Women's Law in China through the lenses of some exciting new developments in gender-based lawmaking in Asia, and explored to what degree human rights norms and transnational connections have informed those legal transformations and how much of this is translated into actual practice.

March 13, 2008  (70:02 min.)

Sally Engle Merry, Ph.D., senior scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), presented a paper that explores the process of translating human rights into the vernacular, arguing that as rights ideas travel and land, they do not stand alone but form assemblages of various kinds with other social movements.

In this talk, Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D., and Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellows at the Wellesley Centers for Women, discussed the importance of race for White adolescents and how it differs across school and class contexts.

October 23, 2008  (37:00 min.)

In this presentation, Lorraine Cordeiro, Ph.D., M.P.H., National Institutes of Child and Human Development (NICHD) postdoctoral research fellow, discusses her study investigating the association between dietary diversity and undernutrition among a sample of adolescents aged 10-19 years from Kilosa District, Tanzania.

December 4, 2008  (61:50 min.)

Michelle V. Porche, Ed.D., and Lisa Fortuna, M.D., presented their initial findings of a needs assessment of child and adolescent refugee mental health services in New Hampshire.

December 11, 2008  (48:05 min.)

Erin Seaton, Ed.D., is the 2005 recipient of a Stone Center Grant from the "Empowering Children for Life" Program. This program established in 2003 at the Wellesley Centers for Women supports research and evaluation that advances understanding of the role of relationships in fostering child and adolescent well being and healthy human development.

February 26, 2009  (60:01 min.)

Alice Frye, Ph.D., MPH , a WCW research scientist, presented her work on study and remediation of psychopathology among adolescents at risk. Researchers generally acknowledge that the development of depressive symptoms in adolescents is an important area of research focus, as adolescent depression is associated with an increased risk for depression across the life span. 

March 5, 2009  (69:01 min.)

In this presentation, Maureen Walker, Ph.D., Director of Program Development at JBMTI, discusses why noble intentions alone are insufficient to advance a social action agenda. Indeed, the hopes and aspirations on which social justice organizations are founded often dissipate under the weight of a power paradigm that normalizes relational constriction and hyper-control.

March 19, 2009  (59:31 min.)

In this seminar, Sally Engle Merry, Ph.D. discussed the use of statistical methods in understanding violence against women.

Depression, which often has its first onset in adolescence, is a common and impairing condition associated with difficulties in relationships, impaired school and work performance, and increased risk for substance abuse and suicide.

April 30, 2009  (61:04 min.)

Usually when right-wing researchers disseminate biased research posing as objective social science, mainstream and liberal opponents criticize the conclusions reached and the policies that flow from them.

October 29, 2009  (26:29 min.)

Lies about My Family is a memoir in progress about Amy Hoffman (M.F.A.)'s grandparents’ immigration in the early 20th century to the U.S. from Jewish villages in what are now Ukraine and Belarus.

November 5, 2009  (33:48 min.)

In this talk, Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, LL.M., S.J.D., will discuss her use of four innovative pilot projects launched in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, and Nepal as the lens to explore how the women’s rights and disability rights agendas intersect as a way to create a new paradigm based on a more holistic reading of the human rights framework.

November 12, 2009  (34:35 min.)

Ruth Harriet Jacobs, Ph.D., will give examples of older women in mentoring roles and discuss the impact these relationships can have on both older and younger women.

November 19, 2009 (54:21 min).

Nan Stein, Ed.D. discussed some key areas for research and public policy on gender-based violence and sexual harassment, including how to return the focus in U.S. schools to sexual violence and a discourse of civil rights and Katja Gillander Gadin, Ph.D., from the Department of Health Sciences at Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden, discussed the normalization processes of violence and sexual harassment in schools from a Swedish perspective, analyzing and reflecting on why these problems still exist in Swedish schools.

April 1, 2010 (48:58 min.)

Alice Frye, M.P.H., Ph.D. presents results from a survey of published articles showing the variety of ways that socioeconomic status is currently constructed in adolescent research, discuss strengths and weaknesses of the current approaches, and suggest possible alternatives.

March 25, 2010 (57:04 min.)

Erika Kates, Ph.D. discusses her work in directing the Massachusetts Women in Prison Coalition, which she initiated July 2009.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. discusses findings from a case study of an internship setting for urban teen girls in the Boston area called Teen Voices. In the study, Linda Charmaraman explored how working for an alternative teen magazine influenced adolescent girls’ identity development, including beliefs related to gender and family expectations, media stereotypes, and future success.

March 11, 2010  (59:16 min.)

Amy Banks, M.D. discusses how we change and grow by exploring the final common pathyway of change - the development of new neural pathways in our minds and bodies.

March 4, 2010  (58:02 min.)

Laura Pappano and Allison Tracy, Ph.D. discuss the results of their studies of ticket prices at 292 Division I institutions for the 2008-2009 season and the implications of disparities in ticket prices between men's and women's events.

October 21, 2010 (54:55 min.)

Middle school youth and their teachers are seldom the focus of research explaining the bridge between bullying and sexual violence.

October 14, 2010  (64:20 min.)

In this presentation, Jean Hardisty, Ph.D., will discuss the relationship between the provision of child care to welfare recipients and institutional racism, using Mississippi as a case study.

October 7, 2010  (50:30 min.)

In this presentation, Nidhiya Menon, Ph.D., will discuss a study of the “added worker effect,” examining how Nepal’s 1996-2006 civil war affected women’s decisions to engage in employment.

Sibling relationship quality has been connected to psychosocial and mental health outcomes in youth, including internalizing and externalizing difficulties, substance abuse, and poor peer relationships.

WCW Lunchtime Seminar Series

    • Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) scholars offer seminar and panel presentations during which they share their work with other scholars and the general public. The WCW Lunchtime Seminar Series, for example, offers residents and visitors to the Greater Boston area the opportunity to hear, in person, about work by WCW researchers and program staff. Other special events bring these researchers and program staff into communities for special presentations to the Centers' many constituents.

    • Recordings of some past lunchtime seminars and other special events may be heard by clicking on the links below. You may need to adjust the volume when playing an audio file on your computer.

    • Please note that data and background information cited in these presentations were current for the date of the presentation but should not necessarily be considered the most current research on the related issues today.

  • The Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar Series is made possible by support from The Cowles/Sulzberger Fund, an endowed gift to the Wellesley Centers for Women.

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