Video of WCW Scholars & Special Presentations

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YouTubeOption1Scholars from the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) occasionally provide video interviews and commentary about their work and expertise. View recent selections on the WCW YouTube channel.


The Centers also occasionally hosts special events allowing WCW scholars and colleagues to share their expertise and perspectives on various topics pertaining to current events, policy work, and social science research. Recordings of some past events and seminars are available as video files via the links below.

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In April of 1979, a sixteen year-old boy, was tried as an adult and convicted of killing a professor in New Orleans, LA. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and sent to Angola, the bloodiest prison in the country, to live out his days. Twelve years later his conviction was overturned due to prosecution misconduct. In this recording of the April 6, 2017 lunchtime seminar, “Fighting Time: Exploring the Social Impact of Wrongful Conviction,” Amy Banks, M.D. discusses her personal connection to this case.

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In this recording from the March 23, 2017 Grace K. Baruch Memorial Lecture, Catia C. Confortini, Ph.D. discusses the lessons she has learned from breast cancer advocates in Nigeria and how their work can inform global health and peace.



In a recent study, WCW scholars Sumru Erkut, Ph.D. and Ineke Ceder discovered that women and people of color face bias from selection committees on the pathway to leadership in non-profit theaters. In this video, Ceder offers an overview of their findings as well as some suggestions Erkut and Ceder have for theaters that are looking to change.

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In this video, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., principal investigator of the Media & Identity Study, reviews the findings related to cyber harassment, which focused on cyber rumor spreading and being mean or rude to others online, and the implications for those findings.

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In this video, Wellesley College student Huiying Bernice Chan, who has been a student research intern with the Media and Identity Study for three years, reviews the Study's social media findings related to young women of color and the implications of those findings.


In this video, Dr. Linda Charmaraman is joined by Wellesley College student research interns Huiying Bernice Chan and Budnampet Ramanudom to discuss why social science research with a focus on diverse groups is needed, and why the Media & Identity Project matters.

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April Pattavina, Ph.D. and Linda Williams, Ph.D. work with police, prosecutors, victim advocates, agencies, and victims themselves to research sexual assault case processing. In this video, they explain why their collaborative research style is needed to understand the complexities of justice systems and gender based violence.


In this video, Amy Banks, M.D., talks about social pain and how people respond to it in the same way as they do physical pain.

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Georgia Hall, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), discusses the After School Gets Moving Program in this video series. After School Gets Moving is a randomized control trial study of the impacts of a professional development resource for out-of-school time program staff on children’s pedometer step counts in a national sample of out-of-school time programs. In this series, Hall gives details about the program, its goals, conclusions found at this point in the study, and future goals for the project.

Open Circle at the Edward Everett Elementary School: Sarah Trantina

Sarah Trantina, kindergarten teacher at the Edward Everett Elementary School in Boston, MA, discusses how the Open Circle program works in the school.

Open Circle at the Edward Everett Elementary School: Nicole Mack

Nicole Mack, former principal at the Edward Everett Elementary School in Boston, MA, discusses how the Open Circle program works in the school.

Foundations of WCW

Nancy Marshall, Ed.D, senior research scientist and associate director at the Wellesley Centers for Women, gives us a glimpse into the core foundations and the work and research from the past 35 years here at the Centers in this presentation.


Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D., spoke at the Fourth Annual Jean Baker Miller Memorial Lecture on October 21, 2011. Her talk, "Fighting Like A Girl: How Girls Can and Do Make a Difference" focuses on public perceptions of girls' anger, the media's manipulation of young girls, and the response of young women today trying to combat sexism. Brown is a co-creator of the non-profit Hardy Girls, Healthy Women and author of the book Girlfighting: Betrayal and Rejection among Girls.


In this colloquium, Getting to the Truths About Race: Reflections on the politics of connecting in The Help, award-winning journalists Christina Robb and Callie Crossley and psychologist-scholar Maureen Walker, Ph.D. discussed The Help and relationships between African American and white women.

Michelle Porche

Michelle Porche, Ed.D., senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) discusses her research on childhood trauma and its effect on a student's learning and performance in school.

Peg Sawyer

In this video series, Peg Sawyer, B.S.Ed., trainer and coach with the Open Circle program, presents a brief overview of the field of social and emotional learning, and provides examples of literature that connect to key developmental skill areas.

Monica Driggers

In this video, Monica Ghosh Driggers, J.D., director of the Studies of Gender Policy in U.S. Jurisprudence at the Wellesley Centers for Women, discusses minority women's experience in the Massachusetts court system.

JBMTI Roundtable

In this video series, Amy Banks, M.D., Director of Advanced Training at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI), Judith Jordan, Ph.D., Director of the JBMTI, and Maureen Walker, Ph.D., Director of Program Development at the JBMTI discuss the some of the work of the Institute.

Ellen Gannett: ASQ

In this video, Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women, talks about the improvements NIOST has made to After-School Quality (ASQ).

Ellen Gannett: Afterschool Matters

In this video, Ellen Gannett, M.Ed., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women, talks about the Afterschool Matters (ASM) initiative, which is comprised of the Afterschool Matters Journal, fellowships, and grants for researchers who are working on out-of-school time and afterschool projects.

Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives

Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., is the director of Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives and leads studies that focus on preventing depression for children and adolescents who are living with a parent with depression. One study focuses on two target groups, children ages 8 -- 14, and children ages 13-17. In this video, Gladstone talks about why prevention programs are important and helpful, the findings from the study, and what steps parents with depression can take to help prevent depressive episodes with their children.

Critical Mass Project

In this video, Sumru Erkut, Ph.D., associate director and senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, talks about the Critical Mass Project.

Women in Sports

Laura Pappano, writer-in-residence for the Wellesley Centers for Women, discusses the barriers that women face when playing sports, and what individuals and communities can do to help generate even more change for women in sports.

Women's Review of Books

Amy Hoffman, MFA, editor-in-chief of Women's Review of Books, in this video series shares background history of the publication and explains why WRB remains a popular and needed publication. Hoffman discusses how works are selected for Women's Review of Books, the success of their blog, and some of her favorite books and authors.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Boston, MA
November 13, 2010

Anita Hill, Lynn Sherr, Luis Ubinas, Linda Wertheimer, and 400 guests helped the Wellesley Centers for Women celebrate 35 years of innovative research and action and honor Susan McGee Bailey for her 25 years of visionary leadership of the Centers.

WCW 35th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration DinnerJudge Nancy Gertner and actress-activist Tyne Daly, shared their inspiration and wit during the 35th Anniversary Kickoff celebration. Read more about the event.


Washington, DC
April 2, 2009
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Wellesley Centers for Women

Read more about the conference, panel descriptions and speaker bios. Panels topics include Women and the Economic Recovery; Aging; Child Care; Health Care; and a keynote address by Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor.


University Club, New York City, NY
November 20, 2008

This dynamic panel of journalists featured Lynn Sherr, moderator, Michelle Bernard, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, and Diane Sawyer, with welcoming remarks by Ellen Levine and Susan McGee Bailey

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The 2008 Leadership Dinner on May 1, 2008, held at the Museum of Science, Boston featured Pamela Ann Melroy (Colonel, USAF, RET.), NASA Astronaut.


This special program, part of the 2007-2008 Greater Boston Event Series, held March 20, 2008, featured panelists Susan McGee Bailey, Ph.D. Anita Hill, J.D. ,  Nan Stein, Ed.D. and moderator Janet Wu.