Nov. 6, 1997
Vol. 17, No. 4

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    'Gendering Race/Racing Gender'

    Discussing the roles of race, gender, advocacy in social science An interdisciplinary exploration of race and gender as categories of social analysis will be the focus of "Gendering Race/Racing Gender," the Social Science Dean's Symposium to be held on Friday, Nov. 7, in Judd 126.

    From 9 a.m. to noon, a panel of University faculty members will share recent insights on gender, sexuality and race and discuss the purposes and possibilities of centers devoted to the study of race and gender.

    Moderated by James Bowman, Professor Emeritus in Pathology and Medicine, the panel will include Michael Dawson, Professor in Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture; Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Professor in the Law School, the Divinity School and Philosophy; Provost Geoffrey Stone, the Harry Kalven Jr. Distinguished Service Professor in the Law School; Robert Townsend, the Charles E. Merriam Professor in Economics; and Leora Auslander, Associate Professor in History and Director of the Center for Gender Studies.

    The afternoon session, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., will explore such questions as: What does it mean to do social science with the goal of improving society rather than simply understanding it or deriving satisfaction from knowledge gained? How does such advocacy shape definitions of "science"?

    The session will be moderated by Susan Stokes, Associate Professor in Political Science. Two papers will be presented: Gwendolyn Mink, professor of politics at University of California at Santa Cruz, will present "White Feminism, Liberal Racism and Welfare Reform," with a response by Lynn Sanders, Assistant Professor in Political Science. George Sanchez, associate professor in history at the University of Southern California, will present "Foreign and Female: Understanding the Racialization of Latina and Asian Immigrant Women," with a response by Thomas Holt, the James Westfall Thompson Professor in History.

    The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 702-8799.