Mimi White

Mimi White

During my term, 1996-99, it was still the Program on Women’s Studies.  I was the first director recruited from outside the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.  The most prominent development during my term was the Program’s physical move, from the Women’s Center to Kresge, providing more space for both “women’s” spheres (program/center), and also making the Program and its activities more visible and accessible to the campus at large.

We maintained an active schedule of events with a quarterly faculty/graduate colloquium; guest speakers; and co-sponsorship of events organized by others.  Highlights of outside speakers include Sasha Torres, speaking on masculinity, race, and media; a lecture on “Women and Creativity” by Egyptian novelist and feminist theorist Nawal El Saadawi; a 3-lecture series “Caste as Women: Feminism and Indian Ways of Seeing” by Professor Vrinda Nabar; and a symposium on “Masculinity/Feminisms” with Professors Paul Smith and Gaylyn Studlar.