Who Decides? | Policy and Access to Care: Gender Gaps and Opportunities in the United States

April 11, 2014
Who Decides? panel, Policy and Access to Care: Gender Gaps and Opportunities in the United States

Moderated by Paula Johnson, Ruth Katz, Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Julie Rovner discuss the implications of the Affordable Care Act for women's and men's health, including gendered issues of health care access and policy and questions of insurance and coverage.

Janet Rich-Edwards provides closing remarks.

Eve Ensler | Introduction to In the Body of the World

April 10, 2014
Eve Ensler reads from the introduction of her book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection

Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler opens the Radcliffe Institute conference titled "Who Decides? Gender, Medicine, and the Public's Health." In this excerpt, she describes being diagnosed with cancer and reads from the introduction of her book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection (2013). Ensler is a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute.

Mary C. Brinton | Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

April 9, 2014
Mary C. Brinton explores why fertility has dropped to very low levels in some postindustrial societies and not others.

In this lecture, Mary C. Brinton explores why fertility has dropped to very low levels in some postindustrial societies and not others. Using original in-depth interviews of young men and women in Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, Brinton examines how the incomplete gender-role revolution hinders family formation in the postindustrial context.

Lydia R. Diamond | Smart People

April 3, 2014
Lydia Diamond

Smart People, by playwright Lydia R. Diamond, opens at the Huntington Theater in May 2014. Lydia completed Smart People while a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute—here, you can hear how spending a year with scientists and experts from a range of disciplines influenced her work.

Huda Zurayk | What Tomorrow? A Day in the Life of an Arab Woman

March 27, 2014

Building on her research experience, Huda Zurayk analyzes how Arab women are managing to cope with their lives, their health, and the survival of their families in the midst of uncertainty, conflict, and resilience. Her research—and its translation to policy and practice—contributes to interventions that use multiple strategies to reach women of varied experiences whose overwhelming daily question is: What tomorrow?

Huda Zurayk is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the American University of Beirut.

Mei Zhen | Decoding the Motor System

March 26, 2014
Mei Zhen explores how each neuron contribute to motor patterns.

How do animals generate distinct patterns of movement? Mei Zhen explores how each neuron—and its connection with other cells—contributes to each motor pattern through the reconstruction of a developing animal's nervous system.

Linda Gordon | Visual Democracy: The Photography of Dorothea Lange

March 12, 2014
Linda Gordon discusses the photography of Dorothea Lange

In 1935 Dorothea Lange was hired by the New Deal administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to document the impact of the depression on America's farms. But she soon went far beyond her assignment to challenge, visually, the limits of New Deal politics. In this lecture/presentation, Linda Gordon uses many of Lange's images to examine how she explored what documentary photography could do.

Rosalind W. Picard | Your Future Smart Wristband

March 11, 2014
MIT professor Rosalind W. Picard discusses the future of smart wristbands.

Wrist sensors can now collect some of the core physiological data that change with emotion and health. In this talk, Rosalind W. Picard presents examples of new things we can learn from a wristband, including interesting patterns related to sleep, stress, engagement, and epileptic seizures.

Rosalind W. Picard is a professor of media arts and sciences, the director of the Affective Computing Research Group, a codirector of the Autism & Communication Technology Initiative, and a codirector of the Things That Think Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Miguel Syjuco | I Was the President's Mistress!!—a Novel About Sex, Power, and Corruption in the Third World

March 5, 2014
Miguel Syjuco presents on his latest work, I Was the President's Mistress!!—a Novel  About Sex, Power, and Corruption in the Third World

Using a female protagonist's colorful rise to the top of a fictional society based on his home country of the Philippines, Miguel Syjuco examines different facets of power and how they comingle, conflict, and contradict.

Judy Chicago and Jane Gerhard | Art Education and Popular Feminism

March 4, 2014
Nancy Cott, Jane Gerhard, and Judy Chicago discuss art education and popular feminism

View a lively discussion between the pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, the historian Jane Gerhard, and the Harvard historian and Schlesinger Library director Nancy F. Cott, on feminist space, The Dinner Party controversy, a critique of studio art education, and more.

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