Over the course of the academic year the Radcliffe Institute partners with units across Harvard University to sponsor or highlight a series of programs related to the spring gender conference. These associated events expand on conference themes or explore others that we may not address during the April program. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.

This is a current list of events associated with the “Game Changers: Sports, Gender, and Society” conference, taking place at Radcliffe on April 6 and 7, 2017.


6 p.m.
Sit’N Listen Podcast: Sports and Gender
Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Special Exhibition Gallery, Science Center 251

Men and women have been competing in separate athletic events since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. But why? What biological differences affect the way men and women play sports? And what impact does all of this have on athletics and on our broader culture? Panelists discussed these topics and more at a live recording of Sit’N Listen, a podcast from Harvard’s Science in the News. The podcast was produced in a collaboration between Science in the News and Academic Ventures of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, in conjunction with CHSI special exhibition, Radio Contact: Tuning in to Politics, Technology, & Culture.

The podcast is available here.


3 p.m.
"Hits and Misses: Sports Marketing, Gender, and Society"
Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute

Sports permeate our society. From the inspiring to the infuriating, athletes and teams have a broad reach. This conversation of experts from business, journalism, and academia looks at the extent of such influence and illuminate the connections among sports, marketing, and gender. Speakers consider how gender affects the ways athletes are represented and how sports are promoted through data analysis, advertising campaigns, and the media.


  • Jessica C. Gelman ’97, MBA '02, chief executive officer, KAGR (Kraft Analytics Group)
  • Daniel Peterson ’02, resident scholar in journalism, Lowell House, Harvard University; director of content, AdmitHub; and former editor, ESPN Boston
  • Shira Springer ’97, columnist on women's sports, Boston Globe; contributor on sports and society, NPR and WBUR

Janet Rich-Edwards ’84, SD ’95, codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute; associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


*Open only to Harvard undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows*
Student Lunch: Sports and Gender at Harvard

Part of the Academic Ventures student lunch series, this lunch provided an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to sports and gender at Harvard. The lunch and discussion were hosted by Raegan Nizdil, Harvard College ’17 and varsity track & field athlete, and Ruby Emberling, Harvard College ’17 and varsity lightweight crew athlete.


6:15 p.m. (Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.)
"Sex Differences in Sports Injuries"
Zinner Breakout Room, Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, 70 Francis St., Boston

Co-sponsored by Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute and the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), this panel discussion addressed sex differences in sports injuries. Panelists discussed their work in three main areas: the Female Athlete Triad, ACL injuries, and concussions.


  • Cheri Blauwet, Attending Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Assistant Professor in Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School

The Female Athlete Triad is a medical condition that affects young and active females, and can have serious consequences on bone health. Dr. Blauwet discussed the causes and consequences of the female athlete triad and how best to prevent and maximize bone health for the lifespan.

  • Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director, Women’s Musculoskeletal Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

ACL Injuries are increasing at a rapid rate among young athletes. Females are 3-8x more likely to sustain an ACL injury when compared to their male counterparts. Dr. Matzkin discussed the sex differences that lead to increased risk, treatment outcomes, and injury prevention programs. 

  • Alexander Lin, Director of the Center for Clinical Spectroscopy, Department of Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

While research on the long-term effects of sports-related head injury is on the rise, most of it focuses on male athletes and the effects on female athletes are largely unexplored. Dr. Lin discussed what we are beginning to learn about gender differences in sports-related brain injury with a particular focus on the use of cutting-edge neuroimaging technologies to characterize these differences.

Moderated by Janet Rich-Edwards, Co-Director of the Science Program at the Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


7–8:30 p.m.
Meet the Author! Ileana Riverón. Book Discussion and Signing on Healthy and Lean
COOP 3rd Floor (1400 Massachusetts Avenue)

The Harvard Coop Author Series, co-sponsored by Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Ileana Riverón is a current senior at Harvard College studying Economics and Spanish who became passionate about nutritional education during her years as a professional ballerina. While dancing with London's Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet, she witnessed the far-reaching effects of the ballet community’s ongoing struggle with body dissatisfaction and eating disorders and determined to effect positive change. Honored as a Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow in 2015, Ileana has given talks and deepened the academic literature on this topic with guidance from faculty members of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the National Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy and Action.  Healthy and Lean is her first book, co-authored with her mother, Dr. Heidi Wohlrabe, a psychiatrist and eating disorders specialist.
About The Book: Dr. Heidi Wohlrabe and Ileana Riverón blow the whistle on the $60 billion weight loss industry and expose dieting as the gateway drug that can lead to every form of disordered eating. Using wit and humor to make complex topics easy to digest, they deliver scientific evidence to dispel myths about exercise and dieting, secrets to gaining a faster metabolism, pathways to recovery from obesity, eating disorders and body dissatisfaction, and psychological tools necessary for sustained success. Healthy and Lean empowers readers with a research-based understanding of nutritional science so that they can escape fad diets and become happy, healthy, and lean for life.


4–6 p.m.
"Game Changers: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon"
Radcliffe Room, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute

Participants gathered on March 30, 2017 to write women athletes into Wikipedia. Entries about women are underrepresented in Wikipedia, the world’s largest online source of information. Attendees wrote new entries about women athletes and women’s sports, supplemented current entries, and began to address the imbalance.

For additional information, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Game_changers


Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Playing Fair? Title IX at 45
First Floor, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute

Over the past four decades, the phrase "Title IX" has become practically synonymous with women's sports. The events leading up to Title IX's passage in 1972, and the struggle ever since to figure out how to implement the law fairly, demonstrate how athletics became part of the broader political and cultural struggles of contemporary American life. The history of Title IX also confirms the difficulties—and the rewards—of putting abstract principles like equal opportunity and gender equity into concrete, everyday practice. Do women and girls enjoy more equitable access to sports than they did forty-five years ago? Absolutely. Have they reached athletic parity with men? Definitely not.

The key provision of Title IX is only thirty-seven words long but from the start it sparked high expectations as well as conflict and ambiguity, all of which continue to this day. Legislators originally conceived the law as a general tool to combat sex discrimination in educational institutions, but failed to grasp its potentially revolutionary impact on athletics. Over the years Title IX has continued to evolve. Today it is an effective but often controversial tool on campus for mobilizing against sexual harassment and violence against women, another outcome not anticipated by its original sponsors. Title IX has been in effect for forty-five years, a period of enormous change in women’s (and men’s) lives, on and off the playing field. The women’s sports revolution is here to stay, but gender equity in education and society in general is still incomplete. Title IX remains an important tool in the ongoing struggle.


7–8:30 p.m. (Reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.)
"Sports and Sexual Violence: A Community Discussion"
Lowell House Junior Common Room (10 Holyoke Place, Cambridge MA)

From Baylor University to University of Minnesota to the Ivy League, 2016 saw a number of high profile gender violence and sex discrimination cases involving athletes. Are sports part of the problem? Can sports be part of the solution? What role should athletes, coaches, schools, athletic departments, and the NCAA play? A panel of athletes, sports industry representatives, legal experts, and activists addressed these questions and others, as well as offering their reflections on how we all can contribute to creating a culture of sexual respect among athletes and the whole community.


  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Founder and CEO of Champion Women, four-time Olympic medalist, and Title IX lawyer
  • Craig Adams, Former NHL and Harvard ice hockey athlete
  • Pat Henry, Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Harvard University
  • Pierce O’Donnell, Harvard College rugby athlete, Class of 2020
  • Moderated by Diane Rosenfeld, Lecturer on Law and Founding Director of the Gender Violence Program, Harvard Law School

Co-sponsored by Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School.

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

3 p.m.
Tour of TEAMMATES: Voices from Title IX
The Sports Museum, TD Garden
Academic Ventures invites Harvard students to attend a private tour of the TEAMMATES: Voices from Title IX exhibition, on display at the Sports Museum of TD Garden, on Monday, April 10, 3–4:15 p.m. Find more information about the exhibition here and about the museum here.


6:30–8:30 p.m.
"Healthy at Harvard: A Dinner Discussion on Food Choice and Body Image"
Dunster House Private Dining Hall

Interested in discussing topics related to food choice, body image, nutrition, athletics, gender, and beyond? Want to hear from a former Harvard student and varsity athlete on his work spanning nutrition, food labeling, and obesity prevention? Excited to do both over a custom-made dinner with a small group of fellow Dunster residents? We invite Dunster residents to join us for a Healthy at Harvard pop-up dinner, facilitated by Mike Seward and co-sponsored by Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Food Literacy Project.


7 p.m.
Boston Breakers versus Seattle Reign FC
Jordan Field, Harvard Stadium

Students are invited to enter a lottery to win free tickets to watch Boston’s professional women’s soccer team, the Boston Breakers, take on the Seattle Reign FC at Harvard Stadium’s Jordan Field.

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

7–8:30 p.m.
"Title IX Over Time"
Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Title IX, the Radcliffe Institute and Boston’s NPR Station, WBUR, will host a conversation about the impact of Title IX, as well as the work that remains when it comes to equality and sports.


  • Maura Healey ’92, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and former college and professional basketball player
  • Angela Ruggiero ’06, MBA ’14, member, International Olympic Committee and Olympic ice hockey gold medalist
  • Moderated by Shira Springer ’97, columnist on women’s sports, Boston Globe, and contributor on sports and society, NPR and WBUR