The Women and Gender Studies Program presents a Webinar Lecture Series for Women's History Month featuring feminist authors and scholars in the areas of fiction writing, history, and social justice. The Lecture Series also includes the Diana E. Long Keynote Address given by USM WGS faculty member, Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn. Dr. Shattuck-Heidorn’s talk will explore the intersections of feminism and science, focusing on gender, sex differences, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Rachel Walker: “Reading the Gendered Body in Early America.”
As both a scholar and a teacher, Dr. Walker specializes in the history of gender, race, and popular science in early America. She is currently working on her first book project, which uncovers the history of physiognomy: a once-popular but now-discredited science, rooted in the idea that people’s facial beauty reveals their moral and mental character. Her book, Beauty and the Brain: The Science of the Mind in Early America, is slated to come out with the University of Chicago Press Fall 2022. Her recent work has been published in Early American Studies, and her most recent fellowship is a long-term National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, co-sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society.
THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Diana Clarke: “Antiheroines and Nondamsels: On Writing Women Who Behave Badly.”
Diana Clarke, a New Zealander, holds an MFA from Purdue University, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Utah. She made her literary debut with the bestselling novel, Thin Girls. Her second novel, The Hop, is forthcoming from Harper Collins in June, 2022. She is currently the Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., The Diana E. Long Lecture
Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn: “Gender and Sex Differences in Human Health: Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The Diana E. Long Lecture: Diana E. Long (1938-2017), Professor Emerita of History at the University of Southern Maine, served as Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program from 1989 to 1995. She taught History and Gender Studies at USM until her retirement in 2008. Diana Long’s path breaking research in gender and science helped pioneer the application of feminist analysis to the history of medicine. In 2018, in an effort to honor and remember her, her colleagues in Women and Gender Studies at USM created an award in her name and an annual lecture on women and science.
About Dr. Heather Shattuck-Heidorn: Heather Shattuck-Heidorn is a biological anthropologist who works at the intersections of public health, gender theory, and human biology, and is an assistant professor of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine and an assistant director of the Harvard GenderSci Lab.
She uses gender theory to motivate hypothesis-based research examining how our social lives become embodied, reflected in our hormones, immune function, and other biology. Current projects include investigations of how gender relates to stress and immune function and an ongoing project examining gender/sex inequities in COVID-19 outcomes.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2022 - 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Kristen Kolenz: “Decolonial and Transnational Feminisms in the Caribbean and Latin America.”
Kristen Kolenz, Ph.D., is the Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University. Dr. Kolenz earned her MA and PhD in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on resistance to state violence, Central American social movements, migration, and the transformative potential of everyday practices through the lens of decolonial and transnational feminisms. Dr. Kolenz's current research bridges the fields of Latin American and Latinx Studies, bringing together research conducted in Guatemala, the Sonoran Desert, and immigrant justice movements in the US. Her goal is to document the transformative possibilities that emerge from Central Americans’ everyday practices of coping with loss, distance, and violence and to theorize transnational belonging in resistance to white supremacy.