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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

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Each year, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies presents the Adreéne Glover Freeman and Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters lectures.

Lecture Spotlights:

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2022 Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecturer: Aisha Durham  

Aisha Durham, Professor of Communications at University of South Florida, joined the Department of Women's and Gender Studies for the 2022 Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture on October 17, 2022.      

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2022 Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters Lecturer: Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data lab, presented the 2022 Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters lecture on March 31, 2022.


Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture

The Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture in African American Women’s Studies was established in 1993 in memory of Adrenée Glover Freeman, a Columbia attorney who was active in civic affairs and served on the Community Advisory Board of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Each year the lecture is given by a prominent African American woman. 

2022   Aisha Durham  [pdf]

2020   Sandra Rattley (view the lecture)

2019   Valerie Smith  [pdf]

2018    Ijeoma Oluo (view a clip)

2017    Courtney Bryan  [pdf]

2016    Anita F. Hill [pdf]

2015    Claudia Rankine [pdf]

2014     Cathy J. Cohen

2013     Nikky Finney

2012     Cynthia Hardy

2011     Anita F. Hill

2010     Yvonne Latty

2009     Tameika Isaac Devine

2008     Adia Harvey Wingfield and Dianne “Dinah” Johnson

2007     Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

2006     Portia Cobb

2005     Beverly Guy-Sheftall

2004     Barbara Ransby

2003     Leith Mullings

2002     Curtis Frye and championship team

2001     Carole Marks

2000     Faith Ringgold

1999     Thyvolia Glymph

1998     Adrienne Davis

1997     Sharon Harley

1996     Bonnie Thorton Dill

1995     Patricia Hill Collins

1994     Thadious Davis

1993     Freeman Lecture Established


Dr. Mary Baskin Waters Lecture

This annual lecture series, established in 2015,  is named in honor of benefactor, longtime community partner, and service learning advocate Dr. Mary Baskin Waters. Dr. Waters earned her B.A. in Art Studio from the University of South Carolina, as well as her master’s and Ph.D. She is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and in the Department of Political Science. 

During this series, we take a closer look at various women's and gender issues such as women in sports and human rights in the face of extremism. This lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. 


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