Spring 2022 SSF Events


Impact of the Pandemic on Women’s Work and Wellbeing

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C. Nicole Mason, PhD, President & CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)

Dr. Mason, President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in 2019, is the youngest person to head up an inside-the-beltway think tank, and she is one of the few women of color to do so. Her two decades of research has focused on economic security, poverty, racial equity, and political participation among women, and communities of color. Under her leadership, the Institute has been a leading source of empirical data on the impacts of the pandemic of women’s labor force participation, economic insecurity, and overall well-being. Dr. Mason’s talk will focus on the pandemic recession, which she has labeled a ‘she-cession.’

Korenman Lecture, organized by the Department of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies.

The multi-faceted contributions of international migration to the US economy in the last 30 years

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Giovanni Peri, PhD, Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis

This lecture will provide first an overview on global regularities that suggest international migrations have a very important economic motivation and that migrants embody a large amount of human capital. Then we will provide a framework to interpret the economic effects of immigrants in the US and will review key findings from recent research on labor markets, productivity and entrepreneurship effect of immigrants, and conclude with a focus on the last 2 years, when during the Covid-19 crisis the inflow of immigrants almost stopped and the possible consequences of this.

Mullen Lecture organized by the Department of Economics.

Slavery, and the Problem of Memory and Public History

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Ana Lucia Araujo, PhD, Professor of History, Howard University

Exploring notions of history, collective memory, cultural memory, public memory, official memory, and public history, Slavery in the Age of Memory: Engaging the Past explains how ordinary citizens, social groups, governments and institutions engage with the past of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade.  It illuminates how and why over the last five decades the debates about slavery have become so relevant in the societies where slavery existed and which participated in the Atlantic slave trade.

Low Lecture organized by the Department of History.

Understanding Dementia:  The Vital Importance of Engaging Diverse Older Adults with Dementia and their Communities in Research

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Ishan Canty Williams, PhD, FGSA, Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing

This lecture will provide an overview of Alzheimer’s Disease and related syndromes (ADRD) and the risks associated with ADRD. Discussion will follow on how ADRD disproportionately affects persons of African American ethnicity, yet people who identify as Black/African American adults are consistently underrepresented in AD research. The lecture concludes with a focus on innovative approaches to engaging diverse older adults and their communities to improve diversity in AD research.

Organized by the Erickson School of Aging Studies.

/ˈgramərs/ of Racism:  Obstetrics and Black Anti Bodies

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Dána-Ain Davis, PhD, Professor of Urban Studies and Anthropology; Director, Center for the Study of Women and Society at the Graduate Center City University of New York

Health & Inequality lecture organized by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health.