“Miss Representation” Screening in Februrary!



“Miss Representation”: Film Screening & Discussion
February 15th, 2012
at Yale Law School



The YDS Women’s Center invites you to a screening of the social justice documentary “Miss Representation” (http://missrepresentation.org/the-film/; trailer), followed by a panel discussion whose respondents include Dean Emilie Townes and Claire Dietrich (BDS/YDS ’14), who co-wrote and co-produced the film.

“Miss Representation” explores the cultural impact of representations of women in the mainstream media in conjunction with the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of women in leadership positions in America. The film has premiered nationally on the Oprah Winfrey Network and at the Sundance Film Festival.

Refreshments will be provided.

*This screening is a joint effort by Yale Law Women, the Women of Color Collective at Yale Law School, the Black Law Students Association, and Women in Management from the School of Management, with support from the Yale Women Faculty Forum and Yale College Communication and Consent Educators.

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Planning

Want to learn about sex (and healthy relationships) in a faith context? Want to help others learn about sex (and healthy relationships)? Well, we have talked to the national organizer of OWL trainings and got some important information.  If you are interested in planning a training at YDS or organizing a group field trip to a local-ish training, come to a lunch-time planning meeting: Friday, October 28 at 12:30 in the Common Room (Can’t make the meeting but want to be in on the fun? Email ydswomen@gmail.com.

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This Thursday: Wine & Cheese Arts Night!

The YDS Women’s Center and Yale Black Seminarians present:

Wine & Cheese
Arts Night
Thursday, October 6th
YDS Commuter Lounge

Join the YDS Women’s Center and the Yale Black Seminarians as we gather for a night of poetry and other performances that grapple with our gendered experiences.

Featuring slam poetry by Lyvonne “Proverbs” Briggs!

We need YOU: Bring a poem, a monologue, diatribe, song, etc.—- your own or someone else’s—- to share  OR  just come to listen and be present with your classmates. Help us spin out the beginnings of a dialogue surrounding our gender identities and their complex interactions with other facets of our selves.

If you would like to share with us, please email us at ydswomen@gmail.com with your name and the type/title of your artistic offering by Thursday at 3pm.

*Some refreshments (cheese, crackers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages) will be provided, but contributions are definitely welcome.

Potluck this Thursday!

Come chill with the lovely ladies of YDS…

Women’s Center Potluck

Thursday, September 22
788 Orange St., Apt. 2
(on the corner of Orange and Willow)

Bring a dish to share (a bag of apples, bread and cheese, grandma’s famous brownies, steamed green beans, pasta, salad, whatever).

We will provide a stellar main dish, tea galore, and a great many fun games.

As always, ALL community members supportive of the Center’s mission are more than welcome to attend.

P.S. SAVE THE DATE: Wine, Cheese, & Arts Night on October 6!


First Friday Tea at the Women’s Center!

YDS Women’s Center Tea

Friday, Sept. 2


at the Women’s Center (Fisher Hall, 2nd floor)

Take some time to bond with your fellow students! Our discussion theme will be “gender in the classroom.” Bring your hopes, triumphs, concerns, and even your high-minded theoretical musings. Bring 2 packets of your favorite tea so we can fill our communal tea jar (if you forget—- no worries—- we’ll have extra!).

We’ll be drawing chalk arrows from the main entrance of YDS to the Women’s Center in Fisher Hall for those of you who are unfamiliar with the YDS dorms. Fisher Hall is also key-access only, but we’ll be at the door to let you in!

Take Back the Night 2011

Tomorrow, April 25, 2011

All are invited to gather at the Women’s Center at 198 Elm St. to Take Back the Night, an annual event to break the silence surrounding sexual violence by telling our stories. Sharing of survivor’s stories will begin at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at 9:30 p.m. to discuss strategies to help make our campus safer and more supportive for all.  Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 15, 12:00-1:30pm in HGS 211.

Did you know that the Graduate School at Yale was coeducational from its official inception in 1892? Women earned one- third of doctorates in the first class of PhDs in 1894, in disciplines including History, English, Astronomy, and Chemistry. These alumnae went on to highly accomplished careers in academia and civic life, influencing later generations of students. WFF Associates Ruth Vaughan and Liena Vayzman will present new archival research that brings to light the scholarship and biographies of these women and place their accomplishments in historical context. WFF Co-Chair Professor Laura Wexler will be the discussant.

RSVP to wff@yale.edu.

Why Theology Gets Stuck on Sex

Thursday, April 14, 2011

5:00 Reception ● 6:00-7:30pm Lecture and Panel
Common Room ● Yale Divinity School

Dr. Laurel Schneider
Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture
Chicago Theological Seminary

Have you ever wondered . . .

  • What does theology have to do with sex anyway?
  • Why don’t questions of sex and sex go away in religious communities?
  • Are sexuality and race problems in theology or essential ingredients?

Current YDS Students will serve as panel respondents

Lyvonne Proverbs Briggs, M.Div, ‘12

Jared Gilbert, MDiv ’12

Craig Robinson, MDiv ‘11

This event is sponsored by the Ministerial Studies Committee and co-sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office, the YDS Coalition, and the YDS Women’s Center.


April 15th 11:00-5:30

Berkley Divinity School
363 Canner St., New Haven

Any loss, whether through miscarriage, infertility, stillbirth, adoption, or abortion, can carry with it a range of feelings, including grief, loss, loneliness, regret, relief, and sadness.  This seminar provides the information and skills to be an effective pastoral presence for people mourning any pregnancy loss.  Covering medical, emotional, and spiritual issues, the curriculum also provides rituals and an extensive bibliography of resources.

Led by Reverend Matthew Westfox

National Coordinator for Field Services for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), and Associate Pastor of All Souls Bethlehem Church in Brooklyn, New York.

Please RSVP by April 13 to katelyn.willis@yale.edu or gabrielle.deford@yale.edu

Seminar co-sponsored by the YDS Seminarians for Reproductive Justice and the YDS Women’s Center

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Sexual Violence

Explore how research, myth, journalism, and changing notions of justice interact with regard to the conceptualization and documentation of sexual violence in conflict.

Organized and facilitated by Alice M. Miller, Associate Research Scholar in Law and Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellow

Thursday, April 7, 2011
12:15- 1:45 pm Faculty Lounge
2nd floor, Yale Law School,
127 Wall Street
Open to the Yale community—lunch will be provided

Please rsvp to elysa.bryant@yale.edu with the subject “Yes to Health Workshop” if you plan to attend.

Sexual violence, especially in conflict/post conflict settings, is everywhere in the news. Responses to it are increasingly incorporated into formal international legal standards and commitments, including the prosecution of international sex crimes by the International Criminal Court and in a new crop of UN Security Council resolutions. Yet in the last fifteen years, the hyper-visibility of narratives of sexual violence is produced by an oddly contradictory amalgam of journalism, human rights documentation, myths, modern feminist claims and persistent (and revived) ideologies about gender roles, violence, conflict and power. Unfortunately, the current global attention has led to few visible, ameliorative effects to date.

In this workshop we explore various tensions, omissions, and paradoxes in the creation, maintenance, and deployment of attention to sexual violence as an undifferentiated, universal practice in conflict. We consider the effects on global-level advocacy, policy frameworks, and ideological positioning of states, as well as concrete health service- and justice-oriented practice interventions and research. The discussants will emphasize research and analysis, highlighting variations in the occurrence, scope, and types of victims (men, women, older and younger persons) and guide our discussion to consider not only the empirical questions around documenting sexual violence, but the policy and advocacy implications of research frames.

We look forward to an engaged, interdisciplinary discussion on Thursday.

Opening presentations
·         Elisabeth J. Wood (Yale, Political Science)
·         Carole S. Vance (Columbia,   Public Health and Anthropology)

·         Alice M. Miller (YLS, Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellow)

Suggested readings
Elisabeth Jean Wood, Sexual violence during war: toward an understanding of variation. In Order, Conflict, and Violence, Ian Shapiro, Stathis Kalyvas and Tarek Masoud eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Article Stable URL: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/cpworkshop/papers/Wood.pdf
Sexuality, Human Rights, and HealthAlice M. Miller and Carole S. VanceHealth and Human RightsVol. 7, No. 2, Sexuality, Human Rights, and Health (2004), pp. 5-15
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4065346
West-African Warscapes: Victimcy, Girlfriending,Soldiering: Tactic Agency in a Young Woman’s SocialNavigation of the Liberian War ZoneMats UtasAnthropological Quarterly Vol. 78, No. 2 (Spring, 2005), pp. 403-430
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4150840
United Nations Security Council Resolution (1960) 2010Article Stable URL: http://tinyurl.com/4974uas
Ragnhild Nordås, Sexual Violence in African ConflictsArticle Stable URL: http://tinyurl.com/65tjkyc
OPEN LETTER TO MEMBER STATES OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL Re: Res 1960Article Stable URL: http://tinyurl.com/5stoao4

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