The Wellesley Centers for Women kicks off its Fall Lunchtime Seminar Series with programs held Thursdays through November 1st at the Centers’ Cheever House location (1/2 mile westbound from the College’s route 16 entrance). Many of the programs will be recorded and audio and MP3 files will be posted online at:

· Lunchtime seminars are free and open to the College community and the general public.

· Bring your lunch, we’ll provide tea and coffee.

· Reservations are not required.



October 4, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D. and Emmy Howe, AFA, B.A., M.Ed.
Using Teachers’ and Students’ Experiences to Widen and Deepen School and College Curricula
The curriculum of school or college classes is usually set by adults and requires students to be outer-directed. The National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project fosters a progressive and experiential balance between the knowledge that students receive from schooling and the knowledge that they themselves bring to it. SEED Co-director Emily Style says of her English classes, “Half the curriculum walks in the door when the students do.” In this seminar, Howe and McIntosh will model two kinds of SEED classroom exercises that allow students and teachers to take seriously their own life experiences as sources of knowledge, “balancing the scholarship on the shelves,” as Style notes, “with the scholarship in the selves.”

October 11, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Amy Hoffman, MFA
Do Tell: Reclaiming LGBT History for the LGBT Movement
Reclaiming and reframing history has been even more important for the LGBT movement than it has been for other identity-based movements–because the history and culture is not passed down to LGBT individuals by their families, communities, or the larger culture. In this talk, Hoffman examines the recovery, content, and use of LGBT history by LGBT activists and scholars. A writer and community activist, Hoffman has been an editor at Gay Community News (GCN), South End Press, and the Unitarian Universalist World magazine. She has served on the boards of GCN, Sojourner, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), and the Boston Lesbian and Gay History Project and as a judge of the Lambda Literary Awards.

October 18, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D. and Rosa Lau, B.F.A.
Educational Equity for Girls of Color: A Multi-level Media Strategy
Partnering with Boston-based Teen Voices to produce a short video series, this year-long collaborative multi-media project, funded by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, was designed to understand and reveal key issues related to the educational equity of girls of color. In the video series, teens are featured as the experts and agents of their own learning experiences; they offer examples of effective strategies and solutions for decreasing the achievement gap. The series also highlights different perspectives across educators, afterschool mentors, administrators, and policymakers.
The goal of the project is to offer community-based and social media opportunities for dialogue about dispelling stereotypes and dismantling barriers to success for young women of color. In this presentation, Charmaraman and Lau will discuss their journey during the project and show video clips from the series.

October 25, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.
“The Talk”: How Teen Parents Talk about Sex with the Next Generation
This presentation will look at the qualitative interviews from 32 parents/guardians whose 7th grade children are part of the “Get Real” evaluation program, a three-year comprehensive sex education program for grades 6, 7, and 8. The interviews cover parents’ experiences of sexual communication in their families of origin, and how sexual education and experiences shape how parents approach sexual communication with their own teen children. Grossman will share findings from this study, and compare how teen parents and older parents in the sample talk about these issues.

November 1, 2012 – 12:30 p.m. with Nan D. Stein, Ed.D.
The Shift from Teen Dating Violence to Healthy Relationship Promotion: Losing the Gender Perspective
Stein will discuss the terms used to teach about interpersonal violence among youth in K-12 schools have undergone a shift in the last few decades. The vocabulary previously utilized, such as “teen dating violence” or “rape prevention education” has morphed into “healthy relationship promotion,” silencing the salience of both gender and violence. The preponderance of male violence in interpersonal relationships as confirmed by a variety of surveys and crime reports has been transformed into explanations that present relationship violence is one that is mutually created, sustained, and experienced equivalently by males and females.  Whether prevention education on teen dating violence to students in middle and secondary schools is implemented by staff from sexual assault and domestic violence agencies or is conducted by school district personnel through health education classes, a requirement that unfortunately is in decline in public education, gender neutrality seems to prevail.

Please confirm the schedule 24 hours in advance of programs by visiting or by calling 781 283 2500.

The Wellesley Centers for Women is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training programs in issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, our work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy. Learn more at