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Welcome to the Providence College Women's Studies Program. We hope that you will find these pages useful to learn more about the community of PC students and faculty who share an interest in studying the lives and experiences of women. Although there are many differences among programs at different institutions, we share an excitement about what we can learn by putting women at the center of our questions.

At Providence College, the Women's Studies Program offers a major and a minor in Women's Studies, 10-15 courses per semester offered to any interested student, the Women's Studies Resource Center, and a variety of informal events offered to the College community.


Spring, 2015 Women's Studies Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events:


Thursday, March 19, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Guzman 250

The Women’s Studies Program enthusiastically invites you to join us for a screening, followed by Q and A with director Alexandra Lescaze, of her new documentary film All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts on Thursday, March 19, at 5:30 PM, in Guzman 250. Mike Hale, of The New York Times, calls All of Me a “welcome exception” to the wide spread invisibility and negative stereotyping of fat people in American media and Dorothy Rabinowitz, of the Wall Street Journal, describes the film as “outstandingly potent.”

Please find a brief description of the film All of Me, and the filmmaker, along with the poster for this event, below. (For more on the film, go to
Through the personal stories of three severely obese women who choose weight-loss surgery, All of Me shines a fresh light on the causes, challenges, and intense psychological struggles surrounding obesity in our society, as well as our attitudes and prejudices towards the obese. All of Me provides a unique and thoughtful look at a community of people that is often vilified, made fun of, or quite simply ignored in our society, and encourages viewers to examine their own prejudices and complicated relationships with food, fat, and their bodies.

 Alexandra Lescaze is a NY-based documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes in Journalism and monthly Sidney Awards, honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Her first film, Where Do You Stand? Stories from an American Mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization.  Co-sponsored by Health Policy and Management Program.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 4:00 PM; Slavin Overlook Lounge
A Film Screening of Nursery University, Followed by Discussion over Dinner with Eve Veliz (Assistant Professor, Sociology) and Abigail Brooks (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Women’s Studies)
Set in New York City, the epicenter of a phenomenon cropping up in communities across the United States, Nursery University reveals the oddly competitive process of nursery school admissions.  The film tells the story of five families—each with different backgrounds and economic circumstances—attempting to place their toddlers in preschool classrooms that have limited spaces and, thus, high price tags.
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM, Ruane 105
Alumni Panel of Female Graduates of Providence College in honor of 40 Years of Women at Providence College!
Followed by Reception in The Great Room (also in Ruane)
Come hear from recent and past alumni, including those from the first graduating class of women at Providence College!!
*Organized by The Office of Institutional Advancement with wonderful support from our own Women’s Studies students!
Monday, March 30, 2015, 5:00 PM, Ruane LL05
The Providence College American Studies Program Presents:
“The Nashville Way: Racial Etiquette, Civil Rights, and the Modern Urban South.”
A Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Houston, Newcastle University, UK.
*Co –Sponsored by Women’s Studies
Monday, March 30; 7 PM in 64 Hall
Talk and Workshop with Robyn Ochs
Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, award-winning activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, the 42-country anthology, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies. You can learn more about Robyn at
 *Sponsored by The Office of Institutional Diversity, The Division of Student Affairs, and The Center for Teaching Excellence
Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 PM. A Talk, Discussion, and Q and A with Elizabeth Higgins Clark
Location:  Al MAG 137

*Sponsored by The Women’s Studies Program
Tuesday, April 21, 5 PM.  A Reading and Book Signing with Novelist Lisa Kramer
Location:  Harkins 300
Lisa Kramer will be reading from, and engaging discussion on, her new novel, P.O.W.E.R.
Lisa A. Kramer has spent her life learning, creating, and exploring the world through theatre, writing, travelling and teaching. She holds a PhD in Theatre for Youth, an MFA in Theatre Directing, and a BA in English Language & Literature and Theatre. Lisa shares her love of the arts and the power of story as co-founder of heartful Theatre Company and as adjunct faculty at various colleges and universities. To learn more visit her at
* Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program

Abigail T. Brooks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
Director of the Women's Studies Program

Dr. Carmen Rolon
Associate Professor of Education and Women's Studies
Interim Director,Women's Studies Program  Fall 2015

Location: Phillips Memorial Library, LL 12
Phone: 401-865-2924
Fax: 401-865-2381

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