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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.


Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5 p.m., AL-MAG 137

hoover-hs.jpgAmerican Studies, Women's Studies, and the Office of Insitutional Diversity present Elizabeth Hoover: Food Sovereignty and Food Justice Through American Indian Community Garden Projects.

Dr. Hoover is an assistant professor of American studies and ethnic studies at Brown University. The event is free and open to the entire PC community. With any questions, please email Tuire Valkeakari, interim director of American studies,

Monday, February 15, 4:30 p.m., '64 Hall 

layman-hs.jpgThe Black Studies and Women's Studies Programs Presents:
Kiese Laymon: “A Discussion on Revolutionary Honesty and Truth Telling”

Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently an associate professor of English at Vassar College and Grisham Writer in Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2015-16.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, '64 Hall

Celebrate African American Heritage Month
Black History 101 Mobile Museum, featuring Khalid el-Hakim 

Black History 101 “Mobile Museum” (BH101MM) will feature over 150 original, rare African American artifacts. Highlights of this mobile museum include artifacts signed by historic icons, authentic American slave shackles and a bill of sale subjugating an African woman and her children to a lifetime of chattel slavery. Founded by Khalid el-Hakim, former Detroit Public School teacher and current Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois, the BH101MM is a collection of original artifacts of Black memorabilia that dates from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to Hip Hop Culture.

Viewing of Artifacts: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Discussion 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 20, 1 p.m. 

Tvagina monologues.jpghe Vagina Monologues

An Obie Award-Winning Play By Eve Ensler

Produced, Directed, and Acted by Providence College Students

All Proceeds From the show go to Sojourner House, Advocacy and Resource Center for Women

Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, Providence RI 02903

Tickets are $8 for students and $12 for non students. Contact to purchase tickets.

* This is an independent production, organized and produced by Providence College students, and performed off campus in the city of Providence.

Monday, February 22, 2016, time and location TBD 

The Black Studies and Women's Studies Programs Presents:
Naomi Zack: “A New Paradigm of Racism: Why Discourse of White Privilege, Justice and Equality Do Not Work”

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., AL-MAG 137

ln-hs.jpgConference on Cabo Verdean Women: The first conference on Cabo Verdean women to be held in the United States

Organized by Terza Lima-Neves, a “proud PC alumna,” Class of 2000

Terza Lima-Neves invites you and your students to join us in this important and historic moment for the Cabo Verdean community. This conference will be held at Providence College on Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please visit her website at for more information about our rationale, vision, bios of the organizers, and description of the panels. To register for the conference, please visit The conference is FREE but registering will help us with seating and catering. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 5 p.m., location TBD

A Talk on Gender and Politics, by Dr. Wendy Schiller, of Brown University

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

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

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