Newcomb Institute is proud to carry on the rich traditions of our endowed lecture series and programs. These events have an established place in the fabric of the campus and the community. Thanks to the continued generosity of alumnae and friends, we are pleased to showcase the following events and programs.
The Alberto-Culver Lecture Series, established by Carol Bernick (NC ’74), invites distinguished, nationally recognized professional women to campus to meet with students and discuss pertinent topics about women in business.
2018 Kate White
2017 Kathy Waller
2016 Paula Meyer
2015 Debora Spar
2014 No event.
2013 Sylvia Ann Hewlett
2012 Sonal Shah
The Florie Gale Arons ‘50 Poetry Forum was established by her daughters Andrea Arons Houseman (NC’82), Lisa Arons Aldridge and Gina Arons in 1999 in honor of her 70th birthday, and still flourishes. Poets give readings as well as lead writing workshops for undergraduates.
Learn about the Florie Gale Arons Poetry Forum.
The Betty Werlein Carter’ (NC’ 31) Lecture, established by the family and friends of the alumna, provides women students with information training, experience, contacts and involvement in the public policy arena.
2018 Wagatwe Wanjuki
2017 Kelly Knapp
2016 Britteny Cooper
2015 Lisa Rice
2014 Lynn Paltrow
2013 Jennifer Baumgardner
2012 Lynn Rosenthal
The Custard Lecture, funded by Marla Custard (NC ’91) brings speakers connected to the LGBTQ community to campus.
The 2019 Custard Lecture features Regina Kunzel; Kunzel holds the Doris Stevens Chair and is Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her work focuses on histories of sexuality in carceral spaces, and on the twined histories of sexual deviance and normalcy.
Kunzel’s most recent book, Criminal Intimacy: Prison and the Uneven History of Modern American Sexuality (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2008), received many awards including the Lambda Literary Award, the American Historical Association’s John Boswell Prize, and the MLA’s Alan Bray Memorial Book Award. She is also the author of Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890 to 1945 (Yale Univ. Press, 1993), as well as articles on transgender studies, disability studies, the history of prison sexual culture, single pregnancy, and gender and professionalization.
Kunzel has received fellowships from the ACLS, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Her presentation, Psychiatry and the Archives of Modern Sexuality will take place Friday, September 20th at 12:00pm at Newcomb Institute.
2019 Regina Kunzel
2018 Alicia Gariza and Elizabeth Alexander (2018)
2017 Alexis DeVeaux
2016 Jess Dugan
2016 Margot Canaday
2014 Kate Bornstein
2013 Alison Bechdel
2012 CJ Pascoe
2011 Mary Gray
2010 Susan Stryker
The Adele Ramos Salzer ’40 Lecture and Reading Series was created by a donation from this dedicated alumna volunteer has been generously strengthened through gifts in her memory from her family, friends, and classmates. The series supports academic programs focusing on women's experiences in higher education.
2017-18 Susan Komives
2016-17 Robin Ely
2015-16 Elizabeth Armstrong
2013-14 Mary Trigg
2012-13 Nannerl Keohane
2011-12 Linda Sax
2010 Lynn Peril
2009 Cheryl Wagner and Dedra Johnson
2008 Monica Edelstein and Martha Ward
Newcomb Institute’s annual Roe v. Wade Lecture commemorates the historic 1973 U. S. Supreme Court decision that recognized abortion as a constitutionally protected right. Every January, Newcomb Institute invites a nationally recognized scholar of reproductive rights to present their latest research. The series, which engages student groups such as Students United for Reproductive Justice, Social Workers for Reproductive Freedom, Med Students for Choice, Students United for Reproductive Freedom (School of Public Health), and If, When, How (School of Law), has brought to campus scholars from a variety of disciplines, including history, architecture, sociology, and law. The annual lecture is preceded by a networking dinner and poster presentations by NI’s Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Interns and opportunities for legislative action for students, faculty, and the general public.
The annual Roe v. Wade Lecture is supported by the Donna and Richard Esteves Fund for Women’s Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health.
2018 J. Shoshanna Ehrlich, "(Re)producing the Maternal Ideal: Abortion Laws and the Romancing of Motherhood"
2017 Kimberly Kelly, “Abortion in the American South: Religion, Race, and Stigma”
2016 Rebecca Kluchin, “Maternal-Fetal Conflict in Post-Roe America”
2015 Lori Brown, “Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinic Design”
2014 Lynn Paltrow, “Interrogating the Differences between ‘Pro-Life,’ and ‘Pro-Lives’”
2013 Wendy Kline, “The Pelvic Instruction Controversy of the 1970s”
The Zale-Kimmerling Writer-In-Residence Program provides a unique opportunity for students and members of the university community to meet with a notable woman writer as she spends a week on campus. The program was established by Dana Zale Gerard (NC ’85) and made possible by an annual gift from the M.B. and Edna Zale Foundation of Dallas, Texas. In 2010, the program became fully endowed through a gift from Martha McCarty Kimmerling (NC’63).
Learn more about the Zale-Kimmerling Program.
Fridays at Newcomb is a lecture series with speakers across disciplines that provides students with the opportunity to learn about subjects outside of their majors. Lunch provided. It is free and open to the public. For event details, visit Newcomb Institute's calendar.