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The Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health and Well-being

Gray Wawro Title OnlyThrough the generous support of Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, this lecture series recognizes health as a matter of physical and social wellbeing and highlights gender as a key factor determining opportunity and quality of life. Each lecture brings to Houston a leading scholar whose work inspires deeper understanding of the gender features underlying urgent health concerns and fosters public conversation that can prompt informed action toward a more just world. Inaugurated in the 2010-2011 academic year as a three year project, CSWGS is honored that Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro extended their generosity through 2016.

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All lectures are free and open to the public, though RSVP's are required: email rsvpcswgs@rice.edu.


The current academic year's lectures include:

  • CJ Pascoe – September 24, 2015 – "Bullied: Youth, Gender, and Homophobia"
  • Mary Dore – November 4, 2015 – "She's Beautiful When She's Angry" Film
  • Diane M. Nelson – February 18, 2016 – "A Life's Worth: Mining's Uncertainties, and Neo-Colonial Alchemies"
  • Svati P. Shah – March 31, 2016 – "Progress and Its Other: Sexuality, Temporality, and Urbanization in India"

Past lectures have included:

  • Deborah Tolman – September 24, 2010 – "Adolescent Girls' Sexuality: Developments or Derailments?"
  • Bina Agarwal – October 7, 2010 – "Domestic Violence and the Security of Women's Property"
  • Londa Schiebinger – February 16, 2011 – "Sex, Botany, and Abortion: The Gender Politics of Plants in the 18th-Century Atlantic World"
  • Sandra de Castro Buffington – April 7, 2011 – "Is Television Good for Our Health?: Working with Hollywood's Scriptwriters to Increase Health Accuracy in TV Story Lines"
  • Sandra Steingraber – September 22, 2011 – "Fracking is a Feminist Issue: How the Environmental Crisis Undermines Women's Health and What We Can Do About It"
  • Ruth Wilson Gilmore – November 3, 2011 – "Gender Responsive Prisons: Or, the Dangers of Innocence"
  • Laura Lederer – February 9, 2012 – "In Modern Bondage: An Examination of Sex Trafficking as Gender-Based Slavery"
  • Nancy Folbre – April 19, 2012 – "Unpaid Work and Wellbeing: The Nature and Logic of Patriarchal Capitalism"
  • Arlie Hochschild – September 20, 2012 – "The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times"
  • Laura Carlsen – October 25, 2012 – "The Human Costs of Mexico's Drug War: Health Effects on Women, Migrants and Youth"
  • Byllye Avery – February 7, 2013 – "The State of Women's Health Today: An Unfinished Agenda"
  • Katrina Karkazis – April 4, 2013 – "Gender Verification Policies in Elite Sport: Fair Play and the Question of Medical Need"
  • Rene Almeling – February 20, 2014 – "Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm"
  • Jennifer Hirsch – April 24, 2014 – "The Inevitability of Infidelity: Gender, Sexuality and Marriage as a Risk Factor for HIV Infection"
  • Annette Lareau – September 18, 2014 – "Class, Race, and Childrearing: Unequal Childhoods and Unequal Adulthoods"
  • Lori Rotskoff – November 12, 2014 – "When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made"
  • Urvashi Vaid – February 5, 2015 – "A Critical Look at the LGBT Movement"
  • Rayna Rapp – April 9, 2015 – "Banking on DNA: Thinking about Noninvasive Prenatal Tests in Comparative Contexts