NEW PROGRAM FOR WEDNESDAY MARCH 31st. All events in the Martin E. Segal Theater (1st floor) except for the lunch program, which will be held in the Skylight Room, 9th floor.

10:00-10:30: Coffee and Welcoming Remarks

Victoria Pitts-Taylor and Talia  Schaffer, Co-General Editors of Women’s Studies Quarterly

 10:30-12:00  Mothers in Art and Literature

Leah Souffrant on the poetry of motherhood: Plath, Derricotte, Zucker and Holbrook

Meena Alexander: “Mother, Writing: Elements of Autobiography” 

Heather Hewett on mothering across borders

 Moderator:  Talia Schaffer

12:00-1:30 Lunch and Reading – Skylight Room, 9th floor, room 9100

Novelist Amy Sohn will read from her new book Prospect Park West followed by a discussion with Heather Hewett moderated by Nicole Cooley. Complimentary lunch provided (to reserve yours please email your name to

1:30-3:00 Reflexive/Reflective Motherhood

Tamara Mose Brown on how motherhood shapes ethnographic fieldwork and researcher-subject relations

Cynthia Edmonds-Cady on race, class, and the uses of maternalism in the Welfare Rights Movement

Jocelyn Crowley on fathers’ rights activism and the politics of parenting

Moderator:  Pamela Stone

3:00 – 3:15 coffee break

3:15 – 4:45 The Poetics of Motherhood

Poetry reading and discussion with poets Meena Alexander, Stephanie Cleveland, and Jennifer Gosetti-Ferencei.  Moderated by Nicole Cooley.

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks

Nicole Cooley and Pamela Stone, Co-Guest Editors of the Mother issue, WSQ  


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