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Gender and its Discontents: An Occasional Public Lecture Series

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm to 5:50 pm

Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall , 404 66 West 12th Street , New York, NY 10011

The Gender and Sexuality Studies program invites you to their new spring series: Gender and its Discontents: An Occasional Public Lecture Series.

Presenters will address current research pertaining to the discontents of gender and sexuality. These lectures will vary in form, from panel discussions to co-presentations. The talks will feature New School faculty paired with an outside academic of their choice, while others will present an outside academic and a New School faculty respondent.

All talks will take place on Wednesday 4-5:50pm in 66 West 12th St., Rm. 404.  A reception will follow each talk.

Please see the calendar below: 

Postponed due to weather: Wednesday, March 7th

Race, Gender and Sexuality - Governing for Inclusion, Panel Discussion 


Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice and Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management
Jacqueline M. Ebanks, Executive Director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity
Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair/Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights

Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. She has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. City and State Magazine named Ms. Wiley one of the 100 most powerful people in New York City in 2014 and in 2015. In 2011, Wiley was named one of "20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change" by and a Moves Power Woman in 2009 by the magazine.

Jacqueline M. Ebanks was appointed Executive Director of the Commission on Gender Equity by Mayor Bill DeBlasio in August 2017. Created in June 2015, the Commission on Gender Equity is an advisory body that works across City agencies to help achieve the Mayor’s commitment to reduce gender-based inequity and build a safer, more inclusive city for women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming New Yorkers. As Executive Director, Ebanks oversees the City’s first-ever Commission on Gender Equity, leveraging the power of City government to expand and increase opportunity for all New Yorkers regardless of sex, gender or sexual orientation in order to build a city that is safe and free of discrimination.

Since 2014, Ebanks has served as the Executive Director of the Women’s City Club of New York, where she guided the civic-engagement organization into its second century of activism. Previously, Jacqueline served as the Vice President of Programs at the New York Women’s Foundation and worked at Citigroup as their Vice President & Director of U.S. Partnerships and Program Development for Global Community Relations Division and then as their Regional Community Relations Director for the Northeast and Puerto Rico. Prior to Citigroup, Jacqueline served as the Vice President for Community Investment at the United Way of New York City. Ebanks began her career at citywide and community based service organizations services, serving as Child Welfare Policy Analyst at the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies,  Director of United Neighborhood Houses’ Staff Development and Human Resource Management Initiative,  Director of Program Development and Quality Assurance at the Society for Seamen’s Children, and Director of Development at Harlem United Community AIDS Centers.Ebanks holds a M.S. in Policy Analysis and Public Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Carmelyn P. Malalis was appointed Chair and Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the Commission) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in November 2014 following more than a decade in private practice as an advocate for employees' rights in the workplace.

Prior to her appointment, Commissioner Malalis was a partner at Outten & Golden LLP where she co-founded and co-chaired its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workplace Rights Practice Group and its Disability and Family Responsibilities Discrimination Practice Group; and successfully represented employees in negotiations, agency proceedings, and litigation involving claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, pregnancy, disability, and religion. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Malalis has demonstrated a fierce commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion and preventing and prosecuting discrimination and intolerance. Since she assumed her role as Chair and Commissioner at the Commission in February 2015, Commissioner Malalis has revitalized the agency, making it a recognized venue for justice for all New Yorkers through increased enforcement and robust public education and outreach to prevent discrimination in New York City.

Wednesday, April 11th

Feminist and Queer interventions in Urban Sexual Economies

Alison M. Gingeras, curator and writer
Amy Herzog, Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College and Coordinator of the Film Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center

Alison M. Gingeras is based in New York and Warsaw. Her curatorial history spans the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, to East Village storefront curatorial space, Oko. Notable museum exhibitions include: “Dear Painter, Paint Me: Painting the Figure Since Late Picabia,” (2003), “Daniel Buren Le Musee qui n’existait pas” (2002) (Both for Centre Pompidou), and, “Pop Life,” (2010; Tate Modern). Her most recent exhibitions include “ Oscar Wilde Temple” by McDermott & McGough, a public artwork at the Church of the Village on West 13th Street in New York's West Village; "McDermott & McGough: I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going - A Radical Retrospective" at Dallas Contemporary and "Sex Work: Feminist Art & Radical Politics" at Frieze London. Her critical writing regularly appears in such periodicals as Artforum, Tate, Etc, Spike, and Mousse. Since 1996, she has authored scores of essays for artist monographs, critical theory compendiums, and exhibition catalogues.  

Amy Herzog is an author of _Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film_ (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and co-editor, with Carol Vernallis and John Richardson, of _The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media_ (Oxford, 2013). She has published essays on film and popular music, philosophy, pornography, gentrification, parasites, and dioramas [for selected work, see her website:]. Her most recent research project centers on a history of peep show arcades in Times Square, New York.

Wednesday, April 18th  

Genealogies of Rape

María Pía Lara, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City teaches moral and political philosophy. She is a renowned and influential public intellectual and has published many articles on the subjects of critical theory, moral philosophy, and politics. She is the author of Narrating Evil: A Postmetaphysical Theory of Reflective Judgment and Moral Textures and the editor of Rethinking Evil.

Margot Bouman, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture, Parsons School of Design and Chiara Bottici, Associate Professor of Philosophy, NSSR and Eugene Lang College

Wednesday, April 25th

Transgender Psychoanalysis as a New Discipline

Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor.
She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania (PSYS), Honorary Member at IPTAR the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City,  Member at Apres-Coup Psychoanalytic Association New York, and Founding Member of Das Unbehagen. 

Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003),  and Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010).  She has published two edited collections (both with Manya Steinkoler)  Lacan On Madness: Madness, Yes You Can't ( Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016). Her new book Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference was published by Routledge in June 2017.

Respondent: Aleksandra Wagner, Assistant Professor of Sociology, School for Public Engagement is a member of the editorial boards of The Psychoanalytic Review and Discourse of Sociological Practice. Recent publications include The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis (Edinburgh University Press, 2006, Executive Editor) and chapters in the edited volume, Edith Jacobson: Life, Work, Memories (Psychosozial Verlag, 2005).

Wednesday May 2

Designing Against Infrastructures of Harm

Shana Agid, Assistant Professor of Arts, Media, and Communication, Parsons School of Design
Paula C. Austin, Assistant Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento 

Shana Agid is an artist, teacher, writer, and activist whose work focuses on relationships of power and difference, particularly regarding sexuality, race, and gender in visual and political cultures. Agid holds an MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. He is on the Editorial Board of Radical Teacher and a co-founder with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani of Working With People, a curriculum and web-based resource on the complex contexts of partner-based and collaborative work in educational environments.

His art work has been shown at The New York Center for Book Arts, the Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Southern Exposure, the Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition, and at the Lower East Side Printshop. Her artist books are in collections at the Walker Art Center, The New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and DePaul University, among others.  His book It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This was re-published in Booklyn’s 2010 Another Booklyn Chapbook (ABC) series. Agid’s writing on design and politics, especially in relationship to the prison industrial complex, has been published in Design and Culture and Design Philosophy Papers, and she is currently doing design-led research on the role of communication, ideology, and notions of “future” in design and politics.

Paula C. Austin, Assistant Professor of History, California State University, Sacramento specializes in African American history: urban, gender, intellectual and social history. Works-in-Progress include “‘Conscious Self-Realization and Self-Direction’: New Negro Ideologies and the Confines of Visual Representation,” forthcoming in Journal of African American History and her book manuscript, I Know My Own Mind: Everyday New Negroes in the U.S. Capital, 1919 - 1942 under contract with New York University Press.

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