Quick Hit: Annual Dominion Lecture is on Wednesday, April 18

13 Apr

Hey JMU readers! The Dominion Lecture, hosted by the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality, is coming up on April 18 at 7 p.m. in Transitions. Hosted annually since 1975, the Dominion Lecture is an incredible event where a notable woman comes to campus to give a talk on important issues that pertain to women and women’s equality. (Last year’s speaker was the very interesting and engaging Susan J. Douglas, whose work has focused on “enlightened sexism”).

This year’s speaker is Joan C. Williams, professor of law at University of California, Hastings College of the Law. The press release follows:

Award-Winning Author to Discuss Gender Bias in the Workplace

Joan C. Williams will present the annual Dominion Lecture, sponsored by the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality, in the Transitions room of Warren Hall, James Madison University, April 18, 2012, at 7:00 P.M. Nationally renowned for her expertise on work/life balance and law, Williams will speak on “Successful Career Tips from Savvy Career Women: The Four Patterns of Gender Bias.

Research demonstrates that women often encounter pushback when they do the same things men do. This talk will describe the patterns of bias documented by social science, and will share strategies successful women have used to navigate the unique challenges professional women face.

Joan C. Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. According to The New York Times, “she has something approaching rock-star status” among work/life advocates. She has authored or co-authored seventy academic articles and chapters and five books, most recently Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Men and Class Matter (Harvard Univ. Press, 2010). Her book Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000) won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. Williams received the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement in 2006, and she delivered the prestigious Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University in 2008. She also contributes to the Huffington Post blog.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking near Warren Hall is available in Lot C4. For information on childcare service during the event, please contact Cannie Campbell, 540-568-3532.

The Dominion Lecture is an annual address sponsored by the Madison Caucus for Gender Equality. Every year, the caucus brings to campus a notable woman to speak to students and members of the JMU community about issues vital, challenging and of primary importance to women. Initiated in November 1975, the series has consistently given the campus a rich diversity of leaders whose voices have energized the spirit and activism of women and men concerned and committed to consciousness raising and progressive action.

Additional sponsorship for this event is provided by the Office of Cross Disciplinary Studies and Planning, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Programs, the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, the Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership, the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College of Integrated Science and Technology, Community Service-Learning, the Department of Social Work, Learning Technology and Leadership Education, and University Studies.

One Response to “Quick Hit: Annual Dominion Lecture is on Wednesday, April 18”


  1. Quick Hit: Go the the Dominion Lecture on Wednesday, April 18! « ShoutOut! JMU - 04/16/2012

    […] readers! Just another quick hit about the upcoming Dominion Lecture (more info and the full press release at the hyperlink). This year’s speaker is  Joan C. […]

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