Call for Nominations: Distinguished Woman Philosopher 2013
Each year the Eastern Division of the Society for Women in Philosophy comes together to honor a woman philosopher whose contributions to the support of women in philosophy and to philosophy itself are outstanding and merit special recognition. A panel and reception celebrating the honoree’s accomplishments will be organized for the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, December 27-30, 2013.
Nominations should include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a minimum of two supporting letters, which summarize the nominee’s contributions to philosophy and support of women in philosophy.
NOTE: Two-thirds of letter writers for any given nomination must be members of the society for women in philosophy, in good standing.
Please e-mail all nominations to Rochelle Green, ESWIP Distinguished Woman Philosopher Award Secretary (email@example.com) no later than April 1, 2013.
On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Dr. Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs (co-editor of Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia) will deliver a keynote address at the Faculty Women of Color in Academia conference at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. The keynote, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:30 pm in the Illinois Ballroom of the I Hotel (1900 S. First Street, Champaign) and will be followed by a book signing. For more information, see http://inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/WCA/agenda.html#wednesday
Presumed Incompetent is a path-breaking account of the intersections of race and class in the working lives of female academics. For more information about the book (including reviews of the book and endorsements from Gloria Steinem, Kim Crenshaw, Mari Matsuda and Norma Cantu), please see the publisher’s website at: http://www.usu.edu/usupress/books/index.cfm?isbn=8695
where STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (+more!).
There is this fantastic blog launched on February 17 2013 by Rachel Levy, where she collects information on grandmothers who did great work in those fields. Rachel explains:
Perhaps, like me, you are tired of hearing people say “how would you explain that to your grandmother?” when they probably mean something like “How would you explain the idea in a clear, compelling way so that people without a technical background can understand you?”
Here’s a similar saying you may have heard: “That’s so easy, my grandmother could understand it.”
I would like to counter the implication that grannies (gender + maternity + age) might not easily pick up on technical/theoretical ideas.
It is not just about women who are literally grandmothers, but it is meant in the figurative sense: any woman old enough to be a grandmother.