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About forty years ago, historians of women began to claim a place for their subject as a distinct scholarly field. This movement emerged particularly powerfully in Britain, its early preoccupations and questions shaped by the feminist movement, the New Left, and especially by Thompsonian social history. Today, that moment of ‘women’s history’ seems both present and a long way off. The field’s founders and pioneers are now retiring. They leave impressive accomplishments – an academic landscape in which ‘women’ as subjects of study and ‘gender’ as a ‘useful category’ are taken for granted; positions, programs and professorial chairs in the UK and US alike; rich scholarship stretching across three generations. How does this field now look to some of its early pioneers? How has mentorship and ‘school-formation’ worked? What have successive generations taken from earlier generations’ work, and how have they transformed it? What happened to those early institution and networks? What has been gained and lost through the process of institutionalization? What has happened both to the ‘place’ of the feminist imperative within history, and to the relatively privileged place of Britain within that scholarship?

Video: Value and Labor

February 4, 2013

Two of the most prominent economists on the Left—Prabhat Patnaik and John Roemer--speak on "Value and Labor."

This is a highlight from the panel Value and Labor, part of The Discipline Series, that took place on February 4, 2013. Many economists and philosophers, ranging from Aquinas and Ibn Khaldun to Adam Smith and Marx, have declared deep connections between value and labor.  Is there such a connection?  And if so, what form does it take? Two of the most prominent economists on the Left—Prabhat Patnaik and John Roemer--responded to these questions and their relevance to the global political economy today. This event was made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Human Rights activist, Kathryn Bolkovac, discusses her work in to halt human trafficking in eatern Europe.  Also participating is Tanya Domi, whose reporting broke Ms. Bolkovac's story, which later became the Hollywood feature The Whistleblower. 

Kathryn Bolkovac discussed her story on Thursday, January 31, 2013, on human trafficking, and other topics with Tanya Domi, whose reporting broke this story. When former Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac was recruited by DynCorp International to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, she thought she was signing up to help rebuild a war-torn country.  But once she arrived in Sarajevo, as a human rights investigator heading the gender affairs unit, she discovered military officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution, with links to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was successively demoted, threatened with bodily harm, fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness—bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, publicly exposing their human rights violations.  Her story, recounted in the book The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice, later become the Hollywood feature film The Whistleblower.

Sharon Marcus, the Orlando Harriman Professor of English at Columbia University, interviews Eric Klinenberg, the author of what The Atlantic called "The Most Conversation-Generating Book about How We Live Now" of 2012.

This installment of the Heyman Center's "Money Series" featured Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the Financial Times, where she oversees global coverage of the financial markets. In March 2009 she was Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards. In June 2009 her book "Fool’s Gold" won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

This Writing Lives event featured Hisham Matar, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel In the Country of Men, and more recently, Anatomy of a Disappearance.   In addition to reading from his work, Hisham Matar spoke with Bashir-Abu Manneh of Barnard College on the topic of "Literature, Exile, and the 'Arab Spring."