Many changes have occurred in the roles of women and men in society in recent times, including #metoo, the increase in young people professing fluid sex roles, advances (and the lack thereof) in women as leaders, and in the roles of both women and men at work and at home. In this class we will continue to explore these changes. Curated and moderated by Virginia E. O’Leary, Ph.D.

September 20  Sexual Harassment; Virginia E. O’Leary, Ph.D. 

September 27 • Feminism and Intersectionality; Gwendolyn VanSant, co-founder & CEO of Multicultural BRIDGE

October 4 • Women as Leaders; Eden-Renee Hayes, Ph.D., Dean of Equity and Inclusion and psychology professor at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

October 11 The New Soft War on Women; Rosalind Chait Barnett, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University

October 18 Feminism and Orthodox Judaism; Avigayil Halpern

October 25 Changing Roles of Men: The Great Divide; Drew Herzig, Chair, Pittsfield Human Rights Commission

Virginia E. O’Leary holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Wayne State University. She is the author of Toward Understanding Women (1977) and co-editor of Women, Gender and Social Psychology and Storming the Tower: Academic Women around the World (1990). During the first half of her four decade long academic career her research focused on Women and Work.


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