News & Events
An Evening with Alix Kates Shulman: Fiction or Memoir—How to Choose
Tuesday, September 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Join author and activist Alix Kates Shulman who has explored the challenges of youth and midlife in her novels, and in her memoirs has probed the later stages in the ongoing drama of her generation of women. Shulman is the award-winning author of 3 memoirs including To Love What Is: A Marriage Transformed and 5 novels including the ground breaking Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen. Also the author of many personal essays and stories, Shulman will discuss her process of deciding whether to tell her story as fiction or as memoir, and will examine some of the quandaries, fears, and competing motives that come into play whenever she confronts this crucial choice. This program is co-sponsored with the Durham County Library.
Digitizing the Women's Liberation Movement:
A conversation with Movement Leader Alix Kates Shulman and Behind-the-Scenes perspectives from Molly Bragg and Kelly Wooten
Wednesday, September 10, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
This program will give insight both to the women’s liberation movement and to the life cycle of a digital project, and celebrate the launch of the Women's Liberation Movement Print Culture digital collection. “Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement: An On-line Archival Collection,” was created in 1997 to support a Duke course on the Social History of American Women, and became one of Duke Libraries’ most popular digital collections. Alix Kates Shulman will reflect on her experiences as a feminist activist and writer during the 1960s and 70s, including the 1968 Miss America pageant protest, the iconic event that launched the myth of bra burning and the women’s movement in the popular consciousness. Molly Bragg, Digital Collections Program Manager, will share a behind-the-scenes perspective on how digital projects are proposed and how they are made to magically appear online, and Kelly Wooten, librarian with the Sallie Bingham Center, will share the process of stewarding permissions for this project and other challenges. Bagels and coffee will be served, remarks will begin at 9:45. Co-sponsored with the Professional Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Librarians Assembly.
Alix Kates Shulman is the celebrated author of fourteen books, including the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, which established her as a primary figure in feminism’s second wave. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shulman studied philosophy at Columbia University and received an MA at New York University. She became a political activist, joining the Congress of Racial Equality in 1961 and the Women’s Liberation Movement in 1967. Shulman lives in Manhattan and continues to speak frequently on issues such as writing, feminism, and reproductive choice. Her papers are held by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture.
Image courtesy of Alix Kates Shulman, from the Women's Liberation Movement digitized collection.
2014 Zine Librarians (un)Conference
July 18-19, Perkins Library
This summer a diverse group of energetic zine librarians from academic, public, and independent libraries, and archives will meet in Durham to share ideas and skills for providing access to zines to readers in our communities. The Bingham Center’s collection of women’s and queer zines from the 1990s to the present is one of our signature collections was one of the main draws for the selection committee who chose Duke University as the location for the 6th annual Zine Librarians (un)Conference. Though some elements of the program will be planned in advance, the unconference format allows the attendees to determine their interests, goals, and priorities for learning and sharing their knowledge as a group at the beginning of the event.
This conference will have no registration fee in order to increase accessibility to attendees, and will be open to all who are interested in zines and libraries. Elements of the program will be broadcast online to allow wider participation. More details via the zine libraries wiki.
Zine Librarians Zine Reading
Friday, July 18, 5:30-7:00pm
Remember the 90s when all you wanted to do was sit around listening to Bikini Kill and picking out the best Hello Kitty stickers to decorate the pages in your zine for your rant about My So Called Life being cancelled? Relive those glory days of cut & paste & xerox copies with a reading by zine librarians from around the U.S. Open mic sign-ups to read from your own teenage angsty zine (or the one you wrote last week) or choose a passage from our pile of extras--you know you want to! Zinesters, librarians, riot grrrls, and everyone else are welcome to join. Donations will be collected to support participation by zine librarians of color in next year's Zine Librarians (un)Conference. RSVP on Facebook.
Radical South zine created by Niku Arbabi; image used with her permission.
Twenty-fifth Anniversary Events, 2013-2014
During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Bingham Center offered a series of events in honor of our 25th anniversary. We're looking forward to the next 25!
The Archival is Political: Preserving Women’s History at the Sallie Bingham Center
Merle Hoffman, Eleanor Smeal, Carmen Rios and Jaclyn Friedman in Conversation
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Helen Mills Theater, 139 W. 26th St., New York, NY
Jaclyn Friedman, co-founder and executive director of Women, Action & the Media, will facilitate a conversation with Merle Hoffman, president and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center; Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation; and Carmen Rios, Feminist Majority Foundation feminist campus organizer, about the political significance of documenting women’s lives and the importance of informing one’s activism with a historical perspective. Introductory remarks by Dr. Phyllis Chesler.
40 Years Undaunted: Abortion Care and Advocacy by Ipas
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 6pm in Perkins Library Room 217
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ipas with Merle Hoffman, president and CEO of Choices Women’s Medical Center, and Dr. Raffaela Schiavon, director of Ipas Mexico. Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortions. This event is a celebration of the collaboration between Duke and Ipas and will feature a display of material from the Ipas records and other reproductive rights collections held by the Sallie Bingham Center and Human Rights Archive (Room 218 following the program). Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Archive, Ipas and the Sallie Bingham Center. Download PDF with directions and parking information.
Women at Duke Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5-9pm at the Duke Women's Center
Please join us for an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles, learn more about the rich history of women at Duke University, and then put that knowledge into action by creating and editing entries that document the lives and contributions of women alumnae, faculty, staff, and community members. Bridget Booher, author of the forthcoming publication, Women at Duke, will join us to share some of the highlights of her research on women's history at Duke. This event is part of a worldwide movement to increase the percentage of women editors and woman-focused articles within Wikipedia. Bring your laptop if you have one, or use one of ours. You can also participate from anywhere in the world! Co-sponsored with the Duke Women's Center and Duke University Archives. For more details and to sign up, visit our meetup page.
Envisioning the Future of the Sallie Bingham Center
Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 6pm in Room 217, Perkins Library
The Bingham Center will host an evening with author, playwright, teacher and feminist activist Sallie Bingham, who will reflect on 25 years of documenting women’s history at Duke and offer her vision for the Center’s next 25 years, and Rachel Seidman, Associate Director, Southern Oral History Program, at UNC-Chapel Hill and visiting lecturer in Women’s Studies at Duke University, who will give her perspective on Bingham Center contributions to preservation, teaching, and activism. In 1988, the Women's Studies Archivist position was created thanks to the generosity of author, playwright, teacher and feminist activist Sallie Bingham. In collaboration with pioneering historian Anne Firor Scott, Duke Women's Studies' Founding Director Jean Fox O'Barr and then head of Special Collections Robert Byrd, Sallie Bingham determined that Duke was the right place to create a new archive for women's history. The center was permanently endowed in 1993 and named the "Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture" in 1999 to honor Bingham's vision and legacy.
Sallie Bingham's remarks have been posted on her blog.
Freedom Means Everybody: A lecture by Mab Segrest
Dr. Mab Segrest, Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at Connecticut College, received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and became active in lesbian-feminist political and cultural work in North Carolina and nationally during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She left the academy in the early 1980s to work full-time in social movements for the next decade. She is a co-founder of North Carolinians Against Racist and Religious Violence, an organization focused on targeting neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan activity. Segrest’s 1995 book, Memoir of a Race Traitor, narrates this experience. Segrest’s 2002 book, Born to Belonging: Writings on Spirit and Justice, uses travel memoirs in a search for alternatives to the apartheid of her southern childhood. She is currently working on a social history of Georgia’s state mental hospital at Milledgeville that grows out of her continuing interest in the interface between the intimate and the historical, specifically what constitutes that redundancy of Southern insanity when viewed through archives of an iconic Southern state hospital. Segrest’s personal papers are held by the Sallie Bingham Center. This program is the culminating event for the Women’s Studies Senior Seminar, which combines feminist and queer theory with historical research on local activists. Co-sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center, Durham County Library, and Duke Program in Women’s Studies.