News & Events

Igniting Cinema Change: Early Days at Women Make Movies with Ariel Dougherty, Co-Founder

Ariel Dougherty behind camera

Thursday, September 24, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library, First Floor

Women Make Movies was founded in 1972 by Ariel Dougherty and Sheila Page with the specific mission of training women to become film and video makers. Please join us for a screening of two early dramatic shorts from WMM workshop participants, Fear (1973, 7 m, B&W) by Jean Shaw and Domestic Tranquility (1973, 7 min, B&W) by Harriet Kriegel, as well as a clip from one of Dougherty's own films, Sweet Bananas (1972, 32 m, color). Discussion of the films to follow. Ariel Dougherty is a 2015-16 Mary Lily Research Grant recipient.


Out in the Night Film Screening and Discussion

Friday, September 25, 6:00-8:00 p.mOut in the Night (4 women)
White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus

Late at night in August 2006, a group of young black women walk down the Avenue of the Americas in the West Village. Typically, these women frequent the area as a place of acceptance, yet on this night, an ogler begins to threaten the women when they deny his advances by admitting they are lesbians. Fearing for their safety, the women fight back. This documentary follows the heartbreaking story of what happens when four women stand up for themselves. Sponsored by Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity as part of the Durham Pride weekend activities. RSVP on Facebook (optional). 

Past Events

Women at Duke Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:00am-2:00pm
The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library, First Floor
More details and R.S.V.P. on our meetup page.

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. 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 can, and create an account in advance. You can also participate from anywhere in the world! Co-sponsored with Duke University Archives and the Duke Women's Center. 


Envisioning the Future of the Sallie Bingham Center

Remarks from the Bingham Center's 25th anniversary celebration held in March 2014 are available on a new website. The Bingham Center hosted an evening with author, playwright, teacher, and feminist activist, Sallie Bingham (pictured left), who reflected 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 gave her perspective on Bingham Center contributions to preservation, teaching, and activism. Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs, and Robert L. Byrd, Associate University Librarian for Collections and User Services, gave introductory remarks. Read more