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She's Beautiful When She's Angry: Film Screening with Director Mary Dore

SBWSA Film Poster

Tuesday, March 22,  6:00 p.m.
Duke Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Bryan Center)

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. She's Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!).  Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process created a world-wide revolution. Director and producer Mary Dore will give remarks. Cosponsored by Duke Women’s Center, Program in Women’s Studies, Center for Documentary Studies, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture.

Wikipedia Editathon: Women of Science and Philosophy 

Isotta Nogarola, humanist, 1418-1466

Tuesday, March 29, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
The Edge Workshop Room, Bostock Library
R.S.V.P. on the Meetup Page or Facebook

Please join us for an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles for a global audience, and to help record the hidden history of women in science and philosophy. This event aims to capitalize on documentation of women's achievements in the fields of science and philosophy, now available thanks to the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection and Project Vox.

From labor, science and activism, to art and philosophy, the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection and Project Vox document the many ways women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years. A wealth of rare documentary materials in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection sheds light on the long history of women's involvement in a variety of scientific disciplines. Project Vox is an online platform developed by scholars at Duke for discovering and discussing the forgotten contributions made by women to philosophy and science during the early modern period. 

Put your knowledge and intellectual curiosity into action by creating, editing, or translating Wikipedia entries that document the lives and contributions of women in philosophy and science. By collaborating together we can disseminate this important information to the broader public. 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! Sponsored by Duke University Libraries, the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture, Duke Medical Center Archives, and the Italian Program at Duke. Jane S. Richardson, a James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, who developed the ribbon-diagram as the first 3-D representation of protein structures, and a noted Wikipedia contributor, will inaugurate the Edit-a-thon. Refreshments will be provided.

Image: Isotta Nogarola, humanist, 1418-1466, from Jacopo Philippo Bergomensis' De Claris Mulieribus, 1497, from the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

Heralding the Way to a New World: Exploring Women in Science and Medicine through the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

Southern Celestial Hemisphere

On display in the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery  
January 20 - May 20, 2016

Scientists, Midwives and Healers in the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection
Tuesday, February 9, 4:00 p.m.
Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room, Rubenstein Library
Duke History Professor Thomas Robisheaux will give a lecture on the Baskin Collection including his use of works by naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian. Reception at 4 p.m. with remarks to begin at 4:15 p.m. RSVP (optional) via Facebook.  

From the first entomologist to capture the stages of metamorphosis of the butterfly (1705) to the author who published the first comprehensive volume on contraception (1923), the women in this exhibit were pioneers in science and medicine. Whether self-trained or classically educated, they not only made groundbreaking contributions to their fields, but also helped open the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps. Despite their accomplishments, most of these women remain overlooked or under-recognized. This exhibition highlights the stories of seven revolutionary women in science and medicine and celebrates the arrival of the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, from which these materials were selected.  

Image: Detail from Maria Sibylla Merian's De europische insecten. Tot Amsterdam: by J.F. Bernard, [1730].

Zine Machine Fest 2016 

zine machine poster

Saturday, April 16, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster St.

The Sallie Bingham Center is a co-sponsor of this event and will be tabling. Come by and learn more about our zine collections and learn how to fold a zine collection. The event will feature zinesters, comic artists, indy book writers, and assorted DIY printed matter makers creating alternative printed media! We are looking forward to this great event, organized by Bill Fick, Bill Brown, and Everett Rand. More details available on the Zine Machine Fest site


Move Over Screens, Make Room For Zines


On December 9, The State of Things, a local public radio program on WUNC, hosted a program about zines. Host Frank Stasio talked with Cindy Crabb, creator of “Doris,” an autobiographical zine that has been published since the early 1990s; Nyky Gomez, the creator of Brown Recluse Zine Distro, a zine distributor for zines by, for, and about people of color; Bill Brown, creator of the zine "Dream Whip" and co-founder of Durham’s first zine festival; Kelly Wooten, librarian at Duke University’s Sallie Bingham Center; and Janice Radway, a fellow at the National Humanities Center who is currently working on a book about the history of girl zines. Listen online