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Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society

Each year, the Cuninggim Lecture on Women in Culture and Society offers an occasion to raise awareness about the ways in which gender shapes and is shaped by our lived experiences. Each Cuninggim Lecturer empowers Vanderbilt community members to expand their activist reach and become more involved in positive social change outside of the University.

Previous Lectures

2020 (presented in 2021)
“Eloquent Rage: The Power of the Angry Black Woman”
Brittney Cooper

“5 (Dirty, Little) Secrets: The Mind-Blowing Science of Sexual Response”
Emily Nagoski

“More Than Meets the Eye: Young Women, Mass Media, and Enacting Social Change”
Elaine Welteroth

“Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools”
Monique Morris

“Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive”
Julia Serano

“Girls Like Us: The Commercial and Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Girls in the U.S.”
Rachel Lloyd

“Perfect Girls: A Generation of Young Women Were Told We Could Do Anything and Somehow Heard That We Had to Be Everything”
Courtney E. Martin

“The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl”
Issa Rae

“Grace and Grit: My Experience with Equal Pay for Equal Work”
Lilly Ledbetter

“The Purity Myth”
Jessica Valenti

“How Stories Shape Our Lives and What We Can Do About It”
Daisy Hernández

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