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Laura C. Harris Series

selected reading for visiting lecturers

Laura C. Harris visiting scholars

Laura C. Harris Series 2018-2019


What is the subversive potential of cultural practices? Many artists consciously seek to disrupt our everyday
understandings of the world and to create openings for imagining alternative worlds and ways of being. In a
time of misogyny, racism, hyper-capitalism and inequality, artistic engagement can serve as a vital tool to
challenge the status quo. What is the role of artists in polarized or populist societies?  How do artists capture
political ideologies differently from, say, scholars or journalists? Is making politically engaged art a primary
responsibility of artists? Is it effective or does it remain on the fringes of politics? How can art foster the agency
of the marginalized? How can activist art transform conceptions of race, gender, and sexuality?

Fall 2018

Andrea Jenkins, September 4

Shine Louis Houston, Jiz Lee, & Mireille Miller-Young, September 26

Paul C. Taylor, November 1


Spring 2019:

S. Bear Bergman & Zetta Elliott, February 7

Jen Taylor Friedman, March 7


Laura C. Harris Series

The late Dr. Laura C. Harris was a pioneer in the medical profession and the embodiment of the Denison ideal. A member of the Class of 1916 (earning the Ph.B., or Bachelor of Philosophy), Dr. Harris was the first woman ever to receive a medical degree from Syracuse University. She also did post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania before beginning her medical practice in New York in the 1920s.

A pioneer medical educator among women, she was appointed clinical professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York Medical Center at Syracuse.  Her teaching career spanned more than 30 years. In 1951, Dr. Harris was honored with a Denison Alumni Citation and in 1981 with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.  She died in 1987 at the age of 93.

The Laura C. Harris Endowment, the result of a major bequest from Dr. Harris’ estate, stands as a tribute to her memory, evidence of her clear commitment to women’s achievement and reinforcement of her belief in the importance of undergraduate education.  The objective of the Laura C. Harris Symposium is to enhance and promote the education of young women as students and as professionals and serve to promote the career opportunities and carry on the pioneering spirit of women students at Denison University.

Learn more about the Laura C. Harris Series and the Women's and Gender Studies program at Denison University by visiting the program's webpage

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