Domna Stanton Lectures

Domna Stanton Lecture Series

The Domna Stanton Lecture Series is an annual event. Each year we invite scholars from a broad range of disciplines.

Sept 21, 2022

The Fall of Roe vWade after Nearly 50 Years

After nearly fifty years of legality across the United States, a 2022 Supreme Court decision has dropped constitutional protections around abortion. The fallout of this decision was immediate, with over twenty states banning, trying to ban, or severely restricting abortion. At the center of this chaotic moment are people seeking to end their pregnancy, through formal healthcare channels or independently, and those for whom continuing pregnancy is their only option.


  • Anitra Beasley, Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Farah Diaz-Tello, Senior Counsel & Legal Director, If/When/How
  • Oriaku Njoku, Executive Director, National Network of Abortion Funds
  • Tracy Weitz, Professor of Sociology, American University, Center on Health, Risk, and Society; Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Jennifer O’Donnell ’05, moderator, Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College



September 16, 2019, 5:30pm: Zakiya Luna 
Location: Collins Cinema, Wellesley College

How Reproductive Rights Will Save Abortion Rights

Zakiya Luna  is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara (courtesy appointment in Feminist Studies) and a faculty affiliate of the Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, which she helped co-found.  She earned her Master’s of Social Work, and a PhD in Sociology and Women’s Studies from University of Michigan.  Her research is in the areas of social change, law, health and inequality. Specifically, she is interested in social movements, human rights and reproduction with an emphasis on the effects of intersecting inequalities within and across these sites.   

This research was funded by multiple sources including the National Science Foundation. Her work has been published in  Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Mobilization, Gender and SocietyResearch in Social Movements, Conflict and Change and Societies without Borders: Social Science and Human Rights among others. She was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow.  She is co-creator and co-editor of the University of California Press book series, Reproductive Justice: A New Vision for the 21st Century.  She was a CoreAlign Generative Fellow (Blaze Cohort) and member of the Humane Resources Innovation Lab where her team examined how the reproductive justice movement organizations could be accountable to cultivating practices that recognize a person's whole self, in and beyond the workplaces, to help people thrive while sustaining the movement.

April 4, 2019
The 2019 Annual Domna Stanton Lecture 
4:30pm,Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
Alondra Nelson
Professor of Sociology
Columbia University
President, Social Science Research Council
Chair, American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology
Free and Open to the Public
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April 9, 2018

2018 Domna Stanton Lecture by Sylvanna Falcon, UC Santa Cruz
4:30pm, Collins Cinema, Wellesley College
Free and Open to the Public


2017 Domna Stanton Lecture
Lecture by Sealing Cheng, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
"The Choreography of Love in Limbo: Intimacy for Asylum-seekers in Hong Kong"
4:30pm, Collins Cinema, Wellesley College

Free and Open to the Public


October 22, 2015, 4:30pm

Lecture by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Professor Ethnic Studies and Gender & Women's Studies
Director, Center for Race and Gender
University of California, Berkeley
"Foundational Violence: U.S. Settler Colonial Articulations of Race, Gender, and Sexuality"
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2014 - Lecture  by Carole Vance, Associate Professor at Columbia University Medical Center of Sociomedial Sciences, October 8, 2014 - 4:30pm
Consent in the Dark: Good Sex, Universities, and the State


2013 - Dean Spade: “Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law”


2012 - Anne-Emanuelle Birn: “Women/Gender and International/Global Health: Convenience, Co-optation, and Co-Production”


2011 - Anne Fausto-Sterling: “Gender, Sexuality and the Problem of Memory”


2009 - Vicki Ruiz: “Of Poetics and Politics” The Border Journeys of Luisa Moreno


2008- Nov. - “Still Loving in the (Still) War Years”—A reading of new works by Cherrie Moraga


2008 - April  Charlotte Bunch: “Women’s Rights and Human Rights”


2007 - Carole Vance: “Juanita/Svetlana/Geeta


2007, Nov 17 - Jody Heymann “Global Families and Social Policies: The Crisis Facing Children and Working Parents in the Global Economy”


2006 - Callie Crossley and Diane McWhorter:  “Social Amnesia and the Civil Rights Movement”


2005 - Catherine Powell: “Women and Human Rights after 9/11”


2004 - Sharon Hayes: “Women, Work and Citizenship”


2003 - Chandra Talpade Mohanty: “Feminism without Borders: The Politics of Transnational Feminism”


2002 - Joan Tronto: “The Nanny Question in Feminism”


2001 - Evelyn Hammond: “Race, Gender and Medicine”