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Past Jing Lyman Lectures


Launched in 2011, the Jing Lyman Lecture Series honors trailblazers for gender equality.

Katha Pollitt

Katha Pollitt

Katha Pollitt, the award-winning writer for The Nation, is one of the most popular and widely read feminist pundits in the country.  In her regular “Subject to Debate” column, which the Washington Post hailed as “the best place to go for original thinking on the Left,” Pollitt tackles a wide range of topics with humor and keen insight.  She has written essays for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New York Times, and has appeared on NPR's Fresh Air and All Things ConsideredCharlie RoseThe McLaughlin Group, CNN, Dateline NBC and the BBC.  She is the author of several collections of personal essays; her most recent books include Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories (2007) and her second collection of poetry, The Mind-Body Problem (2009).  Pollitt was awarded the American Book Award's "Lifetime Achievement" prize, celebrating her contributions both as an essayist and a poet.  Born in New York City, she was educated at Harvard and the Columbia School of the Arts.

To read the Gender News article on Katha's talk, click here.

Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem


For over four decades Gloria Steinem has been at the forefront of the women’s movement as a journalist, publisher, author, and political activist. She is the co-founder and first editor of Ms. Magazine, and was instrumental in founding a dozen other women’s organizations including the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Women’s Action Alliance, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Ms. Foundation for Women, Choice USA, and the Women’s Media Center. Beyond the women’s movement, Steinem has been active internationally working for civil rights, gay rights, and animal rights; and in anti-war movements. She is the author of seven books, and the subject of two biographies.

To read the Gender News article about Gloria's talk, click here.

To watch the iTunes recording of Gloria's talk, click here (see videos #3, 4, & 5).

To access the Gloria Steinem Video and Discussion Guide, click here.

Sheryl Sandberg


Sheryl Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, and the author of bestselling book Lean In. At Facebook, she oversees the firm's business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, where she built and managed the online sales channels for advertising and publishing and operations for consumer products worldwide. She was also instrumental in launching, Google’s philanthropic arm. Before Google, Sheryl served as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton where she helped lead the Treasury’s work on forgiving debt in the developing world.  Earlier, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an economist with the World Bank.  Sheryl received a B.A. summa cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and was awarded the John H. Williams Prize for the top graduating student in economics.  She received an MBA with highest distinction from the Harvard Business School.  Sheryl serves on the boards of The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development and V-Day.  

To read the Gender News article about Sheryl's talk, click here

To watch her full speech, click here

Paula Giddings

Paula Giddings


Paula Giddings Paula J. Giddings currently holds the position of Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Afro-American Studies at Smith College.  She is also the editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. Before attaining her current position at Smith, she had taught at Spelman College, where she was a United Negro Fund Distinguished Scholar; Douglass College/Rutgers University as the Laurie Chair in Women’s Studies; and Princeton and Duke Universities. Ms. Giddings has published four books: When and Where I Enter: The Impact on Black Women on Race and Sex in America; In Search of Sisterhood, Delta Sigma Theta and the Challenge of the Black Sorority Movement; Burning All Illusions, (editor) an anthology of articles on race published by the Nation magazine from 1867 to 2000; and Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching. Ms. Giddings is a former book editor and journalist who has written extensively on international and national issues and has been published by the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeune Afrique (Paris), and The Nation among other publications.