Skip to content Skip to navigation

Clayman Conversations

photo of Brown, Collier before crowd in Working Girls
Clayman Conversations is an event series that convenes feminist leaders who are driving timely conversations in their fields.

The event series was launched in 2019 by Director Adrian Daub as a way to bring together feminist scholars, activists and writers to discuss contemporary issues through an intersectional lens. Below, read stories or listen or view event recordings for recent Clayman Conversations events. Subscribe to Gender News and be notified of future events.

"Whisper Networks: On the Feminist Function of Rumor" brought together journalists Moira Donegan and Evette Dionne with Clayman Institute Director Adrian Daub to discuss the ways #MeToo and technological change have upended traditional hierarchies of information.

In "Working Girls: Feminist Views on Sex Work," Black Trans Women Inc. Director Diamond Collier joined Clayman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow Melissa C. Brown to discuss how capitalism and the state shape our gendered and racialized understandings of labor, race and sexuality.

Journalist Nhi Le joined writer and scholar Moira Weigel in the first online event in the series, examining online debate culture and the “debate me” bros and “reply guys” who demand women's attention and response and question their expertise.

In an event examining TERFs (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) and the strange fellow travelers their position has attracted, three scholars of gender and sexuality set out to think through the politics of trans exclusion, but ended up thinking through the energy and wonder of a trans inclusive feminism. 

An interdisciplinary panel of scholars that included Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Kimberly Thomas McNair, Aileen K. Robinson and Fabio Rojas joined Director Adrian Daub for “Departmentalize Now! The Imperative for African and African American Studies.” 

Scholars Elena Shih of Brown University and Lee Ann Wang of UCLA take a macro look at the state structures, cultural myths, historical legacies and global politics underlying the current climate of increased violence against Asian Americans.

Access to safe and legal abortion is rapidly declining across the U.S., and gains made by reproductive justice advocates are eroding. With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance, anti-choice organizers are continuing to gain momentum at federal and local levels. Speakers Melissa Murray and Jennifer Holland address the gender and racial dimensions of the fight for reproductive justice and how the far right uses abortion as a battering ram in the U.S.

Non-disclosure agreements are a powerful tool to silence survivors of sexual harassment and to uphold racist and sexist hierarchies in many workplaces. Straying from the original function to protect trade secrets, NDAs are now often used to shield powerful men from accountability. Speakers Ifeoma Ozoma, Gretchen Carlson and Julie Roginsky lead a timely discussion.