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Celebrating Clayman Conversations: Our 10th Event

The first Clayman Conversations event, Whisper Networks, in 2019

With our Oct. 12 event, "Criminalizing Pregnancy," the Clayman Institute marks a milestone in our Clayman Conversations event series. Since launching in 2019 under the leadership of Director Adrian Daub, the Clayman Conversations series has presented 10 events to the Stanford community and beyond.

The series brings together feminist scholars, activists, and writers who are driving timely conversations in their fields to examine contemporary realities through an intersectional lens. “With Clayman Conversations, the Institute has been able to respond to emerging and urgent topics, as well as more timeless issues,” said Daub. 

The 2021 event on Anti-Asian violence came together in just a few weeks following the shooting at a massage parlor in Atlanta, examining both historic, white supremacist influences and the contemporary realities of sex trafficking and racial profiling. The recent War on Drag event responded to the proliferation of anti-drag legislation in various states, offering perspectives from trans scholars as well as legal experts. 

Both of those events were offered online. The first two Clayman Conversations events occurred in person, with subsequent events online by necessity during pandemic lockdowns. Both formats have proved successful. “While we are grateful to gather again as a community for in-person events, we also appreciated the inclusivity of online events that brought us both speakers and audience members we would have otherwise missed,” said Daub.

For each event, the Clayman Institute has provided written coverage through our Gender News newsletter and our website. Most are available as online videos or podcasts as well. Please plan to join us for "Criminalizing Pregnancy," the 10th Clayman Conversations on Oct. 12, in person at Tresidder Union, and for the next event (online) on Nov. 14, “Why Indigenous Land Back is a Feminist Issue.” Learn more about the series and subscribe to Gender News or follow us on social media to be notified of future events.

Past events:

  • The War on Drag, May 3, 2023
  • Silenced: How America's Love Affair with the NDA Protects Workplace Predators, October 27, 2021
  • Anti-Abortion Movements and the Future of Roe v. Wade, October 5, 2021
  • Anti-Asian Violence at the Intersection of Gender and White Supremacy, March 29, 2021
  • Departmentalize Now! The Imperative for African and African American Studies, September 9, 2020
  • The TERF Industrial Complex: Transphobia, Feminism and Race, August 26, 2020
  • Debate Me! Online Debate Culture from a Feminist Perspective, August 12, 2020
  • Working Girls: Feminist Views on Sex Work, February 25, 2020
  • Whisper Networks: On the Feminist Function of Rumor, November 7, 2019