Each year, Alfred University hosts the Elizabeth Hallenbeck Riley and Charles P. Riley Lectureship in Women's Studies. Charles Riley and Elizabeth Hallenbeck Riley were AU graduates (Charles in 1935 and Elizabeth in 1936). Elizabeth was a local activist involved in women's rights issues. Their daughters, Pamela Riley Osborn ('62), Patricia A. Riley ('65), and Melissa Riley generously sponsored the lecture series in memory of their parents. The Riley sisters' gift is a completion of the memorial Charles Riley had planned for his wife but had not completed before his death.
At the inaugural lecture in April 1996, Karen Porter, former director of the Women's and Gender Studies program, noted that the lectureship "validates the work of women's studies. It reaffirms our sense of community, and it helps make that community visible."
"Breaking Gender and Cultural Boundaries: A Conversation with World-Renowned Percussionist Valerie Naranjo"
Professor of Law
"Sex, Gender, and Civil Liberties on American College Campuses"
Kathleen Basile, Ph.D., 1991 Graduate
Lead Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control
"Sexual Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control: Examining the Gendered Nature of Sexual Violence and the Importance of Public Health"
Liz Abzug, Ph.D.
Professor of Urban Studies at Barnard College/ Columbia University
"Women, Power and Politics in the 21st Century"
Hédia Ouertani-Khadar Ph.D.
Professor of French Literature and Civilization at the University of Tunis
"North African Women: Arab Spring, Tunisian Revolution Activits and Women's Rights Warriors"
DeAnne Smith, 1998 Graduate
"Amusing, Alliterative Title: Then a String of Academic Words like "Paradigm", "Mechanism", and "Identity" (or how Feminists can be Funny)
Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa
"Girls Going Wild: Facts and Myths about Girls's Violence"
Leisa D. Meyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History and American Studies at the College of William and Mary
"Speaking Sex: Woman 'Talking Back' about Sexual Knowledge"
Award-winning director of theatre and opera
"The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty: A Woman Director in American Theatre"
Director, ACCESS Project at Hamilton College
"Poverty, Higher Education, and the Politics of Representation"
Rose De Carlo '56 Danella
Clinical Research Specialist, Institute of Human Virology
"Scientific Discovery: People, Politics, and Pressures"
Vivian Lowery Derryck
Senior Vice President and Director of Public-Private Partnerships, Academy for Educational Development
"Forgotten Wars, Abandoned Lives: Reclaiming Peace in the 21st Century"
Ruth Perry, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature and Founder of Women's and Gender Studies Program at MIT
"Novel Relations: The Transformation of Kinship in Eighteenth-Century
Susan Cahill, Ph.D.
Writer, editor, professor of English
"Brave Women Writing: Voices That Could Change Your Life"
Victoria Elizabeth Wells, M.D., Dr. P.H.
Director, ENABLE Project, Centre for Development and Population Activities
"Population, Power, and Progress: How Women in Developing Countries are Champions for Change"
Co-Administrator for the Program on Corporations,
Law and Democracy
"An Environmentalist Comes of Age: The Patriarchal
Corporations' Assault on Everything Good Under the Sun"
Patricia A. Riley
Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney for Legislation
U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia "
"Dangerous Liaisons: Sex, Substance Abuse, and
Professor of Journalism, City College of New York
"Mammy No Mo': Women of Color Creating Positive
Identity in a Hostile Culture"
Pulitzer Prize history nominee
J.N.G. Finley Fellow at George Mason University
Fellow with National Museum of American History
"First Women: Power, Image and Politics from Eleanor
Roosevelt to Hillary Rodham Clinton"
Lecturer, author, and clinician
"From Legacy to Choice: Healing the Effects of
Ronnie J. Steinberg, Ph.D.
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program and Professor of Sociology
"The Economic War Against Women: The Material Bases of
Rhetoric and the Politics of Containment"