“All those sleepless nights and dirty diapers and baby food in your hair–where’s the discursive construction of motherhood when you need it?”
–Catherine Newman

Higher Education could be an enormously family-friendly environment, a model for other workplaces, but the academy is failing, and women are leaving. Join contributors to Mama, PhD in readings and conversation about the challenges and joys of trying to reconcile body and brain as they navigate academic careers.

Moms’ Night Out
Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

A lively conversation about the struggle and juggle of motherhood today. Free and open to the public.

Join Samantha Parent Walravens, editor of the new anthology, Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood; Caroline M. Grant, editor-in-chief of Literary Mama and co-editor of Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life; and Stacey Delo, a Wall Street Journal editor and founder of Discussion Divas.

The 2009 Stanton/Anthony Conversations: Mothers as Leaders: Contradictions & Challenges
The University of Rochester
October 9, 1:15-2:30 PM

Join Mama, PhD coeditor Elrena Evans in conversation with author Judith Warner and filmmaker Pamela Tanner Boll at the University of Rochester this Friday, October 9th.

Location: Interfaith Chapel
Room: Sanctuary
Cost: FREE

Judith Warner is the author of several best-selling works, including Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety; Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story; You Have the Power: How to Take Back Our Country; and Restore Democracy in America (with Howard Dean). She writes the New York Times blog Domestic Disturbances and has written for Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Elle magazine.

Pamela Tanner Boll is an artist and director of the film
Who Does She Think She Is?, which follows five women artists as they navigate the economic, psychological, and spiritual challenges of making work outside the elite art world.

Elrena Evans is co-editor of Mama, Ph.D: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life.

Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership

Mama, PhD is also at the following conferences:

American Society of Criminology (ASC)
November 4-7, 2009, Philadelphia, PA

American Anthropological Association (AAA)
December 2-6, Philadelphia, PA

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)
December 20-22, 2009, Los Angeles, CA

Past Events

Valley Forge, PA, Barnes & Noble
October 11, 1:00pm

Elrena Evans reading with Laura Levitt and Miriam Peskowitz

San Francisco, LitCrawl
October 11, 7:15pm

Caroline Grant reading (with Literary Mama columnists) at Beauty Bar

New York City, Bluestockings Bookstore
October 20, 7pm

Jennifer Cognard-Black, Nicole Cooley, Elrena Evans, Caroline Grant, and Susan O’Doherty reading

New York City, KGB Bar
October 21, 7:15pm

Jennifer Cognard-Black, Nicole Cooley, Elrena Evans, Caroline Grant, and Susan O’Doherty reading

San Francisco, City Visions Radio
October 27, 7:30pm

Caroline Grant in conversation with Joan Williams and Mary Ann Mason

University Park, PA, Penn State campus
October 28th, 11:30-12:30pm

Brown bag lunch and discussion, 132 Engineering East
Elrena Evans, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, and Sheila Squillante

University Park, PA, Penn State Bookstore
October 28, 1:00-3:00pm

Elrena Evans, Julia Spicher Kasdorf and Sheila Squillante

Lewisburg, PA, Bucknell University
October 28, Reception 5:00pm, Panel 5:30-7:30

Elrena Evans, Julia Spicher Kasdorf, and Anjalee Deshpande Nadkarni

Berkeley, University Press Books
November 13, 6:00pm

Caroline Grant, Lisa Harper, Jennifer Eyre White and Irena Smith reading

Cleveland, OH, Joseph-Beth Booksellers
December 3rd, 6:00-9:00pm

Rosemarie Emanuele and Natalie Kertes Weaver reading

Bethlehem, PA, The Moravian Book Shop
December 4th, 6:30pm

Elrena Evans signing books

Valley Forge, PA, Barnes & Noble
December 18th, 7:00pm

Elrena Evans signing books

Mama, PhD at the Modern Language Association Conference
Sunday, December 28th after 3:15 P.M.
and Monday, December 29th from 2-3 P.M.

Drop by the Inside Higher Ed booth, where Caroline Grant will be handing out buttons and talking about the book.

Chicago, Women & Children First bookstore
February 13, 7pm

Caroline Grant reading (with other Literary Mama editors)

St. Mary’s College of Maryland:
Caution: Women At Work (Tenth Annual Women Studies Colloquium)
March 24, 8pm

Jennifer Cognard-Black, Della Fenster and Libby Gruner reading

Richmond, VA, University of Richmond
April 8th, 4 pm
Brown-Alley Room

Jennifer Cognard-Black, Della Fenster, Caroline Grant, and Libby Gruner reading and discussing issues raised by the book.

Durham, NC, Duke University
April 9th and 10th, noon-1:30 PM
0014 Westbrook

Join Caroline Grant, Alissa McElreath, Susan O’Doherty, and Jean-Anne Sutherland for a reading and panel discussion. For more information, please visit the Duke website.

Riverside, CA, UC Riverside
May 20th, 3-6 PM

Join Dana Campbell, Caroline Grant and Aeron Haynie for a reading and panel discussion.
Room 367 of the HUB (Highlander Union Building, formerly known as the commons)
The presentation will be followed by pizza, book signing, and information booths on campus resources for parents (child development center, student health center insurance, counseling center, TA union, health insurance for children)