Women’s Center

Jill Raitt Lecture: “Pauli Murray’s Theological Legacy and Resources for a Common Freedom Struggle" with Sarah Azaransky of University of San Diego

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:20pm to 1:30pm
0016 Westbrook
Nikki Raye Rice (nikki.rice@duke.edu) or Logan Mehl-Laituri (logan.mehl.laituri@duke.edu)

The Duke Divinity Women's Center is sponsoring the annual Jill Raitt Lectures featuring Sarah Azaransky, a postdoctoral teaching fellow in theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Her lecture will be on “Pauli Murray’s Theological Legacy and Resources for a Common Freedom Struggle."

In 1977, Murray was the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, and in 2012 she was elevated to be an Episcopal saint. She is a native of Durham, N.C.

Azaransky's research focuses on religion in American public life, specifically on issues of citizenship, social justice, and civil rights. Her book, The Dream is Freedom: Pauli Murray and American Democratic Faith (2011) focuses on Murray, a critical figure at the intersection of the civil rights and women’s movements, who grounded her calls for democratic transformation in Christian concepts of reconciliation and the coming kingdom.

Every year, the Women's Center invites a distinguished speaker to the Divinity School. This annual formal lecture is in honor of Jill Raitt, the first tenured female faculty at the school.

"The Moral Urgency of Worker Justice" Lecture by Kim Bobo, Founder and Director, Interfaith Worker Justice

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
0014 Westbrook

Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization that mobilizes people of faith and work advocates in support of economic justice and worker rights at the local, state, and national levels.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Triangle-Area faith and labor leaders.

Strong Women/Strategic Performance: A Workshop on Physical and Vocal Presence in Presentation, Meetings, and Negotiations

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School
nikki.rice@duke.edu or (919) 660-3598

The Duke Divinity School Women's Center and the Duke School of Nursing will sponsor a workshop, "Strong Women/Strategic Performance." It will be led by Nancy Houfek, head of voice and speech at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University.

The workshop will encourage female faculty, staff and students at the Divinity School and the Nursing School to cultivate and use their professional voice including using body language effectively in professional settings, negotiating, and consensus building.

There will be two, three-hour sessions. The first one from 9 a.m. to noon will be for faculty and staff; the second one from 1-4 p.m. will be for students. Each session has space for 30 participants.

The workshop will include role-plays of participants’ personal experiences with negotiations and meetings. Coaching and replay of scenarios will also create a highly interactive, personal and powerful learning of the wide range of tactics available for success. 

This workshop will be an opportunity for women of the Divinity School to continue to explore what it means to have a strong voice in Christian ministry, whether through the church or the academy. 

Pre-register by Sept. 5 and indicate affiliation with either the Divinity School or the Nursing School.

"Rethinking Perfection" Brown Bag Lunch March 29

Monday, March 19, 2012

Amy Julia Becker will discuss her latest book.


The Center for Reconciliation, Women’s Center and Chaplain’s Office will host a brown bag lunch on “Rethinking Perfection” with author Amy Julia Becker March 29 at 12:20 p.m. in 0013 Westbrook.

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"Rethinking Perfection" Brown Bag Lunch with Author Amy Julia Becker

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 12:20pm to 1:20pm
0013 Westbrook
dolsongetty@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3593

The Duke Center for Reconciliation, the Divinity Women's Center, and the Divinity School Chaplain's Office will host a brown bag lunch featuring Amy Julia Becker speaking about how God used her daughter, Penny, who was born with Down syndrome, to help Becker rethink her idea of "perfection."

A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Becker is the author of "A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny." The book was named one of the top religion books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly.

Attendees may bring their lunch. Drinks will be provided. 

"Addressing Domestic Violence as the Church" Workshop with Dina Helderman

Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
0012 Westbrook
Women's Center (womenscenter@div.duke.edu)

The Women's Center at Duke Divinity School will host a workshop on "Addressing Domestic Violence as the Church" with Dina Helderman, who formerly worked at Summit House and the Durham Crisis Response Center. She is now  the operations director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.

This domestic violence training workshop will teach participants how to provide pastoral care to those affected by domestic violence, respond using Christian resources, and empower survivors, as well as work through actual case studies. 

Lunch will be provided.

Register by Feb. 7 to womenscenter@div.duke.edu.

"Women in Leadership" Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 12:15pm to 1:30pm
0014 Westbrook
cdavis@div.duke.edu or (919) 660-3599

The Methodist House and the Women's Center at Duke Divinity School are co-hosting a panel discussion on "Women in Leadership." Panelists will be the Rev. Donna Banks, director of Student Life at the Divinity School, a Duke Divinity alumnae, and an ordained elder; the Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller, a Garrett-Evangelical alumnae and an ordained elder; and the Revs. Leah Skaggs (an ordained elder) and Ginger Thomas, both Duke Divinity alumna.