WWS Calendar

Debora L. Spar: “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection"

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Debora L. Spar, President of Barnard College at Columbia University; author, “Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection"

Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College at Columbia University and author of “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection,” will present a public talk at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. A book sale/signing and public reception will follow the talk in Shultz Dining room. This is a ticketed event.

Spar will discuss her new book, “Wonder Women.” In it, she argues that women have made great strides in the struggle for power but now face the hyper-perfect images of working mothers and idealized notions of having it all.

Spar became the seventh president of Barnard College on July 1, 2008. Since her arrival at the College, she has been a vocal proponent of women’s education and leadership, spearheading initiatives that include the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the theory and practice of women's leadership, and Barnard’s Global Symposium series, an annual gathering of high-profile and accomplished female leaders held each year in a different region of the world.

A political scientist by training, Spar’s scholarly research focuses on issues of international political economy. She is the author of numerous books, including “Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Invention, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet” (2001); and “The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception” (2006).

*Tickets will be available to Princeton University students, faculty, staff and the general public on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office on Tuesday, March 04. Distribution will continue while supplies last on Wednesday, March 05, beginning at 12 noon. For those unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Wednesday, March 05, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will be simulcast in Bowl 016.