Feminists Against Academic Discrimination (F.A.A.D.) helps women faculty, especially those associated with women’s studies programs and departments, who are subjected to different types of academic discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

Scale of JusticePlease support F.A.A.D. in providing assistance to women faculty who experience academic discrimination by making a donation. To make a donation, please send an e-mail message to sharon@teichmangallery.com.
In sisterhood, THANK YOU!

Fundraising Dinner

Fundraising Dinner Picture

The 26th Anniversary F.A.A.D. Fund Raising Dinner took place June 28, 2007 in St. Charles, Illinois,the site of the NWSA Conference. Dr. Graciela Chichilnisky, UNESCO Chair of Mathematics and Economics and Prof. of Statistics at Columbia University-New York (standing) was the guest speaker and recipient of the “SPEAKING OUT FOR JUSTICE” Award for her struggle to help women faculty gain equity at her institution.


Please join us at the 2015 NWSA Conference, Nov. 12-15,2015 in Milwaukee, WI, Hotel Milwaukee City Center and Wisconsin Center. We are co-sponsoring a round table for faculty and activists whose interests include the just and fair treatment of women in academe.  We also have a table in the Book Exhibit—please visit!  And we will hold our FAAD Business Meeting, see schedule below

FAAD Round Table: Student/Faculty Precarity in Conflict Zones On/Off Campus
Losing Academic Freedom and Free Speech

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Caucus and the South Asian Feminist Caucus,
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, 3-4:15 pm, Wisconsin Center 202C.

Precarity intensifies during rising Islamphobia and anti-Semtism, everywhere sex/gender/race/class/visa status/dissertation status/physical-emotional dis/ability and family responsibility across continents intersect.  These intersectionalities further corporate academies’ “structural violence”:  betraying public good, stigmatizing some students and faculty as less worthy, obstructing intellectual needs of academic freedom and freedom of speech, and preventing women’s studies from achieving political goals integral to the field.  Does speaking truth to power further create resisters as vulnerable “sites of precarity”?  Are fears signs of internalized oppression?  What do genocide and terror zones past and present, people’s movements and their academic and professional organizations teach about safeguarding our freedoms?

Moderator, Sejal Sutaria, Marie Curie Fellow, Kings College, London 2015

Round Table Participants

Sharon Leder, Coordinator of FAAD and scholar of the Nazi Holocaust, will speak about the impact of genocide and zones of terror past and present on the freedom of expression of students and faculty, both Jewish and non-Jewish.

Alka Kurian, member South Asian Feminist Caucus, describes forms of self-censoring among Pakistani family/victims of 1947 partition trauma.

Pramila Venkateswaran, Member FAAD Executive Board and South Asian Feminist Caucus, will explore the kinds of vulnerabilities international faculty have experienced gaining tenure in the US within the post-9/11 context of rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and how this impacts women’s studies departments.

Janet Freedman, Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women’ Studies Research Center and author of the recent Reclaiming the Feminist Vision: Consciousness-Raising and Small Group Practice will explore the complexities of “free” speech.

Penny Rosenwasser, author of Hope Into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears and California scholar/activist, will speak about the targeting of Muslim & Arab students at UC Davis last year, connected to the issues of academic freedom and free speech — and as related to Islamophobia and accusations of anti-Semitism on campus.

Robyn Epstein, chair of Jewish Caucus, will speak about her experiences as an instructor, sometimes “precariously” situated in relationship to the ideas she teaches and the pedagogical aims in the classroom: maintaining classroom congeniality while teaching topics that seemingly disturb and offend, like controversial dimensions to white supremacy and racisms, queerness, or capitalism. Related, she will discuss and problematize how she is situated in the larger university context, being white and being sought out by students of color to teach/discuss topics about race in the U.S. and related history.

FAAD Business Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, 9:30-10:45 am, Hilton Milwaukee Mitchell

Please visit the FAAD Table in the Book Exhibit!