Great Expectations: Dreams of Choice, Sex, and Beauty at the Edge of the Feminist Era

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
6:00pm-7:30pm
Uris Hall, Room 142, Columbia University
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Please join the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Program and Barnard College's Athena Center for Leadership Studies for

Great Expectations: Dreams of Choice, Sex, and Beauty at the Edge of the Feminist Era
A conversation with Debora Spar, President, Barnard College

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Business School
Uris Hall, Room 326 (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)
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Join Debora Spar as she discusses choice, sex, and beauty at the edge of the feminist era, and gives us a preview of her new book, Great Expectations.

In her upcoming book, Debora Spar, the President of Barnard College, examines what was supposed to happen to women as a result of the feminist revolution and what has befallen them instead.  Drawing upon an unusual mix of data, theory, popular culture, and personal anecdote, Spar, the author of seven books and a former professor at Harvard Business School, argues that the liberation that generations of women fought for and won has, in many ways, proven as much a burden as a blessing.  For while the feminist and sexual revolutions of the 1960s undeniably created opportunities for women that their grandmothers could not have imagined, they also, ironically, imposed new burdens upon women and girls and new expectations that now co-exist uneasily with the ones that never went away.

Debora L. Spar became the 11th leader of Barnard College, and its seventh president, on July 1, 2008. A political scientist by training, her research focuses on issues of international political economy, examining how rules are established in new or emerging markets and how firms and governments together shape the evolving global economy.  Spar is the author of numerous books, including most recently Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Invention, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet and The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.