University of Chicago Women's Board

Our Programs

Women’s Board Annual Dinner
Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Supreme Court and the Overturning of Roe v. Wade

The Rubenstein Forum Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law, will discuss the history of Abortion, the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v Wade, and its recent decision in the Dobbs case, which overruled Roe.  He will also comment briefly on a few of the Court’s other recent decisions to give a sense of where the current Court is headed.


Women’s Board October Luncheon
Wednesday, October 19, 2022

                          January 6 and the Rise of Violent American Populism                      

Robert A. Pape, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), will present research findings on the demographics, attitudes and social connections of those who participated in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol, and the emergence of a new force in American politics – a mass political movement that has violence at its core.  Pape will discuss implications of this movement on the 2022 midterm elections and on American democracy at large.


Women’s Board November Luncheon
Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope and a Sharper View of Life and the Universe

Wendy L. Freedman, the John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College will discuss the development and deployment of NASA’s new flagship telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), what astronomers are learning from its images, and how the JWST enhances knowledge about the history of the universe and origins of life.


Women’s Board February Luncheon
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

From Science Fiction to Reality in Organ Transplantation

Rolf N. Barth, Professor of Surgery and Director of Kidney, Pancreas, and Liver Transplantation at the University of Chicago Medicine Transplant Institute will speak about remarkable advances in organ transplantation including hand and face transplantation, uterus transplantation, and experimental use of animal organs for human transplantation. He will additionally discuss the historic and current unique roles that the University of Chicago has played in surgical advances in living donor transplantation.