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Jane Block Lecturer Series

A generous donation by Jane Block, Riverside social activist and feminist, endowed a Feminist Theory in Action Speaker Series, which has enabled the department to invite distinguished scholars and prominent community activists to speak at UCR since 2008.

Block has been a resident of Riverside for 45 years and is well known locally as a much-honored feminist, children’s and environmental advocate. Among her many path-breaking and successful contributions toward social justice, she founded Alternatives to Domestic Violence and chaired the Riverside County Commission on the Status of Women. She was on the committee that led to the founding of the UCR’s Women’s Resource Center and has also served on the board of the Riverside County Child Care Consortium.

Jane Block Distinguished Lectures:

  • 2014: Banu Subramaniam (University of Massachusetts Amherst): “Alien ‘Bio’graphies: Race, Gender, and the Practice of Science”
  • 2012: Harriet Rosenberg (York University, Toronto, Canada): “Evidence for Caution: A Women’s Health Movement Perspective on Biomedicine and Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs”
  • 2010: Mily Treviño-Sauceda (Lideres Campesinas): “Campesinas’ Movement & the Power of the Collective”
  • 2008: Antonia Castañeda (St. Mary’s University): ““Lullabies y Canciones de Cuna: Embodying Chicana History”


Jane Block and Banu Subramaniam
Jane Block (left), with Professor Banu Subramaniam (2014)

Jane Block, Banu Subramaniam, and Richard Block
Jane Block, with Professors Banu Subramaniam
and Richard Block (UCR Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus), 2014.