Seehra Lecture Series: Dr. Cardozo on Women, Work, and Life in the Wild New World

Dr. Karen Cardozo gave a talk titled “Behaving Badly, Balancing Glady; Women, Work, and Life in the Wild New World” on Thursday, March 23rd.  In our vastly shifting sociopolitical and economic climate, this “wild new world”, as defined by Martha Beck as a rise in entrepreneurship, design thinking, and interdisciplinarity, the talk was an insightful and informative one giving unique advice on designing a genuine life.

Cari Carpenter, Women and Gender Studies Interim Director and Associate Professor of English, opened the evening with a brief welcome followed by Katy Ryan, Associate Professor of English at West Virginia University and Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Outstanding Teaching, who introduced Dr. Cardozo as hard-working, accomplished, and a dear friend.

By outlining the differences between the social self and authentic self, Ms Cardozo stressed the importance of aligning career decisions with the needs and wants of one’s authentic self and argued that while previously the social self was valued in the workplace, the new economic climate favors the creativity and ingenuity of the authentic self. She concluded with the importance of keeping one’s options open and exploring a wide variety of careers.

Dr. Cardozo has published on feminist science studies, pedagogy, the academic profession, and a host of other topics. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Coordinator of Women’s Studies and Leadership Studies at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. In addition to these roles, Dr. Cardozo is the founder of Leap Here Consulting, which specializes in doctoral career coaching and higher education reform, as well as an affiliation with The Professor Is In. She is currently writing her book: Careering Toward Authenticity: A Guide for Academics Who Need to Get A Life.

The event was part of the inaugural Seehra Lecture, a lecture series endowed by Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Physics Mohindar Seehra for the professional development of women, sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, Department of English, Department of History, and Graduate Education and Life.