Category: Public Events

All UNSUITABLE events are free and open to the public. We welcome members of the the Duke and Durham community to come and take part in our discussions.

Spring 2020 UNSUITABLE Event Schedule

The 2020 UNSUITABLE Series speakers have been announced!  Join us this spring for exciting, informative and fun conversations with:   February 5th – Kimberly Whalen, president of The Whalen Agency March 16 – Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha at Last April 1 – Deborah Fletcher Mello, author of Reunited by the Badge April 13 – Heather Demetrios, author of Little… Read more →

Our Spring ’17 Speakers are Here!

Join us on Duke’s West campus in January and February for three wonderful FREE & PUBLIC conversations about publishing, fiction and romance: January 25, 6:30pm – “Marketing Digital Fiction” with HarperCollins Publishers’ Shawn Nicholls, Associate Publisher February 8, 6:30pm – “Romance, Shakespeare & Popular Appeal” with New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James and Executive in Residence at Duke, John… Read more →

Spring 2016 “UNSUITABLE” Series Speakers

Join us this Spring for a lineup of wonderful speakers and conversations about fiction, feminism, masculinity, and diversity in the world of romance fiction. Our events begin on February 3rd with Dabney Grinnan, publisher of the website All About Romance, discussing feminism and the romance blogosphere, and continue on February 24th with New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean chatting… Read more →

Welcome to the Conversation

Why UNSUITABLE? Women’s activities — both entertainment and employment — are often considered less serious or less important than men’s. Often they’re even deemed unworthy pursuits, unsuitable for women to engage in and enjoy. Women regularly find themselves justifying their choices and preferences at great length or, alternately, hiding them. In the realm of entertainment, nowhere is this more obvious than in the fiction many women choose… Read more →