From a UNCG Campus Weekly article:
Charlotte Bunch, founding director and senior scholar at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, will present this year’s Duncan Women’s History Month Lecture at UNCG.
It will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 4 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room, Alumni House. Her talk is titled “Women’s Human Rights Globally: A Retrospective 20 Years After the UN World Conferences in Vienna, Cairo, and Beijing.”
Community historian Linda Evans recently offered UNCG Women's & Gender Studies Students five free tickets to a luncheon and lecture in honor of International Women's Day. WGS students Lori Durham, Wanda Wallace, Nicole Simmons, Tonya Doane and Arnis Boschulte attended and represented our program at the March 8th, 2013 event.
"Greensboro women have been, and still are, an important part of our nation's history," says Greensboro Historical Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart. The event focused on the histories of three well-known Greensboro women: Willa Player, first woman president of Bennett College, first woman in the US to head a four-year college, and a supporter of the sit-in movement (pictured above, with Thurgood Marshall during his visit to Bennett); Tabitha Holton, first woman to be admitted to the North Carolina Bar; and Dolley Madison, first lady of the United States.
Dr. Linda Beatrice Brown, Willa B. Player Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Bennett College and niece of Player, spoke on the book she wrote about her aunt's presidency. Museum Director Carol Ghiorsi Hart discussed First Lady Dolley Madison from an anthropologist's perspective, and Community Historian Linda Evans shared the little-known story of Tabitha Holton, who helped her brothers study for the bar, which fuled her determination to become a lawyer herself.
"It was wonderful to hear about three powerful and inspiring women just as I am finishing my PhD and preparing for life as Dr. Wallace," said Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations (ELC) doctoral student and WGS Certificate student, Wanda Wallace. "I really appreciated that the Historical Museum offered tickets to WGS students to participate in this important program." Wallace recently defended her dissertation on issues of "colorism," and will graduate in May with a doctorate in ELC and a graduate certificate in WGS.
Community Historian Linda Evans, who planned the event, said, "The UNCG WGS students who attended were delightful and it was a pleasure having them at the museum. The program by Dr. Linda Brown inspired all of us in the audience." Thanks to the Historical Museum for including WGS students in this interesting event!
Dr. Danielle Bouchard's book A Community of Disagreement: Feminism in the University received a favorable review in the well-known journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. According to reviewer Nick Mitchell, her monograph, "offers a rigorous but friendly critique of the ways in which feminism's academic discourse on its own institutionality is overwritten by 'the general understanding of difference as a problem, one that requires a definitive solution (5)' (742)."
Coincidentally, Program Administrator Isabell Moore met reviewer Nick Mitchell at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) conference in November 2012. He was excited to meet someone from UNCG because he had appreciated Dr. Bouchard's book so much, so a picture of him is featured at the end of the article on the NWSA trip.
Carrie Hart, a graduate of the WGS MA program and a current student in the UNCG Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations PhD program, has teamed up with filmmaker Rick Dillwood, to produce the web series "Keepin' It Queer."
The most recent episode, "Performativity," was released on February 20th and features Marla Sutherland, current WGS MA student; Sarah Colonna, WGS MA alum and current ELC PhD student and WGS instructor; Michelle Powell, current WGS instructor and ELC PhD student; as well as Ava Johnson, who works in the UNCG Registrar's office.
According to the website, "KiQ is a non-fiction web series that explores the idea of queerness as it manifests in various cultural patterns and practices." Beth Walker, WGS Lecturer who teaches many of the Intro to WGS classes and advises WGS majors and minors, says, "We are so proud of Carrie for creating this video series! It will most certainly be a wonderful teaching tool for WGS classrooms at UNCG and even around the country."
Wooten Gough, a WGS major known for his activism about immigrant rights and queer issues, was profiled in YES! Weekly as part of their Valentine's Day issue.
The Valentine's Day parade for social justice that he helped organize was also written up in the Greensboro News & Record.
We are proud that Wooten and so many of our WGS students are so engaged in the community, and use what they have learned in the classroom to advocate for positive changes in the world!
Over one-third of recent UNCG Excellence Award Recipeinets were WGS-affiliated. Out of fourteen faculty and staff members honored with Excellence Awards, five of them were WGS Faculty or WGS Affiliates.
Those celebrated included: Kathy Crowe, Karen Kilcup, Jody Natalle, Susanne Rinner & Hephzibah Roskelly. All have nice videos about their important achievements!
Here's the complete list:
Click on individual names and titles to view videos of each of the recipients.
Fun at the WGS Holiday Potluck
On December 7th, 2012, WGS hosted a potluck at the home of the WGS Director, Ann Dils, for all interested individuals associated with the program.
Students Recreate Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party"
When Dr. Lisa Levenstein asked members of her 500-level course, "Feminist Politics in Recent U.S. History," to choose a topic for their end-of-semester presentation, MA student Laura Malloy and undergraduate WGS major Derrick Foust decided to study the feminist art movement of the 1970s and 1980s. This grassroots movement sought to challenge male-centered ideas about what constitutes art, increase the representation of women artists in mainstream galleries, and develop alternative venues for the showing of women's work.
MA Alum Rebecca Mann was recently elected as the new President of the Friends of WGS group, which works to advocate and fundraise for the WGS program. She was also recently mentioned in the Greensboro News & Record, drawing attention to her accomplishments and the recent profile of her in Ms. magazine.
Deana Coble, who served as the Friends of WGS president for the last several years, plans to stay invovled as an active supporter of WGS.
UNCG WGS Goes to NWSA
MA Alum and current Kinesiology PhD student Casey Buss, WGS Director Ann Dils, and WGS Program Administrator Isabell Moore all attended the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) conference in Oakland from November 8-11, 2012.
Laila Nur, a Greensboro musician who performed at the WGS Open house in September, 2012, was recently featured on NPR's The State of Things!
Her participation in the Open House got lots of positive feedback and we hope to collaborate with her more. We'll be able to say "we knew her when" as she gets better and better known around the country!
Dr. Mark Rifkin, an associate professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at UNCG, has won the prestigious John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for best book in American Studies in 2011 from the American Studies Association.
"When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty," published by Oxford University Press, was chosen from all eligible books published in 2011. The book explores the complex relationship between contested U.S. notions of normality and shifting forms of Native American governance and self-representation.
As a result he was recently interviewed on WUNC's The State of Things about his work.
UNCG Women's & Gender Studies MA Alum Featured in Ms. Magazine
The Fall 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine featured UNCG WGS MA program alum Rebecca Mann's experience during her studies here. The article describes the current state of Women's Studies programs within the academy and explores students' experiences within the field.
The Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is proud to host the 2013 Southeastern Women's Studies Association (SEWSA) conference, April 18-20, 2013. Academics, activists, and artists will come together to explore the diverse histories, theories, and actions that inspire social change and that have and will transform interdisciplinary study of women, gender, sexuality, and other means of understanding social experience. Proposals accepted until November 30, 2012. For more information: email@example.com
Discourses, Practices, and Politics of Protest and Social Transformation
Call for Papers and Submissions
Women’s and Gender Studies Facebook page reaches 500 likes in the first week of the semester!
Are you one of the 500? WGS is in the process of refocusing its attention on social media. We appreciate your involvement with this process! Please go to UNCG Women’s and Gender Studies Facebook page and like us, so that you can stay informed. The page will be dedicated to informing the community about future WGS events and conferences, offering a forum for meaningful discussion, and many of other forms of media related to the interests of WGS. WGS welcomes anyone to join, even if you are not affiliated with the program but have an interest in WGS.
Dr. Danielle Bouchard, UNCG's first full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in WGS!
Dr. Danielle Bouchard, UNCG’s first full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, has shaped our program in profound ways. As one of a growing number of scholars with doctoral degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies, Danielle is in an ideal position to foster student research, enrich our curriculum, and make important national and international contributions to women’s and gender studies scholarship.
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Isabell Moore appointed WGS Program Administrator
Isabell Moore, who obtained her MA in Women's and Gender Studies from UNCG in 2009, now joins the program as the WGS Program Administrator.
Read a letter from Isabell >>