Fall 2017 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2017

Lecture: “The Unkindest cut of All”: Coloniality, Performance and Gender in the Courtroom and Beyond"

October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Chloé Georás, University of Puerto Rico

Sponsored by the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Program, the Humanities Center, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, and Professor John Beverley. 

On June 23, 1993, in Manassas, Virginia, after years of physical and verbal abuse that, according to testimony, culminated in another episode of marital rape, Lorena Bobbit took an eight-inch red-handled steak knife from her kitchen and cut off the penis of her husband and ex-Marine, John Wayne Bobbitt. She drove off with the penis and later discarded it on a grassy lot, where it was recovered by a police rescue mission and succesfully reattached to her husband. John Wayne was tried and acquitted of marital rape charges. 

PACWC Lecture and Reception in Honor of New Women Faculty

October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Amanda Godley (School of Education)

Lecture: "Gender, Intersectionality, and Equity in U.S. Schools"

Hosted jointly by the Provost's Office and GSWS

Workshop on Transgender/Non-binary approaches to language teaching

October 20, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Club

Sponsored by: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; University Honors College; Center for Latin American Studies; European Studies Center; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; and Departments of French & Italian, German, Hispanic, and Linguistics

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Dr. Kris Knisely (The University of South Dakota) will discuss gender and sexual diversity as it relates to inclusive language teaching practices. He will provide a broad introduction to queering the language classroom and then, informed by the linguistic practices of non-binary individuals in France, he will focus particularly on how, as pedagogues, we are to address binary grammatical gender with students who have non-binary gender identities. A number of strategies for increasing inclusiveness and supporting diversity in the second language classroom will be presented, which we will then discuss together. This workshop will feature hands-on practice with inclusive materials selection, course, and curricular design.

Second Steering Committee Meeting

October 20, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30pm

General Lecture: Gayle Rubin (Michigan)

October 17, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Sponsored by the Year of Diversity/Provost, Humanities Center, Cultural Studies Program, and GSWS

Gay Sex and the Post-Industrial City: Leathermen and San Francisco's South of Market

Undergraduate Student Conversation with Gayle Rubin

October 17, 2017 - 2:30pm - 3:45pm

Gayle Rubin is an associate professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. For over three decades her essays have been mandatory readings for entire cohorts of students of gender and sexuality, making her one of the most influential scholars in feminist theory, gay and lesbian studies, sexuality studies and queer studies. A feminist and sex activist, she has also been a prominent advocate for a sex-positive feminism, for the civil rights of sexual minorities, and a defender of sexual diversity.

Graduate Student Conversation with Gayle Rubin

October 16, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Contact mesli@pitt.edu for more information and to register. 

Discussion-based Colloquium: Gayle Rubin (UMichigan)

October 16, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Sponsored by the Humanities Center.

A Short History of Perversion

Gayle Rubin Reading Group Session 2

October 12, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Room 407 Cathedral of Learning

In order to prepare for Rubin's visit, GSWS is offering two reading groups open to faculty and graduate students. These are meant as an invitation to read Rubin's less famous works, get re-familiarized with her two field-opening essays, and situate them in her broader trajectory over the past 40 years. 

Undergraduate event, “Black Masculinity and Intimacy: Discussing Jay-Z's 4:44 ”

October 11, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hosted by Gabby Yearwood (Anthro and GSWS)

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In Masculinity Studies it is well agreed that men make men. But what does this making look like? What is produced? How and when do men reflect on their making? What and where are the spaces that men share their making? What and where are the spaces they are made? In the recent release of Jay-Z’s album 4:44 we see black men reflecting on learning intimacy. This video will serve as a point of departure to engage in an open discussion on blackness, masculinity, and intimacy. Where it might fail but also where might it succeed. After a few introductory remarks, Dr. Yearwood will lead an open discussion on the experiences and process of learning intimacy amongst black men and what this might say about black masculinity. 

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