Lillis is the author of the feminist novels, i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000) & Magenta’s Adventures Underground (WLK, 2004). She is Program Assistant for the Cultural Studies Program, and a 2009 MLIS graduate of the School of Information Sciences.
“Karen Lillis writes with a cadence and a rhythm that are hypnotic….The Second Elizabeth celebrates what my theologian father called ‘the mystery in the ordinary.’ ”
Eckhard Gerdes, Journal of Experimental Fiction
"...A novel of simplicity as well as survival, and the often untouched-upon intimacy of these two concepts....With The Second Elizabeth, the coming-of-age novel grows up."
Kelsey Burke and Amy McDowell (PhD students, Sociology and Women's Studies)
2201 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
In this presentation, Kelsy Burke and Amy McDowell will examine two forms of mediated contemporary Protestant evangelicalism in the United States: a Christian punk network, called Misfits United, and a women’s group studying Beth Moore’s bible study, It’s Tough Being a Woman.
They have found that while these cases’ conceptualizations of spirituality provide discursive space to discuss gender in nontraditional ways, they ultimately reinforce gender hierarchies and heterosexuality by grounding their notions of gender on biology, rather than the divine.
Free and open to the public. Graduate students are encouraged to attend. Pizza will be provided!
Using photographs and literary texts, Puri will address the gains women made during the Grenada Revolution, the limits within which those gains operated, splits within the women's movement, ongoing struggles over how the politics of gender in that period are to be remembered, and the impact of the Grenada Revolution on the Caribbean regional women's movement.