Spring 2012 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh
Events

Spring 2012

WSP Film Series: "Unveiled" Director Angelina Maccarone (2005)

February 27, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Women's Studies Program

For more information about the series: http://pittqueerfemfilm.wordpress.com/public-film-series/

To learn about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0428672/

"Celebrate Pitt Women"

February 23, 2012 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
With Kathleen George (Professor of Theatre Arts and mystery author)

Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns

Kathleen George, Professor of Theatre Arts and author of mystery novels set in Pittsburgh, will talk about how she became a mystery writer, her books, and answer your questions.

This event is open to faculty, staff, post-docs, and students. Please invite your colleagues to join you. The University Club is at 123 University Place, near Fifth Avenue.

If you plan to attend, RSVP at women@pitt.edu by February 15, 2012.  

 

Kathleen George lives in Pittsburgh where she is a professor of theatre at the University of Pittsburgh. Her 2009 novel, The Odds, was nominated for an Edgar® award for best novel of the year by the Mystery Writers of America. She is also the author of the acclaimed novels, Taken, Fallen, Afterimage, and the newest, Hideout.  Her first long fiction publication was the short story collection, The Man in the Buick, though she had published scholarly theatrical books and articles and many short stories before that.

"Caribbean Queer: Desire, Dissidence and Constructions of Caribbean Subjectivity"

February 22, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Alison Donnell (English Literature, University of Reading, UK)

Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Department of English, Humanities Center, Charles Crow Program, Cultural Studies Program, University Honors College, Women's Studies Program, Global Studies Center, and the Literature Program

With response by Angelique V. Nixon

In recent years, some of the most urgent and highly charged public and political debates in the Anglophone Caribbean have centered on sexual citizenship. The acute homophobia of the dancehall has dominated national and international attention and crafted a region of intolerance and hate crimes. This talk opens up the terms on which Caribbean subjects can participate in global debates about sexuality by shifting discussions away from contesting homophobia towards contesting heteronormativity.

In a region that is hallmarked by such cultural and ethnic heterogeneity as the Caribbean and by the undoing of binary conceptions of identity, the understanding of sexuality as heteronormative or homo(deviant) stands out as a conceptual anomaly. To shape a different understanding of love, sex, and desire of Caribbean subjects, Donnell argues that while the Caribbean may be, as Time Magazine famously put it, the most homophobic place on earth, it is also always already a queer place.

WSP Film Series: "FtF: Female to Femme" Directors Elizabeth Stark & Kami Chisholm (2006)

February 20, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Women's Studies Program

For more information about the series: http://pittqueerfemfilm.wordpress.com/public-film-series/

To learn about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443515/

"Poverty, Battered Women, and Work in U.S. Public Policy"

February 16, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Lisa D. Brush (Associate Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies)

Women's Studies Program

Lisa Brush will speak from her recent book (Oxford, 2011), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 by CHOICE. 

Drawing on longitudinal interviews, government records, and personal narratives, she examines the intersection of work, welfare, and battering, highlighting how race and class shape women’s experiences with poverty and abuse. She tracks how abuse and “domestic” violence moves out of the home and follows women to work.

WSP Film Series: "The Aggressives" Director Daniel Peddle (2005)

February 13, 2012 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Women's Studies Program

For more information about the series: http://pittqueerfemfilm.wordpress.com/public-film-series/

To learn about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462757/

"Women, Power, and Peacemaking in Africa"

February 10, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Aili Mari Tripp (Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Sociology Department, Women's Studies, Africana Studies, Global Studies, The Ford Institute for Human Security at GSPIA, International Development Program, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)

This event will honor the memory of Pitt graduate and environmental activist, the late Dr. Wangari Maathai, who was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Why do post-conflict countries in Africa have double the rates of female legislative representation compared with countries that have not undergone conflict? In this lecture, Professor Tripp draws from her current book project to explore why post-war countries in Africa have been more open to passing legislation and making constitutional changes relating to women's rights. Her study draws from comparative research across Africa as well as fieldwork in Uganda, Liberia, Congo-Kinshasa and Angola.

Iris Marion Young Lecture, Awards Ceremony, and Reception

February 9, 2012 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Aili Mari Tripp (Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Women’s Studies Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies at GSPIA,  Ford Institute for Human Security at GSPIA, Department of Sociology, and Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

 

“The Uses and Abuses of Women’s Rights in Contemporary Discourse” by Dr. Aili Mari Tripp at 3 p.m.

Followed by the Iris Marion Young Awards presentation & reception at 4 p.m.

RSVP by Tuesday, January 31.:wstudies@pitt.edu or 412-624-6485

View the program

View the lecture flier

"Women’s rights have come into public awareness in recent years in ways we have not seen before with both interesting and troubling consequences. Today women’s rights are being variously depicted as critical to addressing problems of third world poverty; women’s education is being described as an essential component in the fight against global terrorism; women politicians are seen by some as a key defense in the fight against government corruption; and women are often said to be the key to peace, national security, and environmental sustainability.

"Our Experiences in Teaching about Organized Racism"

February 8, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Kathleen Blee (Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research) and Kelsy Burke (PhD Candidate, Sociology)

CIDDE

Teaching about race raises difficult questions for instructors as they consider how students will react.  How can faculty respond to students who are hesitant to participate or who blurt a response perceived as volatile?  These challenges prompted Blee and Burke to collaborate on a recent publication, Teaching Race in the 21st Century.  They stress that their research is useful in any discipline that addresses the topic of racism. 

Making Time for Diversity

A series of 90 minute lunchtime discussions sponsored by CIDDE (Center for Instructional Developemnt and Distance Educatio) by faculty, for faculty, addressing barriers to diversity and strategies for inclusive teaching.

Register for Our Experiences in Teaching about Organized Racism: Spring 2012 Workshop Registration

WSP Film Series: "Madame Sata" Director Karim Ainouz (2003)

February 6, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Dr. Cathy Hannabach

Women's Studies Program

For more information about the series: http://pittqueerfemfilm.wordpress.com/public-film-series/

To learn about the film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317887/

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