Spring 2016 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2016

Lecture, "Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen"

March 21, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Prof. Deborah A. Harris, Texas State University

Sponsored by GSWS.

Prof. Harris recently published a book on gender inequality and chefs. For more information, see:


Third SC Meeting of spring term

March 18, 2016 - 10:00am

"Meet the Author" Seminar: _Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalzation_

March 1, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:15pm
With Prof. Kale Fajardo, University of Minnesota

Discussion-based colloquium with Prof. Fajardo on his book, Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographiesof Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization. Open to add grad students and faculty. 


{View the flyer here}

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center, Dept. of Anthropology, Global Studies, Asian Studies Center, The Year of the Humanities, and INPAC.

Lecture: "Queer/Asian Filipinos in Oregon: A Trans*Colonial Approach"

February 29, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Prof. Kale Fajardo, University of Minnesota


Kale B. Fajardo is Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, and author of Filipino Crosscurrents: Oceanographies of Seafaring, Masculinities, and Globalization (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) which was reprinted by the University of the Philippines Press in 2013. He's working on a second book tentatively titled, "Following Filipinos: Sailors, Travelers, and Migrants – or A Pinoy History of the World," which continues the project of decolonizing, queering, and trans*ing Filipino/a masculinities.

Professor Fajardo’s talk/presentation focuses on the submerged and forgotten histories of Filipino cannery workers in Astoria, Oregon in the early 20th Century. Discussing his inter/trans disciplinary research in Astoria (and Oregon more broadly), he will engage the concept, reality and problem of settler colonialism in the context of Oregon and the Philippines. Dr. Fajardo will also address and dialogue with Queer and Two-Spirit Indigenous Studies critiques of Asian/Diaspora Studies and queer of color critique. Fajardo suggests a trans*colonial approach that addresses racialized and classed non-conforming genders across (colonial) geographies and temporalities, while also attending to the specificities of settler colonialism(s).


{View the flyer here}

Sponsored by GSWS. Cosponsored by the Humanities Center, Dept. of Anthropology, Global Studies, Asian Studies Center, The Year of the Humanities, and INPAC.

“Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?: Blaming Girls for Challenges Facing Boys”

February 25, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Sara Goodkind, School of Social Work (Pitt)

Based on participatory research with high school students and the adults that care for and educate them, this presentation critically examines how girls are faulted for the so-called "boy crisis." Drawing on interview and focus group data, as well as school policies and media representations, this presentation explores how policies, actions, and rhetoric implicitly and explicitly blame girls for challenges facing low-income boys of color that are in fact due to broader issues of social inequality, particularly poverty and racism.

Lecture: "Career Porn: Blogging and the Good Life"

February 18, 2016 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Gabriella Lukacs, Associate Prof. of Anthropology and GSWS Faculty Fellow

Sponsored by GSWS

The talk is taken from Prof. Lukacs's book manuscript titled: "Diva Entrepreneurs: Gender and Labor in the Digital Economy."

View the flyer here. 

The Vagina Monologues

February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm

You are invited to the 2016 production of The Vagina Monologues.

Thursday, February 11

7:00 PM

WPU Assembly Room


Friday, February 12

7:00 PM

WPU Assembly Room


Saturday, February 13

7:00 PM

O'Hara Student Center Ballroom


Admission is free for undergraduate students, with a suggested donation - $5

Pitt faculty, graduate student, and senior citizen admission - $7

General admission tickets - $10

Todd Reeser's Book Release Event

February 11, 2016 - 4:00pm

You are invited to celebrate the release of Setting Plato Straight by GSWS Director, Todd Reeser. 

With responses by: Chloé Hogg (French and Italian), Marianne Novy (English), and Julie Beaulieu (GSWS)

Lecture by Prof. Susan Wells: "In Search of the Clitoris: Writing and the Body in Our Bodies, Ourselves"

February 5, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm


This paper explores the writing practices of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collectives, the writers of Our Bodies, Ourselves, as they developed over forty-five years, 1970-2015.  I begin by looking at the language the collective used in descriptions of the clitoris in the very first editions of the book. I compare their descriptions of the clitoris to those written during the great western rediscovery of this organ: the anatomical revolution sponsored by new practices of observation in the sixteenth century. I consider what kind of knowledge the language of Our Bodies, Ourselves sponsored, how the collective negotiated their commitment to a universal female body in the context of global feminism, and how their language has changed in response to developments in medical research and the organization of medical care.

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