spring 2015 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

spring 2015

Lecture: "Why Gender Matters to Sustainability: Engaging the Public in a Meaningful Conversation"

March 30, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Maria L. Cruz-Torres, Arizona State University

Sponsored by GSWS and the Provost's Sustainability Initiative. Consponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies.


This lecture addresses the challenges of assessing the interrelationship between gender and sustainability. It focuses on the manner in which a gender analysis can provide important insights to understand the roles of households and communities in creating long-term strategies conducive to more sustainable livelihoods. It also discusses how processes such as economic development and global environmental change affect people at the local level. Drawing from specific case studies from Latin America, Dr. Cruz-Torres will discuss the complex daily struggles, failures, and successes of people; and how these impede or stimulate a path towards sustainability.



Dr. María L. Cruz-Torres, Associate Professor at Arizona State University is a cultural anthropologist whose areas of teaching and research include: political ecology; impact of globalization upon local communities and households; gender and work; gender, sustainability and the environment; and the environmental and social aspects of natural resource management. She earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University, and has conducted anthropological ethnographic research in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Southern Florida.

Feminist Happy Hour

March 27, 2015 - 5:00pm

SC March Meeting

March 27, 2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Lecture: "From Fairytale Hip-Hop to Ferguson USA: A Canon of Prejudice"

March 25, 2015 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Jeffrey McCune, Associate Professor at Washington University

Sponsored by: GSWS, Humanities Center, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies

This talk is from McCune's second project: Read!:An Experiment in Seeing Black is a book which provides a new lens to approach the study of race, gender, sexuality--mapping the work of canonical readings of blackness and their cultural consequences. READ! moves from hip-hop to neo-slave narratives to the black church, developing a rigorous method of reading texts and performances in ways that illuminate a hermeneutic of generosity. 

For more info on Prof. McCune, see: http://wgss.artsci.wustl.edu/people/jeffrey-mccune

Prof. McCune will lead a colloquium on his recent book on Tuesday afternoon.

Grad/Faculty Colloquium on "Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing"

March 24, 2015 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Jeffrey McCune, Associate Professor at Washington University

Sponsored by GSWS, Humanities Center, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies

Colloquium discussion with Prof. Jeffrey McCune on his book Sexual Discretion: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Passing (2014). Seminar open to all grad students and faculty, but please register in advance by contacting Prof. Todd Reeser (reeser@pitt.edu). Participants will be expected to have read the book under discussion. We will focus on the introduction, conclusion, and chapters 3 and 5.  

Conference on Reproductive Health, Access, and Action

March 20, 2015 - 9:00am - 3:00pm

Sponsors: GSWS, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Humanities Center

This day-long conference will bring together a diverse group of scholars and activists to interrogate the political, legal, social, and scientific dimensions of the struggles for reproductive rights. The conference will highlight scholarship coming out of the humanities, social sciences, medicine and law, as well as the on-the-ground work of organizers.

Lecture: "Erotic Passions: the Spanish Transition and the Early Work of Bigas Luna"

March 17, 2015 - 5:30pm
Dr Santiago Fouz Hernández, Durham University

Co-organized with the University of Pittsburgh Film Studies Program

Cosponsored by the University of Pittsburgh European Union Center of Excellence/European Students Center and Humanities Center

Bigas Luna’s Early Erotic Passions

Due Date: Abstracts for Undergraduate Sexuality Studies Symposium

March 6, 2015 (All day)

This is the last day to submit abstracts for the Undergraduate Sexuality Studies Symposium!

Call for Submissions:

Lecture for Students: 'The Women's Movement Community in Pittsburgh: Exploring the Intersection of Feminist, Race and Labor Movements'

March 5, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Patricia Ulbrich (GSWS)

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program

Distopias of Globalization: A conference by Prof. Jean Franco

March 2, 2015 - 4:00pm

Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Center for Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies, Professor John Beverley, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

Jean Franco is the author of Cruel Modernity, The Decline and Fall of the Lettered City, Latin America in the Cold War, and La cultura moderna en America Latina, among many others. Franco is Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia university, and has been recognized by both the Chilean and Venezuelan governments with the Gabriela Mistral medal and the Andres Bello medal for advancing literary scholarship on Latin American literature in the United States.


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