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First Steering Committee of the Year

September 8, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

GSWS Faculty meeting

August 24, 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:30pm

PACWC Lecture and Reception in Honor of New Women Faculty

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

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

Hosted jointly by the Provost's Office and GSWS

REAL BOY Film Screening and Q&A with Director

November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cosponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Year of Healthy U, and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. 

Real Boy, a 2016 documentary directed by Shaleece Haas, is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son.

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

October 25, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
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. 

Lecture by Elizabeth Rodriguez Fielder (English)

November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Speaker/Participants: 
"The 'crooked stitches' of Desire: Sewing and Sexual Awakening in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple”

My talk revisits Alice Walker’s award-winning novel The Color Purple as a work of literary activism and asks the question: What if we place queer love at the center of the black freedom struggle? I examine how Walker’s novel speaks into archival silences of women activists and the personal relationships they formed by examining a hidden history that shaped the novel: the cooperative movement of the 1960s and 1970s, organized predominantly by grassroots women activists. I argue that Walker commemorates a legacy of women’s social movement activism—a distinct yet essential part of the civil rights movement—by placing a lesbian love story at the heart of the social and political turmoil of the Jim Crow south. In doing so, The Color Purple builds a collective memory of queer southern life. This talk explores the terrain of the queer south by placing Walker in conversation with E. Patrick Johnson and Scott Herring, asking how we might give voice to queer identity in a space that eschews and evades the traditional lexicon. To that end, I look at how Walker theorizes intersectionality through a narrative in which race, gender, and sexuality are inseparable from class issues and the pervasive weight of poverty.  

Graduate orientation: interdisciplinary programs

August 31, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the directors of interdisciplinary programs to get an overview of graduate certificate programs available to all grad students at Pitt. Reception to follow.

View PDF flyer here.

Lecture: “Depathologizing Diversity: Critiques of Normative Thinking about the Body”

November 14, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Speaker/Participants: 
Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell University

Hosted by Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Kathleen Long is Professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.  She is the author of two books, Another Reality:  Metamorphosis and the Imagination in the Poetry of Ovid, Petrarch, and Ronsard and Hermaphrodites  in Renaissance Europe, and editor of volumes on High Anxiety: Masculinity in Crisis in Early Modern France, Religious Differences in France, and Gender and Scientific Discourse in Early Modern Europe.  She has written numerous articles on the work of Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné, on gen

Education for Leadership and Citizenship on Trans Issues

June 29, 2017 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sponsored by the Year of Diversity, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the GSWS Program

Please join us for a morning of panels and discussion on trans education in the classroom.

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