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Lecture: "At One Point We All Rebelled": Hip Hop Graffiti Grrlz and the Performance of Feminist Masculinity

March 24, 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jessica N. Pabón, SUNY New Paltz

Hip Hop masculinity has been theorized almost exclusively in relation to cisgendered men and shaped by the question: what does the performance of mainstream Hip Hop masculinity do to girls and women? Frequently focused on toxic hypermasculinities, the question predetermines the answer: girls and women in Hip Hop experience low self-esteem, low social status, and exploitation (in terms of sex and labor). In short, they are always already victims. Instead of asking what Hip Hop masculinity does to them, Dr. Jessica Pabón asks what graffiti grrlz do with masculine gender performance.

Colloquium: Prof. Kathryn Stockton (Utah)

September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm

“Making Out, Queerly: Kissing, Reading, Sex with Ideas (A Theoretical Memoir)"

This event will be based on a discussion of a precirculated paper.

GSWS Club Open Mic Night

December 9, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Pitt GSWS Club is hosting an open mic night Friday December 9 from 5-7pm in 216 Cathedral of Learning! Come enjoy some delicious food, good vibes, and great performances with your favorite group of engaged feminist scholars! Any and all performances are welcome from poetry to music to a brief talk on the totally awesome research project you just finished this semester! At the very least, this will be a nice chance to have some laughs and forget about finals week (at least for a little while)!

Workshop on Transgender/Non-binary approaches to language teaching

October 20, 2017 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
University Club

Sponsored by: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; University Honors College; Center for Latin American Studies; European Studies Center; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; and Departments of French & Italian, German, Hispanic, and Linguistics

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Dr. Kris Knisely (The University of South Dakota) will discuss gender and sexual diversity as it relates to inclusive language teaching practices. He will provide a broad introduction to queering the language classroom and then, informed by the linguistic practices of non-binary individuals in France, he will focus particularly on how, as pedagogues, we are to address binary grammatical gender with students who have non-binary gender identities. A number of strategies for increasing inclusiveness and supporting diversity in the second language classroom will be presented, which we will then discuss together. This workshop will feature hands-on practice with inclusive materials selection, course, and curricular design.

SC April Meeting (if business requires)

April 14, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Third SC Meeting of spring term

March 17, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Second Steering Committee Meeting of spring term

February 17, 2017 - 10:00am - 11:30am

GSWS Undergraduate Masculinities Symposium

April 21, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Undergraduate students from Pitt and other schools will present their research in gender/sexuality studies.

Keynote presenter: Writer Brian Broome

Place: 402 Cathedral of Learning

This all-day event features undergraduate research from across disciplines. 


Discussion with Ron Jackson: "Teaching about Race: Whose Intellectual Traditions Matter and What We Can Do About It?"

February 17, 2017 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Prof. Ron Jackson

Cosponsored by the Depts. of Communication and Africana Studies, the Cultural Studies Program, the Year of Diversity, and the Humanities Center.


Round Table: “From Stonewall to the Supreme Court”

February 16, 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Round Table

This event is part of the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Open Door Project.

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