As you know, Women and Gender Studies students and faculty have long called for increased attention to sexual harassment and assault. Finally, feminist efforts are paying off, and the nation is talking. There is plenty more to talk about, and our classes critically reflect upon the news as it unfolds. In my classes, for example, students have engaged in deeply thoughtful explorations of the alt-right, transgender rights, the presidency, and campus sexual assault. And WGST provides many learning opportunities outside of class. We had a recent visit from activist-in-residence Paromita Vohra, who held workshops on international feminist advocacy through art. In the coming weeks, our student leadership practicum Gender Justice League will host a #MeToo mediated discussion, and the WGST cottage will have an informational gathering (plus wedding cake!) on the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments to decide if a Lakewood, CO baker can refuse to sell cakes to same-sex couples.
In many ways, the last year has been a hard one, as equal rights and those who fight for them have come under attack and the most marginalized of our communities feel all the more vulnerable. But response to these challenges is taking many forms. There are more CU WGST majors than ever, our classes are filling like never before, faculty are fielding more media interview requests than we can handle, and we are seeing an upsurge in donations from our WGST community.
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Thank you for your support, Lorraine Bayard de Volo, Chair and Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies
Katie (Christman) Huey graduated in 2011 with a major in sociology and a minor in women and gender studies. For the last three years, she has been writing a blog 52BeautifulThings.com about a search for ordinary beautiful things in an aching world.
Currently a visiting assistant professor of German at Skidmore College, Dr. Petra Watzke is a 2009 graduate of CU Boulder, earning both the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies and a master’s degree in German Studies.
As part of our Activist-in-Residence Program, we invited award-winning filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra to campus to discuss her work as a documentarian, artist, digital activist, and the ways in which she makes media for social change.
The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks an interdisciplinary scholar whose work centers on issues of race/ethnicity in the United States for a tenure-track assistant professor position.
News and updates from our WGST faculty including Alison Jaggar formally inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Deepti Misri organizer of feminist preconference on "Gender, Sexuality and Occupation"; Robert Wyrod recognized by the American Sociological Association for his book "AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhood."
This Spring we'll be offering a new graduate-level topics course, WGST 6290 Global Masculinities, which will explore how a focus on masculinity contributes to our understanding of gender, sexuality, and feminism. It will examine the diverse ways masculinity is lived in widely varying contexts and how notions of masculinity are constructed and represented around the globe. This course will be taught by Dr. Robert Wyrod. Click above to see the full schedule of Spring courses.