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Gender and Women's Studies

Events

February 12, 2014 @ 6:30pm: Reading Group - The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich

We are excited to announce that this quarter's reading group will be held in conjunction with the Colorado Women's College and DU's University College. Join us in the Anderson Academic Commons at 6:30pm for dinner and a lively discussion about an award winning novel. For more information, or to RSVP, please email heather.rutherford6@du.edu.

From the back cover of the book: For more than a half-century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To further complicate his quiet existence, a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision: Should he tell all and risk everything...or manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated solely by evil?

GWST reading group events are open to all faculty, staff and students who are interested in reading and talking more about gender-related issues. You don't need to be affiliated with the GWST program to participate - this is a great way for you to explore issues and get to know other people on campus with similar interests.

February 25, 2014 @ 4pm: "Sexing Militarization: Gender & Sexual Politics During Wartime, Past and Present" panel presentation and discussion

Join the GWST program as we celebrate AHSS week, a week of exciting events designed to showcase the best of DU's Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences division. At 4pm, a panel of GWST affiliated faculty will share their research on diverse dimensions of gender, sexuality, and militarism. Presentations will explore historical research on Latinas and the home front experience during WWII; the connections between marketing beauty, the rise of Avon, and the expansion of U.S. empire; and sexual politics in the military. Faculty presentations will be followed by a lively discussion.

Past Events

Fall 2013

November 6, 2013: Dr. Christine Sheikh, Assistant Professor of Sociology - Research Share

Please join us for Christine's talk titled "Believing Men and Believing Women: Second-Generation Muslim American Gender Ideologies". Open discussion will follow the presentation, and light refreshments will be provided. The event will be at noon in Sturm Hall 286 (Humanities Institute Room).

September 25, 2013: Gender and Women's Studies Reading Group - The Feminine Mystique

We will be discussing Betty Friedan's classic book, The Feminine Mystique on Wednesday, September 25. Join us for an engaging discussion and dinner at Kaos Pizzeria (1439 S. Pearl St.), with dinner beginning at 6:30pm and the discussion beginning around 7pm. Pizza will be provided by the GWST program. Please RSVP to heather.rutherford6@du.edu if you would like to attend.

From the back cover of the book: Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and that has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since then.

GWST reading group events are open to all faculty, staff and students (undergrad and grad) who are interested in reading and talking more about gender-related issues. You don't need to be affiliated with the GWST program to participate - this is a way for you to explore issues and get to know other people on campus with similar interests. 

Spring 2013

April 11, 2013: Poetic Injustice: Spoken Word Performances featuring Remi Kanazi

GWST is co-sponsoring this event featuring Remi Kanazi, hosted by the student group Students for Justice in Palestine. The event will take place in Craig Hall at 7pm.

April 18, 2013: Gender and Women's Studies Reading Group — Spring discussion of Delusions of Gender

We will be discussing Cordelia Fine's Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference at our spring meeting on Thursday, April 18th. Join us for book discussion and dinner at Kaos Pizzeria, with dinner beginning at 6:00 pm and discussion beginning around 6:30 pm. Pizza will be provided by the GWST Program. RSVP to katie.riddle@du.edu for a FREE copy of the book. You can pick up your copy from the GWST office (Sturm 419). Copies of the book are reserved for those who will be able to attend the reading group session.

About the book: Brilliantly researched and wickedly funny, Delusions of Gender debunks the pseudo-scientific myth of hardwires differences between men's and women's brains. Unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men's brains aren't made for empathy and women's brains aren't meant to fix cars, Cordelia Fine provides us with a much-needed corrective to the belief that "men are from Mars and women are from Venus"—a belief that all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our society.

GWST reading group events are open to all faculty, staff, and students (undergrad and grad) who are interested in reading and talking more about gender-related issues. You don't have to be affiliated with the GWST program to participate—this is a way for you to explore issues and get to know other people on campus with similar interests.

April 22-26, 2013: The Clothesline Project

GWST is supporting CAPE's Clothesline Project, which invites "survivors of sexual assault, friends of survivors, and allies to create t-shirts to be displayed on the clothesline during Sexual Assault Awareness Week." The shirts "bear witness to acts of violence against yourself or others." Stop by any of the following locations (at the appointed times) to make a shirt for the project:

Wednesday, April 10 Noon – 2PM, Korbel Room 309, Noon – 2PM, Daniels Ruschmeyer Conference Room Thursday, April 11 12:30PM – 2:30PM, CME Conference Room Monday, April 15 9AM – 11AM, Ritchie Center Marion Gottesfeld Room Thursday, April 18 6PM – 8PM, Craig Hall Conference Room Friday, April 19 9AM – 11AM, C.A.P.E OFFICE (Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment) Conference Room (Nelson 124)

April 23, 2013: Jackson Katz joining us for Take Back the Night!

Jackson Katz will be coming to DU on April 23rd!!! He will be giving a talk at 7pm in Lindsey Auditorium (free and open to the public), and he will also be helping to lead that evening's Take Back the Night march on/around campus as part of this year's Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Please join us for this exciting opportunity and important campus event. Feel free to email katie.riddle@du.edu for more information about Dr. Katz or to learn more about what Take Back the Night is about! GWST is co-sponsoring this event with CAPE.

May 9-10, 2013: Diversity Summit

GWST is co-sponsoring DU's 12th Annual Diversity Summit this year. Please see the Center for Multicultural Excellence's website for complete information and to register for this exciting event: http://www.du.edu/cme/summit.html

Sponsorships

The GWST program sponsors and co-sponsors numerous events each year. If you are organizing a presentation, conference, performance, or other event related to gender and women's studies, please contact us at gwst@du.edu to find out if we can assist you in your endeavor.

Winter 2013

JAN 17, 2013: "GLITZ, GLAMOUR, BLOCKS AND BRUISES: GENDER PERFORMANCE IN ROLLER DERBY" — A RESEARCH PRESENTATION BY MARGARET MILLER  
Can you think of any other sport that masquerades in masculinity, but is widely understood solely as a women's sport? Roller derby is a sport for women and by women. This talk will discuss Ms. Miller's undergraduate ethnographic research conducted with the Denver Roller Dolls and the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls. It will emphasize the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and how this association has created a space for women to construct new identities as players. The language, the gear, and the hierarchy and community structures perform and reconstruct the gender binary as an entity less about inequitable power dynamics and more about the strategic and empowering uses of masculinity and femininity. The bouts, the blocks, and the bruises represent players' continued battle for an identity completely founded in themselves. 

Margaret Miller received her BA in Anthropology and English, with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies, from the University of Denver last year. She is currently a first-year MFA candidate in fiction at Mills College. 

Please join us in the Humanities Institute Room (Sturm 286) at 4pm for this exciting event! 

JAN 24, 2013: GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES READING GROUP -- WINTER DISCUSSION OF MIDDLESEX
We will be discussing Middlesex, a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, at our winter meeting on Thursday, January 24th. Join us for book discussion and dinner at Kaos Pizzeria on S. Pearl, with dinner starting at 6pm and discussion beginning around 6:30pm. Pizza will be provided by the GWST Program. RSVP to katie.riddle@du.edu if you plan to attend! GWST reading group events are open to all DU faculty, students (undergrad and grad), and staff. You don't have to be affiliated with the GWST program to participate; this is a way for you to explore gender-related texts and issues, as well as to get to know other people on campus with similar interests.

About the book:  Middlesex tells the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides, and three generations of the Greek-American Stephanides family, who travel from a tiny village overlooking Mount Olympus in Asia Minor to Prohibition-era Detroit, witnessing its glory days as the Motor City, and the race riots of 1967, before they move out to the tree-lined streets of suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. To understand why Calliope is not like other girls, she has to uncover a guilty family secret, and the astonishing genetic history that turns Callie into Cal, one of the most audacious and wondrous narrators in contemporary fiction. Lyrical and thrilling, Middlesex is an exhilarating reinvention of the American epic. (from the back cover)

Feel free to email katie.riddle@du.edu with any questions!

FEB 13, 2013: "MODEST RESISTANCE: MUSLIM AMERICAN WOMEN'S HIJAB NARRATIVES" — A RESEARCH PRESENTATION BY DR. CHRISTINE SHEIKH
We are excited to announce that Dr. Christine Sheikh, Assistant Professor of Sociology and member of the GWST Executive Committee, will discuss her current research on Muslim American women's negotiation of the headscarf. Please join us at 4pm on February 13th in Chambers 160 for Dr. Sheikh's presentation, to be followed by Q&A/discussion. 

FEB 28, 2013: "PIONEERING FEMALE EDUCATION: THE ALLIANCE ISREALITE UNIVERSELLE'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS IN BAGHDAD IN THE 1890S" — A RESEARCH PRESENTATION BY DR. JONATHAN SCIARCON
You're invited to join Jonathan Sciarcon, Assistant Professor of History and Judaic Studies, for a discussion of his current research on the Alliance Israelite Universelle's first school for Jewish girls in Baghdad in the 1890s. The event will take place on Thursday, February 28th at 12pm in Chambers 160.

MARCH 7, 2013: A CONVERSATION WITH DACIA MARAINI
Dacia Maraini is one of the most influential contemporary Italian authors. A committed activist, Maraini has fought against gender roles that repress women and render them vulnerable to abuse and violence throughout her artistic career. Her first two novels, The Holiday and The Age of Indifference, were instant international successes: the latter received the editors' international Formentor Prize and was instantly translated into twelve languages. In 1990 Maraini sealed her international success with the publication of the novel The Silent Duchess, which was on Italy's bestseller list for almost two years, won the prestigious Campiello Prize, and was translated into fourteen languages. Several of her books have been made into films, and she has also written screenplays. We hope you'll join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from Ms. Maraini. This event is being hosted by Professor Gian Maria Annovi of DU's Department of Languages and Literatures, and is co-sponsored by the Marsico Visiting Scholars Program, the Italian Program, the Amici of DU, Club Italia, and the Gender and Women's Studies Program.