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The Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture: Sex, Gender and Public Life


You might hear the terms “sex” and “gender” tossed around quite a bit at Wesleyan— but why exactly do these continue to be such pressing issues in our country’s public sphere?  Alanna Greco ’13 invites you to, perhaps, find out why, as the 26th annual Diane Weiss memorial explores this topic :

The Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture is an annual FGSS lecture that
the family of one of the first Women’s Studies majors at Wesleyan
endowed in her memory. This year, “Sex, Gender and Public Life”
explores both why sex and gender remain such persistent issues in the
U.S. public sphere, and also why they remain persistently separated
from issues of government and economics in that same public

Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Pac 001
Cost: Free

Amy Hollywood’s lecture: Apophasis and Ecstasy, at the Limits of Gender

From Anonymous ’13:

Christian women write, and they write about religion. This might seem unexceptional, yet the fact that women have written over the course of
the history of Christianity is surprising given the restrictions on women’s education and religious authority that emerge as early as the 1st century and continue to play a role in Christianity today. As if to harness the possibilities engendered by women’s writing, modern scholarship repeatedly describes women’s theological production as differing in significant ways from men’s. Why? What’s at stake in insisting on these differences? And how do texts by medieval women, particularly those of the thirteenth century Dutch-speaking beguine, Hadewijch, both exemplify and resist such categorizations?

Date: Thursday, November 8
Time:  4:15-5:15
Place: Downey 113

FGSS Symposium: “Women and the Politics of Gender: Election 2012”

Who will win the “War on Women“? Jennifer Enxuto, broadcasting live from the FGSS office, would love for you to come and find out!

Please join us on Friday, October 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30pm for the FGSS 2012 Annual Symposium “Women and the Politics of Gender: Election 2012,” to be held in Allbritton 311.

Panelists will include:

Maryann Barakso, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and President, Women and Politics Research Section, American Political Science Association and author of Governing NOW: Grassroots Activism in The National Organization For Women, as well as articles on health care reform, social movements, and civic engagement.

Feminist Lunch Lecture Series Presents: The Poetics of Choice

Come converse with Rowan Converse ’14, and note wisely the “free food” tag:

Professor Sarah Mahurin discusses abortion through the lens of poetry, focusing on Gwendolyn Brooks’s “The Mother” and Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem.”

There will be free lunch! Sponsored by FemNet, the FGSS deparment, and WesWell.

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Place: Albritton 103
Cost: Free

Lecture Tomorrow: “Plasticity and the Gendered Brain”

You folks should check this really interesting lecture goin’ on tomorrow. It lies somewhere in the intersection of neuroscience, philosophy, gender studies, psychology (which I suppose is neuroscience lite #heyooooooooo #hatersgonnahate), and other stuff I’m probably not thinking of right now.

Anyway, it’s the 25th Annual Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial lecture, and it features Prof. Rebecca Jordan-Young of Barnard College (pictured right). Brief bio from the Barnard website:

Professor Jordan-Young is a sociomedical scientist whose research includes social epidemiology studies of HIV/AIDS, and evaluation of biological work on sex, gender and sexuality. She teaches courses in science and technology studies, sexuality, gender theory, and HIV/AIDS.

Date: Thursday, Wed. 5th
Time: 8pm
Place: PAC 001

Feminist Lunch Lecture Series Presents: Jennifer Tucker

Anonymous submission, feminist rendition:

The Camera as Witness:  Feminists Theorize Photography

From Virginia Woolf to Ariella Azoulay, feminist scholars and artists have engaged with issues raised by photography’s role in society. This talk argues that we need feminist tools for analyzing photography and focuses on three domains (war photography, medical photography and family portraiture) as areas where feminists offer novel insights into how images function in the world. Looking at and discussing a handful of photographs,  we will explore the positive and negative powers of photography and the challenges new image technologies pose for feminist theory and practice.

FREE LUNCH + the FGSS class you always wanted to take!!

Organized by FemNet, Sponsored by the FGSS Dept., the Adelphic Educational Fund, WesWell and SALD.

Date: April 26
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place: Woodhead Lounge

What is Womanism?

Womanist House is sponsoring an informal talk and discussion with our advisor, Dr. Sonia Mañjon, on the basics of Womanist Theory. Food will be served!

Pictured above is professional badass Alice Walker, who coined the term “womanism.”

Co-sponsored by Hewitt.

  • Date: Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb 23
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Place: Nicolson Lounge

Survey on Everyday Experiences of Gender-Based Discrimination at Wesleyan

From Ray Edwards ’10:

My name is Ray Edwards and I am currently a graduate student in Psychology at Wesleyan writing my Masters Thesis on Everyday Experiences of Gender-Based Devaluation. I am collecting experiences from female community members at Wesleyan, in hopes of understanding how gender roles and expectations play out in our community here. While there is much research on women’s lives and different types of discrimination they experience, this study focuses on the more subtle, day-to-day aspects of being a woman in different social contexts. This research will be used to further knowledge about women’s unique experiences.

I am inviting you to participate in an online study that should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Please consider taking part in this study. Your unique experiences are important and should be heard. To participate in this study you must be 18 years of age or over, and your biological sex must be female.

Here’s the survey LINK.