Current/Upcoming Courses

Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

Fall/Spring: Thursdays, 5:30 PM– 8:30 PM
September 7, 2017 – May 10, 2018

This workshop intends to establish a community of inquiry for graduate students in various stages of the dissertation writing process with status assessments taking place the first two weeks of class. The class is intended to provide a safety net for personal well-being, self-care, and spiritual focus during what may be one of the most intense and self-serving processes of one’s life journey. The seminar will cover...  more » 

The Politics of Madness: Gender and Psychiatry through Film and Theory

Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
September 7, 2017 – December 14, 2017

As far back as Greek antiquity’s diagnosis of hysteria as a function of the “wandering uterus,” popular understanding of female psychopathology has been located in the body of the woman. As such the natural history of psychiatry is inextricably linked to cultural constructions of power, gender and psychosexuality and thus provides a rich and complex context within which to interrogate the hegemonic medicalization of mental illness and human behavior... more » 

Feminist Inquiry

Tuesdays, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
January 30, 2018 – May 8, 2018

This course investigates theories and practices of feminist inquiry across a range of disciplines by studying a series of pairings of humanist and social science works by feminist scholars. It is not intended as a survey course on feminist theory, although students will recognize many pivotal thinkers included in our reading list. As an interdisciplinary course, Feminist Inquiry also cannot offer a strict "how-to" approach to research, but instead will engage students in questioning disciplinary assumptions and methodologies.... more » 

Women in Contemporary U.S. Science

Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
January 30, 2018 – May 8, 2018

Using a variety of disciplinary lenses (history, psychology, sociology), this course explores the factors that impede women from successful participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers in the United States. A look into history will reveal that in different times and places, science, or at least certain branches of science... more »

Resistance in Feminist Queer Theater/Theory

Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
January 31, 2018 – May 9, 2018

There is something “spectacular” about revolutions: the drama of barriers being broken, the emotion of the crowd. And for feminist and queer activism in particular, the nature of visibility, spectacle and protest has been integral to gains made by groups such as ACT UP! or the Combahee Women’s Collective. This course, however, moves beyond the relationship between social movements and theater... more »




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