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New Director of Gender Studies Program

January 23, 2015

Welcome Mary Celeste Kearney

Gender Studies Program would like to welcome Mary Celeste Kearney as the new Director for the 3 year term of Fall 2015 through Spring 2018.  Pam Wojcik will be stepping down from Directing Gender Studies at the end of Spring 2015 semester, but will continue to be a part of Gender Studies as a Concurrent Faculty member and will continue to teach in Gender Studies.  We thank Pam for her contributions to Gender Studies over the past 6 years and look forward to working with Mary in the future.…

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Upcoming Events

Research Workshop - LeAnne MacDonald

Fri Feb 6, 2015 12:00PM - 1:00PM • 339 O'Shaughnessy

"Vegetable Love: Critiques of Heteronormativity in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Christabel"

Abstract: The subjects of 'nature' and biology have often appeared in discussions of human sexuality, and have become all the more prominent as ecocritical approaches to literature gain momentum within the academy. As we work to formulate a 'queer ecology' that can remain engaged in contemporary gender issues while keeping an eye to ecological concerns, we might benefit from looking backward to see how our predecessors in literary history grappled with similar issues. In the eighteenth century, Erasmus Darwin combined botanical research and poetry to critique the conservative sexual values of his society, which had a marked influence on some of the best known writers of British Romanticism, Mary Shelley and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Through their incorporation of the latest scientific research into Frankenstein

Book Club - Zami

Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:00PM - 1:00PM • 339 O'Shaughnessy

ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde's work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page.   --Off Our Backs

Lecture: Judith Butler

Thu Apr 9, 2015 7:00PM - 8:30PM • McKenna Hall Auditorium

The Department of English is pleased to announce that its 2015 Yusko Ward-Phillips lecturer is Judith Butler.

Judith Butler is the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as founding director. She is the author of _Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity_ (1990) and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex”