Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award

February 01, 2017

This annual award honors teaching excellence in the area of gender studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Via this award faculty members are recognized for their essential contributions to the intellectual growth of Notre Dame students and development of the Gender Studies Program through excellent teaching in interdisciplinary courses focused on gender.  The award is named for Marian Mullin Hancock (1903-1992), a benefactor of the Gender Studies Program who attended Saint Mary’s Academy and received many honors for her philanthropic work, including the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. …

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Upcoming Events

Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race

Thu Mar 2, 2017

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana USA
March 2-4, 2017

Intersectional Inquiries Conference Poster Final

Questions of race and gender continue to undergird broad sections of inquiry in the academy and beyond. The ongoing legacies and current manifestations of racism and sexism continue to demand intellectual analysis, institutional recognition, and collective intervention. Reaching a critical crescendo during the political upheavals of the 1960s’ civil rights/anti-colonial era and the responding cultural turn in the humanities, Black feminists have discussed the ways in which both race and gender are co-constitutive and rely on intersecting paradigms of power and constructions of difference. Indeed, the concept of “intersectionality,” coined by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, has become a key mode of framing how identities and sites of contestation around identity are multiple and complex. Furthermore, critics and activists from a myriad of socio-political milieus have underscored the importance of intersectional approaches in struggles for social justice and in the making of inclusive public spaces. From feminist scholarship to human rights policy to commentary via Twitter memes, intersectionality as a theoretical concept, method of analysis, and mode of collaborative action circulates in both grassroots and intellectual discourse.…

Brunch with Patricia Hill Collins

Thu Mar 2, 2017 11:00AM - 12:00PM • Morris Inn - Private Dining Room

In conjunction with the Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race Conference Patricia Hill Collins, Provost's Distinguished Woman Lecturer and Keynote Speaker, will have brunch with Gender Studies undergraduate and graduate students.  Seats are limited. RSVP by emailing

Sharpening Intersectionality’s Critical Edge

Thu Mar 2, 2017 4:30PM - 6:00PM • McKenna Hall Auditorium

Patricia Hill Collins Poster

The Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce that Patricia Hill Collins will be delivering the keynote address at our fourth biennial international conference, Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race.  

Professor Collins' address, “Sharpening Intersectionality’s Critical Edge,” will be presented on Thursday, March 2, from 4:30-6 pm in McKenna Hall Auditorium