History

Timeline of the Gender Studies Program


1988-1989

First year of program

  • 15 Gender Studies concentrators
  • Faculty from 5 departments participate.
  • 4 students graduate with concentration
  • Lecture series funded by grant from AT&T
    • “History of Sexuality in America”
    • “Women in the Church”
    • “What’s Ahead for Working Women”
  • March 1989: proposal submitted to Lilly Endowment for three years of funding ($49,420) to support curriculum development (summer stipends) and the director’s stipend. Awarded July 1989. The rationale for the grant was well defined in the winning proposal: to enable "students to acquire a new perspective on their cultural heritage," to challenge them "to think through their values concerning the contributions, relations, and participation of men and women in sociey," and to encourage them "to examine the moral underpinnings of customary ways of viewing and interpreting course material and to apply the outcomes to their daily living."

1989-90

  • Program offers 18 cross-listed courses (7 fall/11 spring)
  • 9 concentrators; 7 concentrators graduate in spring
  • 8 departments participate
  • Total enrollments number 119
  • GS office in 127 Hesburgh Library
  • Kath Halischak appointed Executive Officer and Coordinator August 1989
  • First year of Lilly grant to Gender Studies
  • For the entire grant period (1989-1991) the funds support a chair’s stipend (Kate Halischak) and a total of 5 courses for undergraduates (i.e., Introduction to Gender Studies, Feminist Theory, and Feminist Perspective in the Social Sciences)
  • Gender Studies Visiting Scholar series begun; focus on “Gender and Families”
  • Aldous and Weigert proposal for an All College Visiting Professorship in Gender Studies submitted to Development, support by Dean Loux
  • December 1989, Dean Loux commits to seeking endowment funds for the program to support the program’s costs and chair. Loux states that Gender Studies will become his fund-raising priority with Development in 1990-1991
  • 15 issues of newsletter “Gender Matters” distributed
  • GS Colloquia topics:
    • “The Feminization of Poverty”
    • “Archaeology of Gender”
    • “Susan Gaspell”
    • “Feminism and Russia”
    • “Gender and Photography”
  • Lecture Topics:
    • “Marriage: What’s the Future”
    • "Justice, Gender, and Families”
    • One Woman Show about Emma Goldman

1990-1991

  • Program has 42 concentrators; 17 graduate in spring 1991
  • 27 courses cross-listed;
  • 22 faculty from 12 departments participate
  • First time course offered from outside Arts and Letters, in College of Law
  • Enrollments number 350
  • In May, Kate Halischak resigns as chair; Ava Preacher becomes Coordinator
  • First course development grants awarded:
    • Charlene Avallone, “Introduction to Gender Studies”
    • Gloria Jean Masciarotte, “Introduction to Feminist Critical Theory”
    • Kathleen Biddick, “Re-Valuing the Western Civilization Survey”
  • December 1990: Maya Angelou guest speaker
  • Sponsored Talk: “Feminist Perspectives and Limits on National Security Discourse”
  • Colloquium Topics: “Sexual Exploitation on Campus,” “Reproductive Rights” (student presentation), “Teen Sexuality and Parental Consent”
  • February 1991, GS moves to new office on first floor O’Shag

1991-1992

  • Program has 49 concentrators
  • 970 students enrolled in 44 cross-listed courses in 11 departments
  • GS faculty number 25
  • Ava Preacher, Director
  • Dean Attridge commits money from line items in the A&L budget for a half-time Director, half-time Administrator, office supplies
  • Gender Studies receives an annual operating budget of $7,000
  • January 1992: “Day of Woman” celebration at the Snite, coordinated by Diana Mathias
  • COTH, History, Psychology, Sociology have job candidates meet with GS

1992-1993

  • Summer 1992 Development discusses funding the program with Attridge and Gender Studies faculty
  • Film Series: “The Femme Fatale on Film”
  • February: Faculty Forum on “Murphy Brown and Family Values” (Mary Caputi)
  • 12 concentrators graduate May 1993
  • August 1993: Ava Collins moves to Office of Undergraduate studies
  • August 1993: announce $50,000 Hancock Endowment

1993-1994

  • Senior Practicum in Gender Studies instituted. Involves independent research or experiential project.
  • List of faculty to teach graduate seminars in Gender Studies generated
  • Jennifer Glass (Sociology) becomes Acting Director
  • May 1994: $7500 requested from A&L for three core courses (introduction, feminist theory, and feminist perspectives in the social sciences), in order to “buy” faculty time from departments. The request was not granted

1994-1995

  • Jennifer Glass resigns
  • Mary Rose D’Angelo serves as Interim Director; Marie Kram, Coordinator and Norma Sweeny, Secretary. These are all new positions
  • Began with 35 concentrators. This number increased to 53 by May. 13 students graduated.
  • 59 courses offered
  • 15 additional faculty members
  • 3 students participate in the newly developed practicum

1995-1996

  • Kathy Biddick becomes new Director, Marie Kramb leaves
  • Position of Coordinator is filled by Susan St. Ville
  • Shirley Lute becomes the new Gender Studies Secretary
  • 3 year subvention of Professor Philip Quinn’s endowment allows the position of coordinator to change from part-time graduate assistantship to the rank of full time assistant professional specialist
  • Gender Studies Director receives a discretionary fund of $1500 and a student assistant for 20 hours per week
  • September 1995: screening of Jill Godmilow’s Roy Cohn/Jack Smith film at Snite as benefit for Gender Studies and forum for discussing gay and lesbian issues on campus. Critical issues roundtable on “The Epistemology of Campus Closets.”
  • Graduate essay prize developed
  • 58 Concentrators
  • 28 graduates
  • 81 cross-listed courses
  • 4 practicum students

1996-1997

  • Kathy Biddick continues as director, Susan St. Ville as coordinator
  • Tori Davies is hired as Administrative Assistant.
  • Second Major is proposed.
  • 46 Concentrators
  • 77 cross-listed courses
  • External review requested

1997-1998

  • 10 year Anniversary of the program
  • First among courses that faculty choose to cross-list
  • 2nd major approved and implemented (24 credit hours)
  • 47 students
  • 62 courses
  • Internship grant secured from the Boehnen family

1998-1999

  • Barbara Green is elected as the new Director of Gender Studies
  • 46 Students
  • 60 faculty
  • Internship program begins

1999-2000

  • For-credit internship program is developed

2000-2001

  • Barbara Green serves her last semester as Director
  • Kathleen Pyne begins her term as Director in January 2001
  • The coordinator’s position is vacant
  • 30 students
  • 81 courses
  • 82 faculty
  • Gender Core is developed
  • Proposal to change coordinator to Assistant Director T&R Position

2001-2002

  • Glenn Hendler serves as Interim Director. Sophie White is Visiting Assistant Director
  • 50 students
  • 75 courses
  • Graduate student research grant awarded
  • First year in new office
  • Gender Studies budget is increased to $12,000

2002-2003

  • Kathleen Pyne returns to finish her term as Director
  • Sophie White is hired as Assistant Director
  • 80 students in 85 courses
  • 100 faculty
  • Graduate research symposium with research awards is instituted.
  • Second section of Introduction to Gender Studies is proposed
  • Practicum is restructured as a one-semester seminar
  • Sept 2002: GS co-sponsors Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Patricia Fortini Brown
  • April 2003: Graduate Student Research Forum in Gender Studies, three honoraria of $1000 each awarded
  • April 2003: GS senior majors hold thesis research symposium

2003-2004

  • Fall 2003: second section of the Introduction to Gender Studies course taught
  • October and December: Gender Studies faculty research forum
  • December 2003: senior undergraduate majors hold research symposium
  • April 2004: graduate student gender studies research forum
  • Gender Studies Self Study document completed
  • External Review held April 4 – 7
  • GS has nearly 90 supplementary majors and minors, and close to 100 faculty

2004-2005

  • Outstanding Senior Thesis awards instituted in three categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Reflective Essay
  • GS co-sponsors (with History Dept.) new undergraduate course on “Catholicism and American Women” taught by Dr. Kathleen Cummings
  • October 2004: Notre Dame GS faculty research symposium
  • February 2005: GS co-hosts (with Sociology) the visit of Prof. Kornelia Hauser of the University of Innsbruck, which brought together faculty and graduate students across the disciplines in the College to discuss new pragmatic applications of feminism in Europe and the United States
  • March 2005: GS research symposium for graduate students
  • GS majors and minors close to 100

2005-2006

  • Recommendations from External Reviewers’ report (2004) implemented:
    1) re-organization of undergraduate curriculum into Core and Elective courses
    2) Appointment of Senior Faculty Fellows in Gender Studies, who serve three-year, joint appointments as faculty with Gender Studies and their home departments; they are Prof. Barbara Green (English), Prof. Christina Wolbrecht (Political Science), Prof. Mary Rose D’Angelo (Theology), Prof. Gail Bederman (History), Prof. Pam Wojik (Film, Television, and Theatre), and Prof. Theresa Ghilarducci (Economics and Policy Studies)
    3) Proposal written for a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies for qualifying Master’s and Ph.D. students
  • Thanks to generosity of Dave and Shari Boehnen, funding for Boehnen Internship Grant in Gender Studies is doubled to allow grants to 4 majors.
  • November 2005: GS co-hosts (with History, Gender History Group) visit of Emily Clark of Tulane University

2006-2007

  • Eileen Hunt Botting serves as Director of Gender Studies
  • Linnie Caye is hired as full time Program Coordinator
  • GS co-sponsors Women in Islam event with Chahdortt Djavann and Irshad Manji
  • Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecturers – Laurel Ulrich, Harvard (History) and Cecilia Rouse, Princeton (Economics & Policy Studies)
  • New Boehnen lecture on discrimination in the marketplace
  • Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship is initiated with Krista Duttenhaver and Samara Cahill
  • Gender Studies Open Houses initiated
  • Fall 06: Gender Studies Program – Body & Soul Gender, Religion & Identity Film Series
  • Spring 07: Henkels Interdisciplinary Visiting Speaker Series – Charles Taylor
  • Sponsors first production of Loyal Daughters & Sons

2007-2008

  • Undergraduates start Honor Society Triota (Alpha Phi Chapter of Iota Iota Iota)
  • Graduate minor established
  • Willis endowment for Gender Studies received and Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Grant initiated
  • Barbara Green and Pam Wojcik teach first Gender Studies Graduate Seminar
  • Fall 07: Gender Studies Program: Cosmopolitanism Conference, Gender, Race, Class and the Quest for Global Justice. Distinguished speakers: Martha Nussbaum and Kwame Anthony Appiah
  • Gender Studies Program Inaugural Event: Managing Gender at Work Lecture Series with Pamela Carey-Mackenzie, Director of Retail Operations Proctor & Gamble “Insights on Being a Female Leader in Corporate America.”
  • Research Workshops initiated
  • Predoctoral Teaching Fellows: Krista Duttenhaver and Alyssa Guthrie
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons

2008-2009

  • Hosts Gender Studies 20th Anniversary Celebration with co-sponsorship of Provost’s Distinguished Women Lecturer Professor Christine Stansell
    “Matrophobia and the Women’s Movement – Generational Tensions in Feminism 1968-2008”
  • First Distinguished Visiting Professor in Gender Studies named, Christina Traina, Theology, Northwestern University, teaches Graduate Course Fall 2008
  • Predoctoral Teaching Fellows: Abigail Palko and Jacquilyn Weeks
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons

2009-2010

  • Pamela Robertson Wojcik, Associate Professor in Film, TV and Theatre and a Senior Fellow in Gender Studies is elected as new Director.
  • Two Distinguished Visiting Professors teach Graduate Courses Fall 2009: Barbara Taylor, Professor of Modern History, University of East London and Norma Clarke, Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, Kingston University
  • Hosts Gender, Place and Space: An Interdisciplinary Conference March 25-27, 2010
  • Reinstated Awards Recognition Reception featuring Senior Capstone project presentations – April, 2010
  • Managing Gender at Work Series sponsors Dr. Carolyn Sargent, Professor, Department of Anthropology/Joint Appointment in Women’s Sexuality and Gender Studies – Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Sponsors Nona Willis Aronowitz, author of “Girl Drive: Criss Crossing American, Redefining Feminism
  • Sponsors Daniel Beverly, Documentary Filmmaker, “Documenting Trauma”
  • Adjusts undergraduate curriculum to introduce 3 concentrations: Arts & Culture, Religion & Family, Gender & Society
  • Honor Society produces first Academic Journal in Gender Research and Scholarship “Through Gendered Lenses”
  • Initiated Teaching Apprenticeships for Graduate Students in Gender Studies
  • Predoctoral Teaching Fellows: Abigail Palko and Jacquilyn Weeks
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons
  • Gender Studies operating budget from the College of Arts & Letters is reduced to zero.

2010-2011

  • First Director of Undergraduate Studies hired, Abigail Palko
  • New website launched
  • New brochures launched
  • Co-Sponsors Provost's Distinguished Women's Lecture Series: "Scented Gloves and Perfumed Buttons: Smelling Things in Renaissance Italy" by Evelyn Welch
  • Co-Sponsors 31st Annual McBride Lecture: Ellen Bravo "Beyond the Glass Ceiling: It's Time to Redesign the Building"
  • Co-Sponsors lecture by William C. Carter "Proust, the Writer: Mastering a Craft and Breaking a Taboo"
  • Sponsors Bridget Brennan, CEO, Female Factor - Lecture and Roundtable discussion
  • Sponsors lecture by Dr. Theresa Ricke-Kiely "Discussion of Non-Profit and Volunteer Opportunities"
  • Co-Sponsors lecture by Catherine MacKinnon
  • Co-Sponsors Women's Writers Conference
  • Sponsors Hysterical Alphabet - Browning Cinema film
  • Sponsors Justin Spring - Secret Historian Multimedia Presentation
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons
  • Co-Sponsors The Power of Image - Black Women in Memory, Protest and History presented by Department of Africana Studies
  • Adjusts curriculum to include Perspective on Gender: Theory and Practice as requirement for Undergraduate majors and minors
  • Adjusts curriculum to include Senior Seminar and Senior Capstone Essay as senior capstone projects
  • Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Student Recipients: Karen Monique Gregg (PhD Sociology) and Daniel J. Hicks (PhD Philosophy)

2011-2012

  • Co-sponsors PhD in Literature Cosmopolitanism in Feminine Writing lectures
  • Co-sponsors Women, War & Peace: Panel Discussion by Kroc Institute for International Peace
  • Co-sponsors Latina Theatre Today: New Voices Conferences presented by Film, Television, Theatre
  • Co-sponsors Queer Queries: Ally, Gender & Sexual Identity at Notre Dame presented by the Progressive Student Alliance
  • Presents an interdisciplinary conference: Food Networks: Gender and Foodways
  • Co-sponsors Rousseau 2012 and Dignity: Are We Just Yet?
  • Initiates first Gender Studies Book Club with “Transforming Scholarship  Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and The World” by Michele Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff
  • Co-sponsors Henkels Lecture – Whitney Davis, Pardee Professor of the History and Theory of Ancient and Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons
  • Hosts Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecturer – Dr. Laura Mary Alice Mulvey, Professor of Film and Media Studies – Birbeck College, University of London
  • Co-sponsors International Women's Day Mini Film Festival
  • Co-Sponsors FIRE Starters Play
  • Co-Sponsors Profiles on Standing Against Hate and 4-5 Movement
  • Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Student Recipients: Keelin Burke (PhD History) and Lourdes Hurtado (PhD History)
  • Research Workshops Fall/Spring - Coordinated by Meagan Simpson and Robinson Murphy
  • Hesburgh Library concourse exhibit featuring the work of Nicole Kenney (BFA '03),  Kamilah Campbell (MFA, Gender Studies Minor, '13) and the Introduction to Gender Studies Course students commemorating the 40th anniversary of Notre Dame becoming co-ed.
  • Annual Writing Competition for Undergraduates and Graduates
  • Summer Internship Grants awarded
  • Honor Society Members publish third annual Undergraduate Research Journal Through Gendered Lenses
  • Recognition Ceremony
  • Graduation Reception

2012-2013

  • Gender Studies offers a Primary Major along with a Supplemental Major and a Minor
  • Sponsors Gender Studies Book Club with undergraduate discussion leaders: Molly Shank (Bossypants by Tina Fey), Nora Goebelbecker (The Salt Eaters by Toni Cade Bambara), Maria McLeod (How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran),  Lauren Palomino (Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy)
  • Co-Sponsors The Gay Marriage Debate – Maggie Gallagher and John Corvino
  • Sponsors Who Needs Feminism event on campus
  • Co-Sponsors Panel Discussion – 40th Anniversary of Co-eds on Campus/Paving the Way: Reflections on the Early Years of Coeducation at Notre Dame
  • Co-Sponsors Neither Allah nor Master! Film Festival
  • Sponsors Study Break Screening of Snow White & the Huntsman
  • Co-Sponsors Henkels Lecture Series: Social Concerns and Politics in the 21st Century – The Politics and Practice of Economic Justice.  Speaker: Dorian Warren, Columbia University
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons
  • Co-Sponsors Show Some Skin: It’s Complicated
  • Co-Sponsors 40th Anniversary Celebrating Women by Shades of Ebony
  • Co-Sponsors Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference
  • Co-Sponsors Female Faust Figures Lecture
  • Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Student Recipients: Hilary Davidson (PhD Sociology) and Meagan Simpson (PhD English)
  • Research Workshops Fall/Spring - Coordinated by Meagan Simpson and Robinson Murphy
  • Annual Writing Competition for Undergraduates and Graduates
  • Summer Internship Grants awarded
  • Thesis Research Grants awarded
  • Honor Society Members publish fourth annual Undergraduate Research Journal Through Gendered Lenses
  • Graduate Writing Prize renamed G. Margaret Porter Graduate Writing Prize honoring G. Margaret Porter as she retires from the position of Gender Studies Librarian at the Hesburgh Library.
  • Julie Tanaka is welcomed as the new Gender Studies Librarian
  • Graduation Reception

2013-2014

  • First 4 students to graduate with Gender Studies Primary Major
  • Established 13 Concurrent Faculty replacing Senior Fellow positions
  • Social Science Core Curriculum subcommittee approves Introduction of Gender Studies for the Social Science core designation
  • Hosts Midwest Undergraduate Conference on Gender “Bursting Gender’s Bubble, An Interdisciplinary Gender Studies Conference
  • Sponsors Gender Studies Book Club: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel, Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood by Carlos Andres Gomez, Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
  • Sponsors 3 Open Houses and introduces “Gender Matters” sessions
  • Co-Sponsors Sister Jean Roundtable: Gender and Sports
  • Co-Sponsors A Conversation with Lynn Nottage: Race & Representation in American Theatre
  • Sponsors What Does Your Halloween Costume Say About You
  • Co-Sponsors Lecture by Professor Diane Radycki (Moravian College) Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist
  • Co-Sponsors The Connemara Five – Irish Playwright Micheál Ó Conghaile's International Debut at ND produced and directed by Seán Cotter, Class of 2015, Art History Major & Irish Studies Minor
  • Sponsors The Feminine Mystique Discussion Group
  • Sponsors Meet, Greet & Eat hosted by Gender Studies Honor Society
  • Co-Sponsors The Naked Truth: Advertising’s Image of Gender/GRC
  • Co-Sponsors Legally Blond presented by PEMCo
  • Co-Sponsors Show Some Skin production/First Year Studies
  • Co-Sponsors Women and the Ivory Tower
  • Co-Sponsors What Darwin Didn’t Change – Investigating the Enduring Interactions of Faith, Science, and Religion
  • Co-Sponsors Shades of Ebony
  • Co-Sponsors Maisha Winn Building a Lifetime Circle: English Education in the Time of Mass Incarceration
  • Co-Sponsors Girl Rising viewing with Malawi Matters, Inc.
  • Co-Sponsors American Empire: The State of the Field Symposium
  • Co-Sponsors The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice
  • Co-Sponsors The Dear World Project
  • Co-Sponsors Take Back the Night/GRC
  • Co-Sponsors Hannah Mather Crocker Society
  • Co-Sponsors Margaret Atwood Lecture
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons
  • Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Student Recipients: Kristi Donaldson (PhD Sociology) and Robinson Murphy (PhD English)
  • Research Workshops Fall/Spring - Coordinated by Meagan Simpson and Robinson Murphy
  • Annual Writing Competition for Undergraduates and Graduates
  • Summer Internship Grants awarded
  • Thesis Research Grants awarded
  • Honor Society Members publish fifth annual Undergraduate Research Journal Through Gendered Lenses
  • Lauren Ajamie is welcomed as the new Gender Studies Librarian
  • Graduation Reception

2014-2015

  • 61 Undergraduate and 29 Graduate students enrolled in Gender Studies Program
  • Dr. Abigail Palko becomes new Associate Director of Gender Studies
  • Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to 1987, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and one of the nation’s most influential figures in higher education, the Catholic Church, and national and international affairs, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26) at Holy Cross House adjacent to the University. He was 97
  • Joan Aldous – helped establish Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program in 1988 and the first woman endowed professor at ND dies on October 29, 2014
  • Hosts Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood Conference
  • Sponsors Gender Studies Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, Grasshopper Jungle By Andrew Smith, Zami by Audre Lorde, and Blonde Roots by Bernadine Evaristo
  • Hosts two “Gender Matters” Open Houses
  • Co-Sponsors Are you Getting the Signal? – Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors Screening of Burning Blue – Film, Television, Theatre Event
  • Co-Sponsors Women & Civil Rights Movement Lecture Series – St. Mary’s College Event
  • Co-Sponsors Screening of Women in Politics – Notre Dames Event
  • Hosts Faculty Wine & Cheese Reception
  • Co-Sponsors Carlos Gomez – Man UP Provoke Freedom College Tour – Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors AnnaLynne McCord – It Starts with Me: Healing and Forgiveness Presentation – Film, Television, Theatre
  • Sponsors annual production of Loyal Daughters & Sons
  • Co-Sponsors Queer in Academia Lecture – GLASSND Event
  • Co-Sponsors Male Speaker Series featuring Arthur Chu—Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors NACCP Black History Month Dinner & Discussion – Sexualization of the Black Male Body
  • Co-Sponsors Show Some Skin Performance
  • Co-Sponsors Women’s Week—Shades of Ebony Event
  • Sponsors Perspectives Class tickets for Cloud Tectonics
  • Co-Sponsors box lunch round table discussion with Ursula Barry—Keough-Naughton Institute Event
  • Co-Sponsors Dr. Laurie Wilkie—Defenders of Freedom: The Black Regulars of Fort Davis, Texas, 1867-1882
  • Co-Sponsors Theory Reading Group – Ethics/Politics/NonViolence Hosted by Z’etoile Imma
  • Co-Sponsors The Ethics and Politics of Nonviolence featuring Judith Butler—English Department Event
  • Co-Sponsors The Hunting Ground screening—FTT Event
  • Co-Sponsors Take Back the Night—Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors At Home in the Space Between—English Department Event
  • Teaching Apprenticeship for Graduate Student Recipients: Catherine Brix (PhD in Literature) and Melissa McCoul (PhD English)
  • Research Workshops Fall/Spring - Coordinated by Beatriz Carrillo (PhD History & Philosophy of Science) and Angel Matos (PhD English)
  • Annual Writing Competition for Undergraduates and Graduates
  • Summer Internship Grants awarded
  • Thesis Research Grants awarded
  • Honor Society Members publish sixth annual Undergraduate Research Journal Through Gendered Lenses
  • Pamela Wojcik, Professor of Film, Television and Theatre completes her 2nd term as Director of Gender Studies and welcomes Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Film, Television and Theatre as the next Director of Gender Studies
  • Graduation Reception

2015-2016

  • 59 Undergraduate and 34 Graduate students enrolled in Gender Studies Program
  • Mary Celeste Kearney, Associate Professor of Film, Television and Theatre and Gender Studies Concurrent Faculty member begins her first term as Director of Gender Studies
  • Operating Budget of $10,200 was reinstated
  • Steering Committee adds one undergraduate and one graduate student as non-voting members. Spring 2016 Representatives: Dominique Duverney (Junior, Gender Studies Major, Peace Studies Supplemental Major) and Angel Matos (PhD English)  Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Representatives: Arielle Sims (Senior, Gender Studies Major) and Colleen Mitchell (PhD student Political Science and Gender Studies Graduate Minor)
  • First recipient of Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award: Abigail Palko, Associate Director, Gender Studies Program
  • Graduate Minor curriculum adjusted Research Workshop semester requirements to designated number of attended Workshops.  Core Seminar title was replaced with Interdisciplinary Seminar title
  • Combined Research Faculty and Teaching Faculty to create Affiliated Faculty
  • Sponsors 10th Annual (and final) Loyal Daughters and Sons Production
  • Hosts 2nd Midwest Undergraduate Conference in Gender Studies - New Directions
  • Hosts Gender Studies Book Club: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Why She Buys by Bridget Brennan
  • Hosts Gender Studies Orientation/Open House
  • Hosts Andrea Pino/Annie Clark lecture – “The Hunting Ground”
  • Hosts Feminist Investigations Discussion Group
  • Hosts “Raise Your Vibe Workshop” by Patricia Kirk
  • Hosts Bridget Brennan (CEO Female Factor) Lecture “Top Trends in Marketing and Selling to Women”
  • Hosts “Empowering Parents to Be- a Panel on Medical Approaches to Pregnancy and Childbirth” – Gender Studies Honor Society (Triota) Event
  • Co-Hosts “Console-ing Passions at Notre Dame with Film, Television and Theatre
  • Co-Sponsors Are you Getting the Signal? – Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors Screening & Panel of India’s Daughter – Nanovic Institute Film Series
  • Co-Sponsors lecture by Christian Murphy, Founder of Catharsis Productions – Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors exhibits by Adriana Corral and Alma – Sociology Event
  • Co-Sponsors “It’s Time ND”  - ND Diversity Council
  • Co-Sponsors Lindsay Horvath, Mayor of West Hollywood – Rooney Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors Rita Felski Seminar – American Studies Event
  • Co-Sponsors Branden Joseph Lecture – Art History Event
  • Co-Sponsors “Beat the Blame” Game – Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors Emerging Poets of Color – Institute for Latino Studies Event
  • Co-Sponsors “Show Some Skin” performance
  • Co-Sponsors “Stand Up Women-Gender Performance and Critique – Film, Television and Theatre Event
  • Co-Sponsors “Shades of Ebony – Women’s Week 2016”
  • Teaching Apprentices for Graduate Students: Suzanne Garcia (MFA Creative Writing) and Angel Matos (PhD English)
  • Research Workshops Fall/Spring - Coordinated by Eric Lewis (PhD English) and Melissa McCoul (PhD English)
  • Annual Writing Competition for Undergraduates and Graduates: Abigail Bartels (Undergraduate Essay and Thesis), Danielle Green (Graduate Essay)
  • Summer Internship Grants awarded: Molly Burton, Brynn Gallahue, Meghan Watts
  • Thesis Research Grants awarded: Pete Freeman, Moira Horn, Amit Paul, Arielle Sims
  • Honor Society Members publish seventh annual Undergraduate Research Journal Through Gendered Lenses
  • Graduation Reception

2016-2017

  • 52 Undergraduate and 41 Graduate students enrolled in Gender Studies Program
  • Pamela Wynne Butler begins her one-year term as Visiting Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Gender Studies Program
  • Steering Committee appoints one undergraduate and one graduate student as non-voting members: Arielle Sims ‘17 (Gender Studies Major) and Colleen Mitchell (PhD student Political Science and Gender Studies Graduate Minor)
  • Recipient of Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award: Janet Kourany, Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Hosts Intersectional Inquiries Gender and Race Conference, March 2017
  • Hosts Pizza and Pins Event
  • Hosts Gender Studies Book Club: Sex Object by Jessica Valenti, Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherrie Moraga, and Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  • Hosts “Gender Studies Explores the Election” Event
  • Co-Hosts “Put Your Gender Studies Education to Work” Event with the Career Center
  • Co-Sponsors Trans* Studies Conference, Institute for LGBT Studies/University of Arizona
  • Co-Sponsors Sustainable Wisdom Symposium—Psychology Event
  • Co-Sponsors PhotoFutures exhibit at the Snite Museum
  • Co-Sponsors lecture by Dr. P. Carl, “Creating New Work in American Theatre”—Film, Television and Theatre Event
  • Co-Sponsors Gender Film Fest—Gender Studies and Film, Television and Theatre Event
  • Co-Sponsors FEMMS Conference—Philosophy Event
  • Co-Sponsors Helen King lecture, Provost Distinguished Women’s Lecturer—Classics Event
  • Co-Sponsors Broken promises, production focused on sex trafficking—Milagro event
  • Co-Sponsors Gender and the 2016 Election event—Political Science Event
  • Co-Sponsors Evening with Chief Theresa Kachindamoto event—Political Science Event
  • Co-Sponsors Anne Curzan lecture—English Event
  • Co-Sponsors Rape, Culture, & Post-Racial America lecture—Student Government Event
  • Co-Sponsors Women’s March South Bend—Indiana University South Bend Event
  • Co-Sponsors Claudine Rankine lecture—Creative Writing Event
  • Co-Sponsors Majors Night—College of Arts and Letters Event
  • Co-Sponsors “Show Some Skin” student production
  • Co-Sponsors Shades of Ebony—Women’s Week 2017—Shades of Ebony and Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors An Evening with Rosie Rios lecture—Student Government Event
  • Co-Sponsors DeAndre Levy lecture—Gender Relations Center Event
  • Co-Sponsors “Democracy, Gender, and Local Politics in the Andes Documentary film ‘Soy Andina II’”—Romance Languages Event
  • Co-Sponsors 2017 LGBT Award Weekend Celebration—GALA ND/SMC
  • Teaching Apprentices for Graduate Students: Eric Lewis (PhD English) and Danielle Green (PhD English)
  • Research Workshops Fall/Spring - Coordinated by Jeremy Davidheiser (PhD English) and Marjorie Housley (PhD English)
  • Annual Writing Competition for Undergraduates and Graduates: Stephen Pete Freeman (Undergraduate Essay) Gabrielle Marzke) (Undergraduate Thesis), Patricia Bredar (Graduate Essay)
  • Summer Internship Grants awarded: Luciana Jansen Albuquerque, Rebecca Fritz, Hailey Fulwider, Emily Garrett, Anne Jarrett
  • Thesis Research Grants awarded: Molly Burton, Stephen Pete Freeman,
  • Honor Society Members publish eighth annual Undergraduate Research Journal Through Gendered Lenses
  • Graduation Reception