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Thursday, September 11, 2014

GWS Faculty Member Honored

Katina Sawyer, assistant professor of psychology, has been honored by Women's Way, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia that has advocated for women and girls for 40 years. 

Women's Way named Professor Sawyer a recipient of a Powerful Voice Award for 2014. Professor Sawyer was celebrated as a "champion for diversity, inclusion, and work-life balance." Her winning combination of scholarship and activism embodies the ethic of GWS, which embraces both intellectual inquiry and concrete action toward social change. Professor Sawyer publishes scholarship on diversity in the workplace, works as a faculty advisor for NovaSVA, and volunteers for Women's Resource Center (women's community resource center), Dawn's Place (home for victims of human trafficking), and the William Way Center (LGBT community resource center). 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GWS Academic Director Interviewed on NPR and another Nellie Bly Event!


The Gender and Women's Studies program's very own Academic Director, Dr. Jean Lutes, was interviewed on NPR today, Wednesday, September 10th! She discussed the life and legacy of Nellie Bly, which is the topic of the book edited by Dr. Lutes,  Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings. Listen to the interview here.

There is also a Fringe Festival show about Nellie Bly playing this week. Nellie/Nellie is a music-driven dance theater exploration of Bly's Ten Days in a Mad-House. It's a highly physical show with live music, with everything from big dance numbers to small, heartbreaking moments. The creators hope to portray Bly as a complicated woman of her time with multi-faceted drives and reactions. The show runs Sept. 11, 12, and 13 at 8 pm at the Broad Street Ministry (in their big historic sanctuary in Center City). Tickets are free and you can reserve them here to reserve a seat. Here's a website with more information about the show: nelliefringe.tumblr.com 

Event: Jill McCorkel on "Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment"

GWS is co-sponsoring an event in room 205 of Falvey Memorial Library on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. for a Scholarship@Villanova lecture featuring Professor Jill A. McCorkel, Department of Sociology and Criminology. Dr. McCorkel will be talking about her recently published book, Breaking Women: Gender, Race and the New Politics of Imprisonment. Dr. McCorkel will discuss how her four years of research in a major U.S. women’s prison helped her to uncover the reasons tougher drug policies have so greatly affected those incarcerated there, and how the very nature of punishment in women’s detention centers has been deeply altered as a result.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Not Alone: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Examining The White House Report at Villanova

Photo: The Gender and Women's Studies Program presents a panel discussion, "Not Alone: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Examining the White House Report at Villanova." This panel will discuss the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Stacy Andes will provide information on resources available to Villanova students, Diane Moyer will provide an overview of the status of sexual assault on college campuses, and Theodora Sakellarides will report on her conversations with students at Villanova about the general culture around drinking and gender relations on the Villanova campus. This event will take place on September 24 at 6:00 PM in the Connelly Cinema.


The Gender and Women's Studies Program presents a panel discussion, "Not Alone: Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Examining the White House Report at Villanova." This panel will discuss the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. Stacy Andes will provide information on resources available to Villanova students, Diane Moyer will provide an overview of the status of sexual assault on college campuses, and Theodora Sakellarides will report on her conversations with students at Villanova about the general culture around drinking and gender relations on the Villanova campus.

This event will take place on September 24 at 6:00 PM in the Connelly Cinema.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Follow-Up: GWS Major Emily Tifft at the Supreme Court


The first time I argued a case before the Chief Justice of the United States, I lost on a technicality buried in the complex rules of tic-tac-toe. In the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts and his co-counsel of second graders promptly declared that since I cheated in a game of tic-tac-toe, I should, as one “Justice” so eloquently phrased it, serve a life term “in the slammer!” I was only reprieved from punishment when the Chief Justice’s personal secretary interrupted “Court” to announce the arrival of juice boxes for snack time. Such was my life as the Visitor Programs Intern at the Supreme Court of the United States. I spent my summer hosting educational programming events for Court visitors of all ages—including using punishment for breaking the rules in tic-tac-toe as a mechanism for explaining the justice system. My job responsibilities did not, however, end there. Throughout the summer, I also gave public lectures in the Courtroom about the history, architecture, and function of the Supreme Court. I led private tours around the building for family, friends, and personal guests of the Justices. I compiled research for the Court’s Curator on extrajudicial activities of all former Supreme Court Justices, and created scavenger hunts for children through the dozens of Justice portraits in the Court’s main hall. Each day at the Supreme Court was different; whether I was consoling a swarm of angry protestors or entertaining the U.S. ambassador to France, I was never bored. Indeed, my summer was full of learning experiences, all of which shaped me into a better leader, learner, and communicator. Throughout my 12-week internship, I drew on past experiences at Villanova to shape what I wanted to get out of my time in Washington—and I came to fully understand why my GWS degree is so valuable.

On the second day of my internship, I sat in on a private luncheon Justice Sonia Sotomayor hosted with female judges and lawyers from Afghanistan. The women told Justice Sotomayor about the rampant gendered violence in their country, a place where women are killed simply for being women, and girls go to school at the risk of being tortured or raped. Justice Sotomayor spoke eloquently about the importance of female politicians in Afghani government, and expressed her fervent belief that justice will prevail in law, even amid Afghanistan’s struggles. I left the Court that day completely reaffirmed in my plans for the future. Using my English and Gender and Women’s Studies majors, I want to become a lawyer with a focus on gender issues and women’s rights. While I was naive about that area of the law when I first arrived at the Court, I expressed my interest in gender law to my supervisor in the Curator’s Office. Thanks to my supervisor’s influence, throughout the summer I repeatedly spoke with accomplished lawyers and judges from around the world, some of whom specialize in various aspects of gender rights law in places as varied as Bosnia, England, and Russia. I had the privilege of talking to Justice Ginsburg’s female law clerks about how the Justice’s career in gender law inspired them to become lawyers themselves. I gave tours to women who were from a generation when females were not accepted into American law schools, and met inspirational women from parts of the world where females in upper-level classrooms still seems an impossible dream. Each day, the experiences reaffirmed my passion and reminded of a lesson from a Philosophy of Women class or a Gender and the World course. It all showed me how the Supreme Court’s motto, “Equal Justice Under Law,” can apply to my own life. Each of my colleagues this summer worked toward that mission of equality in his or her own way. Luckily for me, through this internship, I rediscovered my own plans—the way I want to contribute to making the world a more just society. I know that my GWS degree will help me get there.

 

 

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Awards and Honors for our GWS Faculty!

Congratulations to our award-winning GWS faculty!

Two GWS faculty members -- Megan Quigley, Assistant Professor of English, and Catherine Warrick, Associate Professor of Political Science -- won Villanova's Tolle Lege teaching award in May 2014. This award acknowledges excellence in teaching among faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.   

GWS faculty member Katina Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Psychology, received the 2014 Villanova University Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sawyer was also chosen as a recipient of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology Small Grant for a scale development project, entitled “How does conflict ‘work’ without heteronormative assumptions? Development and validation of an LGB identity-based work-family conflict scale.”

GWS Steering Committee member Sally Scholz, Professor of Philosophy and editor of the feminist philosophy journal Hypatia, was honored with the faculty Meyer Innovation and Creative Excellence Award for initiating a podcast series for the journal's book reviews and a video interview series with individual authors.  At commencement, Scholz was also honored with the 2014 Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award.

Congratulations as well to GWS faculty member Valerie Joyce, Associate Professor of Theatre, who was recently awarded tenure.

“In my Body: 2014 National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image” hosted by Cabrini College October 22-23

Cabrini College’s Department of English and Women’s Studies Program is hosting “In my Body: 2014 National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image” October 22-23. The conference will be hosted on Cabrini’s campus and will include plenary and keynote speakers.

Students are invited to submit proposals for individual presentations, panel discussions/workshops, and creative submissions. The proposal must be sent to filling@cabrini.edu (Dr. Michelle Filling-Brown) by September 1st.


Possible topics could include (but are not limited to):

-Cross-cultural beauty/body standards

-Connections between body image and changing fashions (e.g. clothing, make-up, hair styles)

-The role of media and advertising in creating, perpetuating, or resisting standards of beauty

-Intersections of gender, race, class, or sexuality and beauty culture

-Representations of body image/physical beauty in literature

-Body satisfaction/dissatisfaction and self-esteem as related to body image

-The objectification of oneself or of others’ bodies

-Sexualization of the female body

-Body work (e.g. steroid use, excessive dieting and/or exercising, cosmetic surgery, body modification)

-Historical discussion or research in psychological disorders that manifest themselves in relation to body image (e.g. body dysmorphia, eating disorders)

Specific details on proposal structures and guidelines can be found here: http://inmybodycabrini.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/in-my-body-national-undergraduate-conference-on-body-image/.