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On Thursday, November 13, GWS Graduate Assistant Jess
Otterbine organized a group of GWS students and attended Villanova Theatre’s
production of Charles Mee’s Big Love.
The play focuses on gender issues, as fifty sisters flee forced marriages with
their fifty male cousins. The production explored relations between men and
women, sexuality, marriage, among other gender-related topics.
The play is based on a Greek play called the Suppliant Women by Aeschylus and was
directed by Professor Harriet Powers. Read
a glowing review of the production on Stage Magazine here
Conference on Gender and
Education Critical Issues, Policy and
28-30 May 2015, Bloomington, IN, United
Institutions: Gender Studies Platform, London Centre for Social Studies
(LCSS) School of Education, Indiana University-Bloomington Centre for
Gender in Global Context (GENCEN), Michigan State University Department of
Law, Gediz University
for Proposals Deadline for
Abstract Submissions: Wednesday, 10th December 2014 The International
Conference on Gender and Education aims to engage researchers, academics and
policy makers in discussions and debates concerning the interplay between gender
related issues and educational dynamics. This conference will explore the
consequences and reflections of hierarchical structures in organizational
settings, societal resistance involving gender issues, the politics of gender
inequality, and gender dimensions of laws and gendered aspects of cultural norms
and values that intersect with education. Topics of interest
and gender inequalities
impacts and gender
education and schooling
and the law
of gender and education
conference is organised by the London Centre for Social Studies (LCSS) in
collaboration with the School of Education - Indiana University-Bloomington,
Centre for Gender in Global Context (GENCEN) - Michigan State University and
Department of Law - Gediz University.
Abstracts of up to 500 words are
invited for submission with successful abstracts being invited for presentation
at the conference. Authors of selected presentations will then be invited for
contributions in future publications.
Patricia Kubow - Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education &
Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research
Peter L. McLaren - Chapman University, College of Educational Studies Prof.
Margaret Crocco - Michigan State University, Department of Teacher
Education Prof. Nadje Al-Ali - The School of Oriental and African Studies
(SOAS), Centre for Gender Studies Assist. Prof. Kathryn Engebretson -
Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education Prof. Cigdem Balim
Harding - Indiana University-Bloomington, Department of Near Eastern Languages
Dates: 28-30 May 2015 Venue: Indiana University -
Bloomington, IN, United States For further information: www.socialstudies.org.uk
December 2014 : Abstracts submission deadline (Up to 500 words) 15 January
2015 : Paper notification 27 February 2015 : Earlybird registration
deadline 27 March 2015 : Final registration deadline 28-30 May
2015 : Conference
GWS is co-sponsoring an event Tuesday, November 18 at 5
PM. This talk will be given by Jonathan Katz and is titled, "How Not to
See Sexuality in Art: A Primer."
Dr. Jonathan Katz is a pioneering academic and gay
activist who works at the intersection of art history and queer history. He
founded the Queer Caucus for Art of the College Art Association and the Harvey
Milk Institute, and has served as the executive coordinator of the Larry Kramer
Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University. At present, Jonathan
Katz directs the doctoral program in Visual Studies at the State University of
New York at Buffalo.
As a specialist in Cold War-era art, Katz is concerned
with the question of why the American avant-garde came to be dominated and
defined by queer artists (Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, among others)
during what was perhaps the single most homophobic decade in this nation’s
history. He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and has a
forthcoming book on The Homosexualization of American Art.In 1995, he was actually kicked out of a
conference on Rauschenberg at the Guggenheim for mentioning the artist’s
relationship with Johns.
Katz's recent work includes co-curating, with David C.
Ward and Jenn Sichel, the exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in
American Art,” at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. This exhibition
was the first major museum exploration of the impact of same-sex desire and
identity in the creation of modern American portraiture.
GWS alum Francesca Montalvo was recently published on
Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal with her essay entitled “Protecting
Fashion: A Comparative Analysis of Fashion Design Copyright Protection in the
U.S. and Europe.” Check out the essay here!
GWS is co-sponsoring an event on Monday, November 17 at 4:30 PM.
Susan Rose will be discussing the Clothesline Project. The Clothesline
Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the
issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected
by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then
hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the
problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since
GWS faculty member Judy Giesberg will be heading the 2014 Steven and Janice Brose Distinguished Lecture Series
entitled “Know(ing) It When You See It: Pornography and Sexual Culture in the
Civil War North” November 6th-8th at Penn State
The series is described
as: “From 1842 to 1873, American lawmakers passed a series of measures intended
to protect youth from the ill effects of pornography, initially in response to
similar measures being taken in France and Great Britain. But the unique
circumstances of the U.S. Civil War determined that Americans would have a
different experience with pornography and anti-pornography than their European
counterparts. With easy and expanding access to photographic technologies,
accelerated delivery of the mails, and new customs laws that restricted the
importation of obscene materials, the U.S. Civil War made possible the triumph
of a thriving trade in domestic pornography—and let loose a spirited morality
campaign to stamp it out, culminating in the passing of Comstock Laws.
This lecture series will explore the trade in pornography that came into its
own in the Civil War era and the strong reaction it elicited.”
The list of talks is:
·Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm,
NLI Boardroom: “Lewd, Wicked, Scandalous:” American Pornography Comes of
·Friday, November 7 at 7 pm, NLI
Assembly Room: “Storming the Enemy’s Entrenchments:” Civil War Courts
Martial and the Sexual Culture of the U.S. Army Camp
·Saturday, November 8 at 4 pm,
NLI Boardroom: “Time to Kill:” Anthony Comstock and the Obscenity of War
***Admission is free and open to the public***
The GWS Department congratulates Professor Giesberg on
this amazing honor!