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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Reach Out to Women Exploited by the Commercial Sex Industry

Volunteer Training: Tuesday February 24,
from 6pm to 9pm
The training will be held at the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center
2646 Kensington Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125
Please R.S.V.P. by 2/17/15 to
Gina Valenziano
267 – 886 – 8395

Volunteer at the New Day Drop In Center Where: New Day Drop In Center 2659 Kensington Ave. Philadelphia 19125
When: Monday through Thursday 11am-5pm, with nighttime hours
Wednesday and Thursday 9pm to 12am (Day shifts are broken up into shifts: 11-2, 3-5pm) What: The Drop-In Program Provides: -An opportunity to reach out to, connect, and build relationships with women being exploited by the commercial sex industry.
-A front-line service, enabling women to address immediate needs while offering them connections to other services.
-A venue where women, who are typically socially isolated, are welcomed into a judgment free community.
-A time to share food and stories in the center’s kitchen where women know they belong and are heard
"Be present with another in her humanity."
Please consider coming to the training and committing to volunteer one shift per month

This is the kind of work that may qualify for internship credit for GWS.  You would need to speak with Professor Jean Lutes promptly if you are interested.

26th Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Student Research Conference Call for Papers

Deadline for Submission: Friday, February 13, 2015
       To Be Presented on: Thursday, March 26, 2015


Each year the Villanova Gender and Women’s Studies Program hosts the Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference.  It is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, discuss your interests with other students and faculty, and see the broad range of intellectual disciplines Gender and Women’s Studies encompasses.

Submit your paper to compete for a CASH AWARD in one of the following three categories:

1.      Papers or creative works by first year undergraduates (4-10 pages)

2.      Papers or creative works by sophomores, juniors, and seniors (5-20 pages)

3.      Papers by graduate students (12-30 pages)

The Barbara Wall Award for Feminist Praxis may be given to a paper that demonstrates a commitment to practical applications of feminist theory.

Essays and creative work must engage gender, sexuality, or feminist theories; a biographical or historical account of women or a woman is not sufficient. For example, a paper might: critically explore actions and reactions caused by gender prejudice or discuss how gender functions in some aspect of society; analyze a text using elements from feminist theory; or report an empirical study that engages gender. All papers must have been written during Spring or Fall 2014 or written specifically for the conference.

We encourage submission of alternative forms of scholarship, including but not limited to original scripts, poetry, or films that engage gender analysis. If the feminist or gender analysis is not overt in the creative work itself, the work should be accompanied by an essay that explains the theory's application.


Submission Guidelines


·         Essays should be formatted in Word, using 12 pt. Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins, and page numbers.

·         Outside sources, documented in a bibliography or reference section, are strongly encouraged.

·         Include a cover sheet with the following information: student’s name, major or program and year of graduation, mailing and email addresses, phone number, and the name of the course and professor for which the paper was written (if any).

·         Marks of identification, except for the work’s title, should not appear anywhere else in the paper.

·         Please email the paper as a Word document to ecs.villanova@gmail.com by February 13, 2015.


All papers will be presented at the conference on March 26.

Attendance at the conference constitutes an excused absence from classes.

Questions? Email us: ecs.villanova@gmail.com or call 610-519-3815

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Theatre of the Oppressed Class: "Hey, Mom and Dad...I'm straight"

Today, Tuesday December 2 at 6:30 PM in Garey Hall, Room 29A an undergraduate Theatre of the Oppressed Class will be performing an interactive theatre experience called "Hey, Mom and Dad...I'm straight." This piece will tackle issues of heterosexual privilege on campus today. 

Please come out to support this great event!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GWS Goes to the Theater

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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice 28-30 May 2015, Bloomington, IN, United States

International Conference on
Gender and Education
Critical Issues, Policy and Practice

28-30 May 2015, Bloomington, IN, United States

Organising 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


Call 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 include: 

  • Gender and hierarchy
  • Gender parity
  • Policies and gender inequalities
  • Cultural impacts and gender
  • Gender discourses
  • Gender, education and schooling
  • Gender and mobility
  • Education and the law
  • Ideal society
  • History of gender and education

The 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.

Please click here to submit a proposal

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Patricia Kubow - Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Education & Director, Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR)
Prof. 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 and Cultures

Dates: 28-30 May 2015
Venue: Indiana University - Bloomington, IN, United States
For further information: www.socialstudies.org.uk

10 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

Please click on this link to download the conference flyer.

GWS Co-Sponsored Event: Jonathan Katz

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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GWS Alum Published Essay

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!