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Welcome From the Director
As I gather my thoughts about the spring 2014 semester, which launches this week, the weather is particularly un-springlike, but just seeing the word gives me hope that spring is indeed just around the corner. The days are getting longer, and one day soon I hope to look out my window at the Fox River and see that is flowing freely, rather than frozen over. For the last several years I have taught a course during spring semester that meets until 6 p.m., and I always take note of the first evening that I walk out of the building after class is over to find that it is still light outside.
But while we all wait for that day to come, there is a lot going on in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. We are experiencing a period of considerable growth, with more majors and minors that we have ever had. It appears that an increasing number of students recognize that pursuing a major or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies is good preparation for becoming change agents after graduation. As Michele Berger and Cheryl Radeloff note in their book, Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World, “Students in women’s and gender studies are trained to consider how their efforts in the classroom can be translated to affect the status of women and men (and anyone outside the gender binary) beyond the borders of their college or university.”
As a part of helping prepare students for life after graduation, we are hosting our 2nd annual career panel on March 18th from 3-5 p.m. in Sage Hall 3221. We have invited a number of alumni to come and talk about their current jobs and offer advice about seeking employment. All are welcome!
We are excited to be offering Justine Stokes’ Feminist Media Production course again, cross-listed with Radio, TV, Film, and are thrilled that the Women’s Center Director, Dr. Geneva Murray, is offering a new special topics course this spring based on her scholarly expertise in women, gender, sexuality, and sport. In the works right now for the 2014-2015 school year is a brand-new course called Gender, Place, & Culture, to be taught by Dr. Angela Subulwa of the Department of Geography and Urban Planning.
A big thank you to everyone for your continued support of the program. Here’s hoping that spring comes soon!
Students in our Feminist Theory class, Fall 2011