Welcome Letter Fall 2010
I am extremely pleased to welcome you to the program’s new website, which I hope you will bookmark and visit often. Please also take a moment to join our Facebook group (see the link below), where we hope to bring together current faculty, students and supporters with graduates of our program.
2010 has been a busy and exciting year thus far. We graduated two majors and four minors in May, and have several more planning to graduate this December. Among those who graduated in May was Jenna Blaha, who was the recipient of the 2010 Helen Bannan Women’s Studies award. Jenna started a master’s program in English this fall at Georgetown University. Congrats, Jenna!
I also have some exciting curricular developments to report. We have a Psychology of Gender course for the first time ever, taught by new faculty member Dr. Erin Winterrowd; it filled quickly for fall, but will be offered again during the spring 2011 semester. We also have two new special topics courses offered this fall; Dr. Amney Harper is teaching "Introduction to Trans and Gender Queer Studies" during the January interim, and Courtney Bauder is teaching "Women Work for Social and Environmental Justice." Finally, Dr. Susan Rensing is teaching "Images of Women" this fall, which, though it is not a new course, has not been offered in several years.
Finally, we also have a quickly filling calendar of events for fall semester. Our long-running Brown Bag series will kick off on September 20th at noon in the Women’s Center, when we will have the great fortune to hear members of Compas de Nicaragua and UWO professor Douglas Haynes talk about the Women in Action project, which is based in Managua, Nicaragua. Check out their website. The Women’s Studies program is also excited to co-sponsor a visit by Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrl Revolution. She will be on campus on October 21st at 5:00 pm in Reeve 221. Even if you have never heard of bands like Bikini Kill or Bratmobile, come to this event to find out about what Publishers Weekly calls “a brash, gutsy chronicle of the empowering music and feminist movement of the early 1990s.”
Have a great semester, everyone!