Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies
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Events Calendar

2014 - 2015

Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Tom Foster "Sex and the Founding Fathers: The American Quest For A Relatable Past"

2014 Annual Five Colleges Distinguished History Lecture at UMass

Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union, UMass Amherst

This year’s speaker is Prof. Thomas A. Foster from DePaul University. He will discuss some of the issues presented in his recent book “Sex and the Founding Fathers.”

Here is an excerpt from the book's jacket:

"Biographers, journalists, and satirists have long used the subject of sex to define the masculine character and political authority of America's Founding Fathers. Tracing these commentaries on the Revolutionary Era's major political figures in Sex and the Founding Fathers, Thomas Foster shows how continual attempts to reveal the true character of these men instead exposes much more about Americans and American culture than about the Founders themselves."

The Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event.

Sat, Oct 18, 2014

Prison Birth Project

Prison Birth Project's 3rd Annual Solidarity Supper Fundraiser

Clarion Hotel, 1 Atwood Dr, Northampton, MA

Come support the Prison Birth Project. Enjoy a farm fresh dinner, learn about PBP's impact, hear about what is on the horizon & support the work moving forward.

Gluten free & Vegan Options. Onsite Childcare available. Wheelchair accessible.

Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men

Keefe Campus Center, Friedman Room

Join us for a lecture with Professor Michael Kimmel, one of the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University where he directs the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities.

This event is brought to you by Sexual Respect Education, The Peer Advocates of Sexual Respect, the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and the Women’s & Gender Center.

Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Closeup of Madia W. Cooper

Master Dance Class with Madia W. Cooper

Webster Hall, Studio 1

Instruction and choreography will include traditional West African vocabulary, Afro-Modern and West African hip-hop.

The class is open to all levels, open to the public and free of charge.

Madia W. Cooper holds an M.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, and a dance education degree from Brenau University, and is currently an instructor of dance at Middle Tennessee State University. She has performed at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Bill Evans Dance Co., Mawre African Dance and Drum Co., Sankofa African Dance Ensemble, Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF), Danscore, Gainesville Theater Alliance and Brenau Dance Ensemble. She has taught and choreographed at the Vanderbilt Summer Dance Intensive, New York Summer School of the Arts, The Atlanta Ballet Centre of Dance Education, American College Dance Festival, The Dancers’ Studio and the Gainesville Ballet Summer Intensive Residency. Along with teaching, she has had the opportunity to perform work by Bill Evans, Kofi Mawuko, Robert Battle, Carolyn Adams, Donald McKayle, Cleo Parker Robinson, Dianne McIntyre, Chet Walker, Darwin Prioleau, Habib Iddrisu, Larry Keigwin, Telly Fowler and Sherry Zunker.

The class is sponsored by the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Fund.

Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Beyond Amherst Poster

Beyond Amherst: SWAGS Faculty and Alumni Discuss the Academy, "The Real World" And the Pursuit of a Meaningful Life

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall

How does studying the topics of Sexuality, Women and Gender benefit you after graduation?

Join us for a discussion with alumni Jessica Andors '93, Aina Abiodun '94, Joshua Roussakis '13, and SWAGS faculty members Rick Griffiths and Khary Polk. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Amrita Basu.

Light refreshments will follow at the Women's & Gender Center.

Sponsored by the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Women's & Gender Center.

Wed, Dec 3, 2014

creating herstory poster

Creating Herstory: a celebration of art by and for and about women

Powerhouse, Amherst College

Advanced seminar "To Sculpt A Modern Women's Life" presents an event showcasing the artistic talents of the female identified students of the Five Colleges.

Mon, Feb 9, 2015

MOM BABY GOD poster

MOM BABY GOD

Webster Hall, Studio 3

The Gender Justice Collective Presents:
"MOM BABY GOD," a one-woman show by Madeline Burrows (HC '13) that delves into the complicated world of reproductive justice.

Monday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. - Show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Come early for pre-show fun!
The performance is free, but reservations are recommended (amherst.brownpapertickets.com)
Studio 3, Webster Hall, Amherst College
(Loretta Ross will be hosting an optional talkback immediately after each performance)

MOM BABY GOD:
Take a cupcake, put on a name tag, and prepare to be thrown into the world of the Christian Right, where sexual purity workshops and anti-abortion rallies are sandwiched between karaoke sing-alongs and pro-life slumber parties. Choices for Life Crisis Pregnancy Center is hosting the Students for Life of America conference, and right-wing teenagers are vying for popularity while preparing for political battle.

Our tour guide is fifteen-year-old Jessica Beth Giffords, an endearing and overly-caffeinated pro-life activist with two life goals: 1) Marry Justin Bieber, and 2) Become the next It-Girl of the Christian Right. She does pretty well until she meets John Paul, a flirtatious Christian boy sporting a purity ring, and struggles to contain her own sexual feelings while surrounded by the "pre-marital sex=death" mantra of the Students for Life conference. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, MOM BABY GOD is a darkly comedic exploration of American girl culture amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights.

Developed by actor and activist Madeline Burrows with director Emma Weinstein and designer Allison Smartt, this popular nationally touring show manages to bring out audiences of feminist activists, theater lovers, and Catholic missionaries alike. MOM BABY GOD is a rare night at the theater that is both thought-provoking and smashingly entertaining.

Tue, Feb 10, 2015

MOM BABY GOD poster

MOM BABY GOD

Webster Hall, Studio 3

The Gender Justice Collective Presents:
"MOM BABY GOD," a one-woman show by Madeline Burrows (HC '13) that delves into the complicated world of reproductive justice.

Monday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. - Show starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Come early for pre-show fun!
The performance is free, but reservations are recommended (amherst.brownpapertickets.com)
Studio 3, Webster Hall, Amherst College
(Loretta Ross will be hosting an optional talkback immediately after each performance)

MOM BABY GOD:
Take a cupcake, put on a name tag, and prepare to be thrown into the world of the Christian Right, where sexual purity workshops and anti-abortion rallies are sandwiched between karaoke sing-alongs and pro-life slumber parties. Choices for Life Crisis Pregnancy Center is hosting the Students for Life of America conference, and right-wing teenagers are vying for popularity while preparing for political battle.

Our tour guide is fifteen-year-old Jessica Beth Giffords, an endearing and overly-caffeinated pro-life activist with two life goals: 1) Marry Justin Bieber, and 2) Become the next It-Girl of the Christian Right. She does pretty well until she meets John Paul, a flirtatious Christian boy sporting a purity ring, and struggles to contain her own sexual feelings while surrounded by the "pre-marital sex=death" mantra of the Students for Life conference. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, MOM BABY GOD is a darkly comedic exploration of American girl culture amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights.

Developed by actor and activist Madeline Burrows with director Emma Weinstein and designer Allison Smartt, this popular nationally touring show manages to bring out audiences of feminist activists, theater lovers, and Catholic missionaries alike. MOM BABY GOD is a rare night at the theater that is both thought-provoking and smashingly entertaining.

Fri, Feb 13, 2015

Iron Sharmila graphic

"Disappearing Flesh" talk by Professor Bishnupriya Ghosh - CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled.

Professor Bishnupriya Ghosh will be giving a talk "Disappearing Flesh: Receiving Iconic Images of the Revolutionary Hunger Striker" as part of the South Asia Speaker Series.

Abstract by Professor Ghosh:
This talk concerns an embodied visual relation distinctive to iconic images critical to their social power, and the specific politics of embodiment in the figure of the revolutionary hunger striker. A genre of image that has captivated semioticians, art historians and religious studies scholars, iconic images exert a peculiarly magical force on their adorers and desecrators. Instead of dismissing that force as dangerous, productive of mass delusion, the complex histories of icon veneration give us another perspective on the political force of secular mass-produced iconic images. Focusing on one kind of iconic image, visceral and sensuous, consider the image operations of the hunger striker in forging the popular. Once a freedom fighter, now an activist, the hunger striker is pervasive in politics, from the suffragettes, to Bobby Sands, to Mahatma Gandhi. I look at the lesser-known figure of Irom Sharmila, the “iron lady of Manipur” who has been fasting for over a decade and has been kept alive by the Indian state. Her image circulates through print health bulletins, oral elegies, posters and television news, among other platforms. I look at two iconic images of Sharmila, Kavita Joshi’s footage from her 23-minute documentary “Tales from the Margins” (2006) and one graphic from Nitish Mohanty’s “Postcards for Irom” campaign (2013) to ask: What is the nature of Sharmila’s appeal? Can we argue it has something to do with the formal operations of the image or its specific historical materiality? Does it teach us something about the revolutionary hunger strikers’ challenge to the state control over the citizen’s bare life?

Biography:
Bishnupriya Ghosh is a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she teaches postcolonial theory and global media studies. Much of her scholarly work interrogates the relations between the global and the postcolonial; area studies and transnational cultural studies; popular, mass and elite cultures. While publishing essays on literary, cinematic and visual culture in several collections and journals such as boundary 2, Journal of Postcolonial Studies, Public Culture and Screen, in her first two books, Ghosh focused on contemporary elite and popular cultures of globalization. “When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel” (Rutgers UP, 2004) addressed the dialectical relations between emerging global markets and literatures reflexively marked as “postcolonial,” and “Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular” (Duke UP, 2011) turned to visual popular culture as it constitutes the global. Research is underway for a third monograph, “The Unhomely Sense: Spectral Cinemas of Globalization” that tracks the relations between globalization and cinematic/post-cinematic images.

This event is sponsored by the Lurcy fund, the Tagliabue fund and the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Natasha Barnes photo

"Folk Futurity: Creole Epistemologies in Nalo Hopkinson's 'Midnight Robber'"

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (rm 115)

Talk by Natasha Barnes, professor of English and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Event sponsored by the Amherst College Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Lucius Root Eastman 1895 Lecture Fund

Wed, Mar 4, 2015

NAIS Symposium

Five College NAIS Symposium "Contested Legal Realities"

University of Mass. & Amherst College

“’Contested Legal Realities’: Different Approaches to the Law in Indian Country” is a 3-day symposium that focuses on non-lawyer perspectives of legal issues in Indian Country. The concept for this symposium arose from a discussion within the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies colloquium. Our aim is to build on that conversation by hosting a day of round-table panels and break-out groups involving critical thinking at the crossroads of the Connecticut River Valley. The symposium is open to students, faculty, staff, community members and the general public.

Wed, Mar 25, 2015

Book cover of "Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of 'The Clash'"

Hitsville, USA: How "The Clash" Broke America With a Little Help From Their Friends on Free-form FM Radio

A talk by Randal Doane, author of "Stealing All Transmissions: A Secret History of The Clash."

Event hosted by Professor Khary Polk.

Sponsored by Arts at Amherst and the Departments of Black Studies & Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies at Amherst College

Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism

Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism

Marilyn Skinner (professor emerita, University of Arizona) is a pioneer in the study of gender and sexuality in Classical Antiquity. She will deliver the keynote speech on "Ancient Sexuality at a New Crossroads: Beyond Binarism." Professor Skinner's talk is part of a workshop sponsored by The Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges on the theme "New Directions in Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity." The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Additional sponsors are the Departments of Classics and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, and the Office of the Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College.

Thu, Apr 2, 2015

State Violence and Black Dispossession  in the Americas

State Violence and Black Dispossession in the Americas

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (rm 115)

A talk by Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University.

Sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund, the English Department and the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

Wed, Apr 8, 2015

Recruiting for the War on Terror: A Public Seminar on Militarism, Feminism & Race

Recruiting for the War on Terror: A Public Seminar on Militarism, Feminism & Race

Fayerweather Hall, Pruyne Lecture Hall (rm 115)

Dr. Vron Ware
Kingston University, London
“From Color Bar to Community Outreach: The Continuing Crisis of Racism and Representation in Britain’s Modern Military”

Dr. Elizabeth Mesok
Harvard University
“Gender Difference as a Weapon of War: American Service Women in Iraq and Afghanistan and the U.S. Military’s ‘New Diversity Vision’”

Fri, Apr 10, 2015

Save the date: 29th Annual Conference April 10-12, 2015

29th Annual Conference "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reporductive Freedom"

Hampshire College

Conference is free for students. Sliding-scale registration offered for all attendees. Registration opens January 2015.

Fri, Apr 17, 2015

Stonewall Prize

Stonewall Prize Deadline

Established by David L. Kirp of the Class of 1965 and other alumni, the prize is awarded annually to the student whose work offers substantial and exceptional commentary on some facet of queer, bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, or transgendered experience.

Submissions may take a number of forms including prose, poetry, fiction, drama, videos, films, art projects, photography and performance art. They may be created as part of a classroom assignment or honors project, or they may be original for this competition.

Submissions are due April 17, 2015. Please submit three copies of CDs or other portable media by mail to:
Stonewall Prize Committee
Campus Box #2208

You may also hand-deliver your submission to the Office of the President or email it to Ben Lieber.

Rose Olver

Rose Olver Prize Deadline

In memory of Professor Rose Olver, this prize is awarded annually to the thesis that best analyzes the construction of gender in conjunction with the historical, political, social, cultural, or psychological experiences of subjects. The project should also address gender relations as they intersect with class, race, sexuality, or nationality. Finally, the project should consider the broader implications of its conclusions for the field of sexuality, women’s, and gender studies.

Graduating seniors whose theses focus on sexuality, women’s and gender studies and who have taken two or more courses in these areas, at least one of which was through the Amherst College SWAGS Department, are invited to apply.

Your submission must include:

1. Thesis
2. One-paragraph abstract
3. Titles of the sexuality, women’s and gender studies courses that you have taken

Please e-mail your submission as attachments to the Amherst College SWAGS Department by Friday, April 17, 2015.

Sat, May 2, 2015

Spread the Word: Choir Extravaganza poster

Spread the Word: Choir Extravaganza

Join Resurrect (formally known as Amherst College Gospel Choir) May 2nd for their end of the year concert, called "Spread the Word!"

It will feature Resurrect as well as Central Connecticut State University's Ebony Choral Ensemble and UMASS-Amherst Gospel Choir! In addition, there will be two headlining artists: The FAM Ministry and LIVRE.

Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Concert starts: 7:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by various departments including the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies Department.

 

Contact Information

Rick Griffiths, Chair 2014-15
306 Beneski
413-542-5355
ftgriffiths@amherst.edu
Campus Box 2238
 
SWAGS Office
55 College St. / 14 Grosvenor House
Campus Box 2257 / PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
Phone 413-542-5781
Fax 413-542-8192
swags@amherst.edu
 
Stephanie Kvam
Academic Department Coordinator
14 Grosvenor House
skvam@amherst.edu
413-542-5781