Women's and Gender Studies

Mosiac of Knowledge

Fall 2014 Lecture Series

Becoming a Gender Smart Investigator

All lectures are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies, IDCE, and the Department of Political Science.

Thursday, October 23 | 11:45am-1:15pm
121 Sackler Science Building

The Syrian War in Year 3: Where are the Women? Where are the Men? Why does it Matter?
Cynthia Enloe, PhD

The Syrian civil war has been devastating. Has it now become a male-only affair? Yet Syrian feminists refuse to disappear - what are they doing? Digging into the gendered stages of any war makes us smarter about that war and about steps toward a potentially sustainable peace.

Thursday, October 30 | 11:45am-1:15pm
121 Sackler Science Building

How to Conduct Your Own Feminist Investigation of the Media
Cynthia Enloe, PhD

Media in all countries are becoming more diverse. But are they becoming less sexist? Less militarized? It takes feminist sleuthing skills to change the gendered politics of film, television, newspapers, radio and the Internet.

Thursday, November 6 | 11:45am-1:15pm
121 Sackler Science Building

Women in Action: Fostering Women’s Political Participation Worldwide
Tanya Henderson

The presence of women in government is important not only to secure the equal rights of women, but for the nature of governance itself. Why is women’s political participation essential to building and sustaining democracy? What obstacles do women face when striving to participate in political life? This talk will explore case studies of how women and countries are successfully fostering women's political participation.

Thursday, November 13 | 11:45am-1:15pm
121 Sackler Science Building

You’re Living in an Institutional Culture. How to Tell if You are Complicit in Its Patriarchy
Cynthia Enloe, PhD

Sexual assaults in militaries and on college campuses. Lack of enforcement of gender equity mandates in humanitarian interventions. Unspoken gender codes and everyday practice subvert efforts to create more creative, transparent and fair institutions.

About our Speakers

Cynthia Enloe is currently a Research Professor in the International Development, Community, and Environment Department (IDCE). Professor Enloe’s feminist teaching and research have focused on the interplay of women’s politics in the national and international arenas, with special attention to how women’s labor is made cheap in globalized factories (especially sneaker factories) and how women’s emotional and physical labor has been used to support many governments’ war-waging policies—and how diverse women have tried to resist both of those efforts. Racial, class, ethnic and national identities as well as pressures shaping ideas about femininities and masculinities are common threads throughout her studies.

Tanya Henderson Tanya Henderson is an international human rights and gender lawyer focused on advancing the rights of women and women's role in peace-building through U.S. policy, international multi-lateral agencies and civil society, and coalition building among global women political leaders. She recently founded a new international NGO, Mina’s List, to support women’s political parity in national governments around the world. Tanya was previously the Policy Director for Women's Action for New Direction, (WAND); the U.S. National Director for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF); a legal consultant for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon on issues of gender-based violence and women’s political participation; and a researcher in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School in Ethiopia to draft policy related to gender inequality, poverty and mental health law.


Co-sponsored events

Higgins School Fall 2014 Dialogue Symposium: Tell me a story

Thursday, October 2 | 7pm
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Two Women Talking: RESTOR(Y)ING Culture, Gender, Sexuality and Tradition
In this live unscripted performance, storytellers Benaifer Bhadha and Monsoon Bissell weave their life narratives together — stories that take place between western and eastern worlds, touching on issues of personal identity, culture, gender, sexuality, violence, illness, and tradition. They invite others into the sacred space between listener and teller, moving away from shame and fragmentation to a place of strength and integration. Sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Department of Political Science, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Higgins School Calendar of Events

Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology hosts an evening of humorous reflection on the social construction of gender

Monday, November 3 | 7:30pm
Tilton Hall
Crimes Against Nature

Crimes Against Nature is a one-man play that provides an eye-opening and hilarious look at the role of gender in men’s lives. Using autobiographical material, and a healthy dose of humor, Dr. Chris Kilmartin portrays the contradictions of traditional male gender roles, pointing out their consequences for individual men and society as a whole.

Dr. Chris Kilmartin is a Professor of Psychology at The University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. An internationally recognized expert on gender and violence prevention, Dr. Kilmartin has consulted with businesses, college students, athletic departments, the U. S. Department of Education and the U.S. military. Drawing on his background as a professional stand-up comedian, Dr. Kilmartin wrote Crimes Against Nature as an integration of his scholarly and performing interests. The show has toured to over 150 campuses and other venues nationwide, and has been hailed as a fabulous portrayal of masculinity in today’s society, as well as extremely funny. Sponsored by the Frances L. Hiatt School of Psychology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Event poster