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Spring 2016 Events

WGS Community

WGS Faculty Meeting

Thursday, February 4 | 12pm
Dana Commons, 2nd Floor
It is time again to recognize our faculty for all that you do for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 4th for a faculty luncheon from 12noon-1:15pm in Dana Commons. Please take a break from the beginning-of-semester frenzy to meet with colleagues, reflect on our accomplishments, and discuss our vision for the coming year.

Form Fest! Group advising for Women and Gender Studies students

Wednesday February 17 | 1-2pm
WGS Seminar Room in 5th Floor JAC Tower

Info Session Join us for our annual Spring Form Fest! Spring is a busy time for completing Graduation Clearance Forms, Internship and Research Creidt Approval Forms, and to ask questions about fulfulling Major and Minor requirements.Studentswill leave this session with everything they need to meet with their advisers for course registration after Spring Break. This is a mandatory advising session for WGS Majors and Minors to meet with our Director, Denise Humphreys Bebbington.

Senior Meeting and call for Senior Awards Nominations

Thursday, February 18 | 12pm
WGS Seminar Room in 5th floor JAC Tower
Each year the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS) gives out three awards to our graduating majors and minors. The Director of WGS will describe the process for self-nomination and submission requirements. Come ready to discuss ideas for a Senior Recognition Event.

  • The Hazel Hughes Award: This award is presented in honor of the former Dean of Women’s Students Hazel Hughes, for outstanding academic achievement by an undergraduate student;
  • The Alice Higgins Award: Presented in honor of long-time Clark Trustee and supporter of WGS, Alice Higgins, for outstanding contributions to women and girls Clark University and/or the wider community;
  • The Cynthia Enloe Scholar/Activist Award: Awarded to the student who has worked hard to advance scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been an activist in this cause.


WGS Alumni Meet-up in Boston

Wednesday, April 27 | 6-8pm
Location TBA


Senior Recognition and Awards

Tuesday, May 3 | Time TBA
Check back for details this Spring!

Link to the Women's History Month Calendar


On Campus

Witkin lecture on Child Care, Child Outcomes and Child Policy
A talk by Kathleen McCartney, President of Smith College

Thursday, February 4 | 4pm
Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons

Department of Psychology

Solidarity and Self-Respect
A talk by Carol Hay, PhD

Thursday, February 11 | 4:30pm
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

Philosophy Lecture Series
Co-sponsored by The Clark Philosophy Department, The Philosophy Jefferson Lecture Fund, and the Higgins School of Humanities

The Art of Loss: Madame d'Ora, Photography, and the Restitution of Jewish Property After the Holocaust
The Henry J. Leir Chair Presents Lisa D Silverman, PhD

Thursday, February 11 | 5:30pm
Bassett Seminar Room, Basset Admissions Center

The Vagina Monologues

Friday/Saturday, February 12/13 | Doors open at 7, performance at 7:30
Atwood Hall

"It needs to talk. It needs to talk to you."

Come to Clark's annual performance of the Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler. This show explores the many facets and problems of being a woman and having a vagina. Ticket prices are $5 at the door or $3 in advance. You can reserve a seat by filling out this form http://goo.gl/forms/A15zKvZIw1. Proceeds will be donated to a local charity that supports women.


Stop Thinking about Tomorrow: Queerness, Ideology, and Anticipatory Democracy

Thursday, March 3 | 7pm
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Higgins School of Humanities Dialogue Symposium
In a world that seethes with injustice, why would we turn our backs on tomorrow? Shouldn’t we be making sure that “it gets better,” that we “save the planet,” “defeat the terrorists,” and “stamp out bigotry?” But what if this idea of the future itself keeps “it” from getting better? Lee Edelman, Fletcher Professor of English Literature at Tufts University, will take up these questions in an open, interactive, and wide-ranging conversation. Working within the psychoanalytic tradition, he will problematize and challenge the faith in progress proposed by anticipatory democracy and consider how certain classes of persons are targeted as the future’s enemies, as obstacles to the perfection of society: in short, as “queers.” By confronting what Edelman calls the “unlearnable lesson” of queer theory, might we reimagine life in terms of what and where we are now and begin to resist our manipulation by the imperative of what’s next?

White Ribbon Day

Thursday, March 3 | 7:30pm
Tilton Hall

Details forthcoming; Sponsored by TOPICS.


Towards the Black Interior: Afrofuturism as Resistance

Wendesday, March 16 | 7pm
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Higgins School of Humanities Dialogue Symposium
Afrofuturist feminism is a way of knowing and moving through the world. It is a strategy for naming and navigating complicated and often vexed histories and visions of the future — one that places people of color at the center and is fundamentally interested in transgressing conventional systems of power and dominance. In this talk, Susana M. Morris, Associate Professor of English at Auburn University and the cofounder of The Crunk Feminist Collective, will consider how Black women artists, such as Octavia Butler, Wangechi Mutu, and Janelle Monáe, use Afrofuturistic literature, art, and music as a transgressive tool to fight oppression.


In the Region

Ways with Words: Exploring Language and Gender

Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

This two-day conference is a snapshot of the state of language in today’s society as it relates to, mirrors, and affects perceptions of gender. Anthropologists, authors, computer scientists, journalists, linguists, performing artists, politicians, and psychologists will explore different facets of the interplay of gender and language.

The conference begins on Thursday evening with “Plays with Words,” an evening about language and gender in comedy, featuring comedian Aparna Nancherla and ImprovBoston. March 4 brings a full day of panels that will consider moving beyond binary distinctions, what the Internet and big data analysis can teach us about gender and language, and the role of gender in public discourse. Through comparative perspectives, multidisciplinary approaches, and contemporary examples, this conference examines the inextricably related concepts of gender, language, and culture. Janet Mock—a cultural commentator, advocate for trans women’s rights, and New York Times bestselling author—will deliver the keynote address.

Register online and view the full schedule and panel list: www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2016-ways-with-words-conference. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Fall 2015 Events

WGS Community

Open House

Wednesday, September 16 | 12:30pm
WGS Seminar Room in 5th floor JAC Tower
Welcome back to our WGS community! We will be welcoming new faculty and students, handing out 2015-16 Program Handbooks, answering questions, and opening the doors to our library collection. This is a casual meet-and-greet over a light lunch. Please stop by to say hello and grab a bite to eat in good company.

Information Session for Women and Gender Studies students

Wednesday, September 30 | 1:30pm
WGS Seminar Room in 5th Floor JAC Tower

Info Session For all majors, minors, and students interested in WGS. Learn more about the major and minor, and get help finding an advisor, selecting courses, and finding internships and research opportunities. We will hand out our new handbooks and discuss updates to the WGS Program. We will catch up with each of you on your progress and upcoming plans. Studentswill leave this session with everything they need to meet with their advisers for course registration in early October. This is a mandatory session for WGS Majors and Minors to meet with our Director, Denise Humphreys Bebbington.

Link to WGS Fall Lecture Series

On Campus

George Haggerty on Queer Frankenstein

Tuesday, September 8 | 4 pm
Fuller Room, Goddard Library

Sponsored by the Henry J. Leir Chair in Language, Literature and Culture
Website: http://wordpress.clarku.edu/rtobin/
George Haggerty (UC Riverside) is a leading expert in queer theory and eighteenth-century British literature, the author of such works as "Men in Love: Masculinity and Sexuality in the Eighteenth Century" and "Queer Gothic." He is the editor of "Gay Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia," and has also co-edited a collection of essays called "Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature." In this lecture, he will turn his attention to Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein."

Transgender Activist Jessica Lynn

Tuesday, October 22 | 7pm
Jefferson Academic Center, Room 218

Jessica Lynn Jessica Lynn is a transgender woman, activist and public speaker on the issues of trans rights. She speaks at colleges and universities throughout the country. She is the President and founder of Your True Gender, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and spreading awareness about trans topics as well as creating a safe space for anyone who has ever felt out of place. This event isco-sponsored by the Departments of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, and OPEN.


In Conversation with Janet Mock

Thursday, October 27 | 7pm
Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons

Janet Mock New York Times bestselling author and advocate for trans women's rights Janet Mock will engage in conversation about her memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books, 2014). Feminist critic bell hooks has described Mock’s work as “a life map for transformation.” Her account of growing up multiracial, poor, and transgender in America offers vital insight into the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population yet tells a coming-of-age story that taps into the universal human experience of making room for oneself in the world.
   A book signing will follow the conversation. Copies of Redefining Realness will be available for purchase at the Clark University bookstore and at the event. This event is part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

In Worcester

Worcester Pride Week

September 9-12 | Various events and venues
Visit worcesterpride.org for more information

In the Region

Feminisms Unbound: an event series featuring discussions on feminist concerns, theories and practices in our contemporary moment

Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visit GCWS website for more information; RSVP to GCWS (at) mit.edu

Public Feminisms: Roles, Responsibilities, Challenges
Wednesday, September 16th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Building E51 Room 095, MIT Campus

Queer Diasporas and Futurities
Wednesday, November 18th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Moore Room, Building 6 Room 321, MIT Campus

New Terms in Feminist Studies
Wednesday, February 10th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Moore Room, Building 6 Room 321, MIT Campus

A Celebration of Books by GCWS Authors
Wednesday, April 13th: 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Moore Room, Building 6 Room 321, MIT Campus