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WGSS Spring 2014

FACULTY ONLY Retention Meetings
5:15 PM/Locations TBA
Wednesday, January 29-Tapas Restaurant-500 Main St., Bethlehem
Thursday, February 20 -Tapas Restaurant-500 Main St., Bethlehem
Wednesday, March 19
Wednesday, April 30

Feminist Reading Group

Coordinators: Suzanne Edwards, Mary Foltz and Chava Weissler

12:00 PM/University Center, Room 304
Friday, January 31
"The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference"
Roderick A. Ferguson
Please read Intro, Chapters 3 & 4 prior to January 31
Abstract: In the 1960s and 1970s, minority and women students at colleges and universities across the United States organized protest movements to end racial and gender inequality on campus. African American, Chicano, Asia American, American Indian, women, and queer activists demanded the creation of departments that reflected their histories and experiences, resulting in the formation of interdisciplinary studies programs that hoped to transform both the university and the wider society beyond the campus.
In The Reorder of Things, however, Roderick A. Ferguson traces and assesses the ways in which the rise of interdisciplines—departments of race, gender, and ethnicity; fields such as queer studies—were not simply a challenge to contemporary power as manifest in academia, the state, and global capitalism but were, rather, constitutive of it. Ferguson delineates precisely how minority culture and difference as affirmed by legacies of the student movements were appropriated and institutionalized by established networks of power.
Critically examining liberationist social movements and the cultural products that have been informed by them, including works by Adrian Piper, Toni Cade Bambara, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Zadie Smith, The Reorder of Things argues for the need to recognize the vulnerabilities of cultural studies to co-option by state power and to develop modes of debate and analysis that may be in the institution but are, unequivocally, not of it.
Contact Amanda Webb, WGSS Coordinator, to obtain a copy of the book. 

Faculty Research Forum
12:00 PM/Maginnes Hall, Room 111/Lunch will be provided
Friday, February 28
Monica Miller, Assistant Professor of Religion Studies & Africana Studies
Abstract: Why Be An Earth When You Can Be A God?: Hip Hop, Religion, and Gender
The lyrical imagination of emcees and Hip Hop artists alike has long focused on what some have called a “God Complex,” wherein such artists refer to themselves and others as deities. This practice has philosophical roots in the “Five Percent Nation,” a movement with close historical connections between American Islam and black power. This talk explores the changing dimensions of Hip Hop’s “God Complex,” analyzing the rhetoric that positions “gods” as men (leaving women as representatives of “earth”), and what role gender and identity politics play in such an evolution.
12:00 PM/Maginnes Hall, Room 111/Lunch will be provided
Friday, March 28
Chava Weissler, Professor, Department of Religion Studies and Berman Center
Abstract: Teaching the Kabbalistic Notion of the Four Worlds through Embodied Practices
This talk is an attempt to wrestle with the notion of embodiment.  What is embodiment, exactly?  In general, as it appears in the literature on new spiritualities, “embodiment” refers to a religious disposition to see the body as sacred, and as a locus for meeting or experiencing the divine.  But what does this mean specifically in the case of Jewish Renewal?  What work does it do?  And what difference does it make?  Is there a connection between the emphasis on embodiment and the valorization of women’s spiritual creativity?  As a case study, the talk analyzes a four-day class entitled “Dancing in the Light of G!d:  A Site-Specific Four Worlds Movement Class,” offered at a retreat of the Jewish Renewal Movement in 2009.  The analysis is based on participant-observation in the class, and takes as its central theme the embodied religious experience taught to and learned by these participants.

Faculty Steering Committee

4:00 PM/Maginnes Hall, Room 483
Thursday, March, 13
12:00 PM/Maginnes Hall, Room 518
Thursday, April 10
Lunch will be provided

Faculty/Student Dinner (Patti Ota Award)

5:00 PM/Iacocca Tower
Wednesday, April 23 (NEW DATE...Mark your calendar)

Events of Interest Spring 2014

Talking Truth About Eating Disorders

7:30 to 9:00 PM/Drown Hall, Room 210
Wednesday, March 19
Hear stories from students and alums recovering from eating disorders

Talking to Friends About Eating Disorders

12:00 to 1:00 PM/The Women's Center
Thursday, March 19
Co-sponsors: The Women's Center and Psychological Services 

Race and Body Image - Women's Center

12:00 PM/University Center, Room C207
Tuesday, February 4

Race and Gender in the Workplace - Women's Center

12:00 PM/University Center, Room C207
Tuesday, February 11
with Professor Jackie Krasas, Director of WGSS

WGSS Fall 2013

Retention Meetings
5:15 PM at Tapa Restaurant, 500 Main Street, Bethlehem
Wednesday, September 25
Thursday, October 31
Thursday, November 21
Tuesday, December 10 (canceled due to inclement weather)

Feminist Reading Group
Coordinators: Suzanne Edwards, Mary Foltz and Chava Weissler
12:00 PM in University Center, Room 306
Friday, October 4
12:00 PM in University Center, Room 303C
Wednesday, December 11 
Ever feel like you're banging your head against a brick wall as you pursue diversity work?
Despite the fact that institutions of higher education make symbolic commitments to diversity, the work of putting those commitments into practice all too often meets resistance. This semester, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Reading Group will consider what drives this apparent paradox with a series of readings and conversations focused on Sara Ahmed's On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life. In this book, Ahmed draws on her expertise in feminist and queer theory, extensive interviews with diversity practitioners at colleges and universities, and her own experiences at institutions of higher education in the US, the UK, and Australia. The result is a work that asks provocative questions about the relationship between theories and practices of diversity in educational institutions. We invite students, staff, and faculty to join us as we put Ahmed's reflections in dialogue with our own experiences with diversity at Lehigh University and consider the promises of, barriers to, and possibilities for institutional transformation.
Readings are now available. Contact the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs for copies of the reading and to R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, October 1 if you plan to attend on October 4. 

Faculty Research Forum
12:00 PM in Maginnes Hall, Room 101
Friday, October 25
Jenna Lay, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Abstract: Gender, Religion, and English Literary History
In The Arte of English Poesie (1569), one of the foundational texts of early modern poetic theory, George Puttenham crafts an image of himself as courtier, poet, and literary historian. By situating poetry in relationship to the Tudor court and its politics, Puttenham helped to shape both the formation of the early modern literary canon and the still widespread perception of canonical English literature as the product of a distinctly Elizabethan—and therefore Protestant—culture. Recent work on Puttenham has revealed the distortions and hyperbole at the heart of his self-representation and argued for stripping his text of “its bogus connections with the court” in order to reassess “its actual, and still significant, place in literary history.” But I will suggest that the fabrications and exaggerations at the heart of Puttenham’s project are in fact essential to The Arte’s place in literary history and to the omission of Catholic women from that history. In my talk, I will outline a tantalizing connection between recent revelations about Puttenham’s sexual history and the manuscript Life of a post-Reformation English nun in order to propose a new way of reading Puttenham’s Arte, its sexual politics, and the literary history that it manifested.
12:00 PM in Maginnes Hall, Room 101
Friday, November 22
Monica Najar, Associate Professor, Department of History
Abstract: The Iconography of Anti-Catholicism: Men, Women, and the Great Red Dragon
This paper explores the iconography of transatlantic Anti-Catholicism in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  During this era, anti-Catholicism was it was virtually an economy unto itself, a staple crop, widely produced for export and profit to meet a steady demand.  This paper (which is part of a chapter on the material culture of anti-Catholicism) examines the iconography that was on and in newspapers, books (fiction and nonfiction), and other material items. It argues that men’s and women’s bodies served distinct functions in the iconography, with women representing the sexual danger in the social imaginary of Anti-Catholicism.

Steering Committee 
12:00 PM in Maginnes Hall, Room 475
Friday, November 15

Events of Interest

Call for Proposals and Early Registration
2014 Lehigh Valley LGBTQIA Intercollegiate Conference 
March 29, 2014 at Lehigh University
Registrations - register now
For more information on the Conference click here...
For questions contact Kim Ketterer

Rapid Population Growth: Impacts on women's health, development and environmental stability
Oct 29 at 4:10 PM in STEPS 290
Co-sponsors" Sustainable Development, Environmental Initiative, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Lehigh ADVANCE
Public Lecture by Dana Britton
Oct 23 at 3:00 PM in Sinclair Auditorium
Dana Britton, Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations
For more information, click here...
LU-WISE : Guest Speaker Dana Britton
Oct 24 at 12:00 PM in STEPS 102
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"What is Beauty?" Panel Discussion
Sep 17 at 4:15 PM in Perella Auditorium, Rauch Business Center, Room 184
Free and Open to Public
This event meets the 5 x 10 Identity Development requirement
Berrisford Boothe, Associate Professor of Art & Architecture
Jackie Krasas, Director of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Nina Elias, Assistant Online Beauty Editor for Prevention magazine.

Jane Comfort & Company present "Beauty"
Sep 17 at 7:00 PM in Baker Hall
Tickets: $36/30/25
This event meets the 5 x 10 Identity Development requirement
Sponsors: The Women's Center, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Student Auxiliary SVS and Visiting Lecturers Committee.

Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and the People That Make Our Clothes   Sep 18 at 4:00 PM in Sinclair Auditorium
This event meets the 5 x 10 Identity Development requirement
Organized by South Mountain College with sponsorship from: Asian Studies, Environmental Initiative, Ethics Series, Global Studies, Humanities Center, Latin American Studies program, Library Speaker Series, Office of Sustainability, Religion Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, Sustainable Development, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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