Meet the Class of 2014

This year’s graduates pose with the books they received as graduation gifts from the Women’s & Gender Studies faculty. Check our Student Projects page to read their manifesto, written after studying the history of feminist manifestos in their senior capstone course this quarter.

Books make the best presents!

Left to right, back row: Aleisha Larsen, Jonathan 'Schmidty' Schmidt, Clover Thompson, Will Stott, Tyler Peek, Taylor Luschei; Middle: Erika Miller, Molly Fitzpatrick; Bottom: Janell Jordan, Nancy Muñoz, Fira Hedlund. Not pictured: Rashaena (Rae Ray) Weston

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Call for Nominations: Activist-in-Residence

Eastern Washington University Women’s & Gender Studies Program seeks nominations for an Activist-in-Residence for Winter quarter, 2015. The Activist-in-Residence program brings a local or regional activist to campus to work with WGS students and faculty, the Women’s Studies Center, and numerous other student groups, programs, and units throughout the university for one quarter each year. The A.i.R. program was developed to so that students could learn from and build relationships with an experienced activist who is working on issues of relevance to their lives. The program is sponsored jointly by a variety of campus programs and student groups interested in helping students develop their commitment to social justice and social change. The A.i.R. comes to campus for a number of events, including presentations, workshops, activist projects, and organizational meetings during the Winter term, January 5 – March 20, 2015. A small stipend is provided, and the possibility of a student intern can be negotiated.

Self-nominations are welcome. Please download this Microsoft Word file to nominate potential candidate. Complete the nomination form as best you can, then save the file with the name of the nominee in the title. Email the file to Christi Wavada at cwavada2@ewu.edu. If you have any difficulties with the form or cannot access Microsoft Word files, also contact Christi Wavada. For questions about the Activist-in-Residence program, please contact Sally Winkle, swinkle@ewu.edu or 509-359-2409.

Review of applications will begin in early June, 2014.

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Women’s & Gender Studies commencement of the Activist in Residence Program (A.I.R.) workshops in Winter Quarter 2014

AIR Work Shops Schedule PDF

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What can you do with a degree in Women’s & Gender Studies?

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What’s Up With Intersex? Intersex 101

Event: What’s Up With Intersex?(Presentation 1)

Date/Time: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 6-7:30 pm

Location: South Campus Facility, Room 255, Riverpoint Campus

Jane Goto, will briefly discuss the history of the intersex movement, relate her own story, and share some insights gleaned from a decade on the front lines with an intersex advocacy group and an international diagnoses-specific support groups serving affected adults and families. Within pop culture, the media, and gender studies, transgender and intersex have become subjects of fascination. Despite this new found interest, most people have little understanding or have misconstrued ideas about transgender and intersex conditions by deepening understanding of the two categories and the institutional issues, where the commonalities lie and where they diverge. Participants will emerge with a better understanding of the categories, and develop a better understanding of the political, health care, and legal issues individuals with intersex conditions face.

Event: Intersex 101 (Presentation 2)

Date/Time: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013,1-2:30 pm

Location: 207 Monroe

Cosponsored by Eagle Pride, Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s Center, and African Studies Program.
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Film: A Force More Powerful, Episode II

Event: Film: A Force More Powerful, Episode II

Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 7,2013,1-3 pm

Location: 207 Monroe Hall

The film explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons like boycotts, strikes, and demonstrations.

Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins, nonviolent sabotage, and blockades frustrated many rulers’ efforts to suppress people.

* Liz Moore, Director of Peace and Justice Action league of Spokane, will lead the discussion followed the film. Liz Moore will be the Activist-in-Residence at EWU in winter 2014.

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Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research-More Than Just Diapers Have Changed

Event: Contemporary Issues in Feminist Research-More Than Just Diapers Have Changed

Date/Time: Wednesday, Oct. 30,2013, 12-12:50pm

Location: 207 Monroe Hall

Kevin Hills, MSW, disability support services, discusses the evolution of cultural perceptions, attitudes and laws surrounding pregnant women in the work place. Hills examines the history of pregnancy and women in workplace from the 1940s to the present as well as gender bias and discrimination in hiring female workers.

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The Making of Modern Girlhood: Gender and Identity Development at the Early Part of the 21st Century

Event: The Making of Modern Girlhood: Gender and Identity Development at the Early Part of the 21st Century

Date/Time:Oct. 29,2013, 12-12:50 pm

Location: 207 Monroe Hall

Girlhood is an identity position often taken for granted in the social world. The ways that girs learn to construct normalized gender identities reveal important shifts in changing cultural ideals about social expectations for female adolescents. Jessica Willis, PhD, women’s and gender studies, examines girlhood as culturally constructed concept. It focuses on an exploration of the different ways that girls in the U.S. actively construct narratives of selfhood in relation to their readings of visual and literary discourse of “femininity.”

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Film: A Force More Powerful, Episode I

Film: A Force More Powerful, Episode I

Date/Time: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 1-3 pm

Location:207 Monroe Hall

In the 1960′s, Gandhi’s nonviolent weapons were taken up by Black College students in Nashville’s downtown lunch counters in five months, becoming a model for the entire civil rights movement. In India in the 1930s after Gandhi returned from South Africa, he and his followers adopted a strategy of refusing to cooperate with British rule. Through civil disobedience and boycotts, they successfully loosened their oppressor’s grip on power and set India on a path to freedom. In 1985, a young South African named Mkuseli Jack led a movement against the legalized discrimination known apartheid.Liz Moore, Director of Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, will lead the discussion following the film. Liz Moore will be the Activist-in-Residence at EWU in winter of 2014.The Activist-in-Residence program is sponsored by Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women’s Studies Center and Co-sponsored by a number of programs, departments, and student groups across the university campus.

 

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Same Sex Marriage: Historical Perspective of Who Decides? The Supreme Court of Individual States?

Event: Same Sex Marriage: Historical Perspective of Who Decides? The Supreme Court of Individual States?

Time/Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 12-12:50 pm

Location: Monroe Hall

States want to govern for themselves what the exact form their marriage laws should take. Historically, many states tend to interpret the laws too narrowly or create laws that are wholly biased. Betsy White, EWU alum, government, looks at how case law going back to the late 1880′s has created a penumbra on the topic of same sex marriage. States have profound discord surrounding the definition of marriage.

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