Register for WGS Courses: Irish Women in Writing and Film, Bodies of Resistance

The semester is starting in just a few weeks! We still have spots available in a few of our courses:

WGS 377A: Special Topics: Irish Women in Writing and Film (3 hr)
Instructor: Wanda Balzano
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM
Location: Tribble B13
This course examines the textual and visual representations of Irish women in order to discover how images of the feminine/female form the national, religious, social, cultural, and gender strategies of a distinctive Irish aesthetic, from colonization through independence and the women’s movement. Same as ENG 302C/602CG. Same as COM 370C/COM 670CG. Approved for Media Studies Concentration. Approved for Film Studies minor.

WGS 377C Bodies of Resistance (3 hr)
Instructor: Patricia Swier
Schedule: Tuesday/Thursday 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
Location: Green 245
This seminar offers an interdisciplinary approach to artistic modes of resistance to hegemonic forms of power in the Hispanic world. Students will explore concepts of identity and power in the Hispanic world through an interdisciplinary and transnational lens, focusing on the important role that gender plays in the areas of subjugation, resistance and the formulation of an ideal national subject. Throughout the semester, students will examine themes of violence and resistance, trauma and memory, and the modification of gender roles through narrative, film, music, and visual museums of memory in Latin America and Spain and gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which race, class, and gender play a pivotal role in the renegotiation of power and national identity. Approved for credit toward LALS.

Congratulations to Our 2016 Graduating Seniors and Award Winners

We would like to congratulate our graduating seniors:
Andrea Anderson (minor)
KaDeidra Baker (minor)
Andrea Becker (major)
Terra Johnson (major)
Shannon Magee (minor)
Clarielle Marsh (major)
Courtney Matsen (minor)
Tay Taylor (major)
Melody Wang (major)
Camry Wilborn (minor)

We would also like to congratulate our Senior Academic Award winner, Andrea Becker, and our Senior Leadership Award winner, Clarielle Marsh!

Finally, we would like to congratulate the two winners of the 2016 Elizabeth Phillips Award for the Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies:
Kate Llewellyn (Undergraduate): “The Comparative Development of LGBTQ Rights in Ecuador and Chile: Legal Positivism and the Rule of Recognition”
Sara Brigagliano (Undergraduate – Second Place Prize): “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide: How the Media Morphs Gender: Bias in the Coverage of Female Political Candidates”

Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality

Feminist Intersectionalities: Systemic Injustice and Social Inequality
Fifth Annual Student Research Symposium on Gender and Sexuality
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
ZSR Auditorium

Wake Forest University will host its fifth annual student research symposium on gender and sexuality, featuring moderated sessions of scholarly and creative presentations by WFU students. The theme is “Feminist Intersectionalities: Systemic Injustice and Social Inequality.” This event will showcase the exciting work that our undergraduates and graduate students are doing on gender-related issues across disciplines, and is co-sponsored by the School of Divinity and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with support from the Humanities Institute, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, and the URECA Center.

2016 Student Symposium Gender and Sexuality Program

WGS Joins Division I

We are pleased to announce that the College Faculty approved the inclusion of WGS in Division I at the February College Faculty Meeting. We anticipate that we will be able to offer WGS 221: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as a Division I course starting in the Spring of 2017.

Rationale for Inclusion in Division I (Humanities):
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field whose scope extends fully to the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. Given that the current divisional structure necessitates the placement of departments into divisions, we believe that our department would fit best into Division I, Humanities. The Humanities Indicator Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) includes in its definition of the Humanities the disciplines of Ethnic, Gender, and Cultural Studies. According to the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), humanistic inquiry encompasses all areas of research and learning that ask fundamental questions about the way individuals and societies live, think, interact, and express themselves, and is as much distinguished by its interpretative methodologies as by its subject matter. The core mission of WGS as a department is closely aligned to this approach to humanistic inquiry with its focus on the study of the cultural constructs of masculinity and femininity in intersection with issues of class, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

WGS service-learning class helps secure grant for El Buen Pastor

Re-posted from Inside WFU: Wake Forest news for faculty and staff

Thanks in part to professor Angéla Kóczé’s service learning course, “Women Entrepreneurship: Innovation, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility,” El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services was recently awarded a grant for $24,500 from The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem.

As part of the course, Kóczé’s students generate social change through entrepreneurship. Under her leadership, she and her students developed a grant proposal to help women in the El Buen Pastor community start their own businesses. The funds awarded by The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem will provide support for training, workshops, networking, seed funding and hands-on experiences to an initial group of 10 women entrepreneurs.

“Higher education as a public space is more than just one individual’s high academic achievement,” says Kóczé, who is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. “It is an arena where critical knowledge is produced and translated in a social reality. Service learning is one of the methods to connect knowledge with relevant social problems. Service learning changes students’ attitudes and challenges them to move beyond the act of charity and instead work towards more systemic changes.”

In classrooms and organizations campuswide, faculty are designing classes with service-learning components. Wake Forest’s Pro Humanitate Institute is the central place to organize and share ideas that will help improve how the University interacts with the world.

“It has been wonderful to be a part of this collaboration between Angéla, her students and the women of the El Buen Pastor community,” said Erika Stewart, director of family literacy at El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services. “Each semester built upon the last by helping the women identify the dreams, fears, strengths and obstacles that would become part of the now funded “Full Baskets – Canastos Llenos” program. The students and the women from El Buen Pastor learned from each other, identified differences, and yet also surprised themselves by finding much in common. We are excited and honored to receive this grant from the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, and we are grateful to Angéla and her students for all of their enthusiasm, dedication and support.”

The Pro Humanitate Institute supports community engagement efforts through a small grant program that can be used by faculty to offset costs associated with service learning and community engagement. Grants may be awarded for up to $500 for community engagement. Learn more on the here.