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Women’s and Gender Studies at Wake Forest University News & Notes News From the Director Wanda Balzano As I start this new position, my theoretical, political and pedagogical stance lies in Judith Butler’s notion that to question how thinking is thought, or, for instance, how remembering is remembered, is crucial. The point is not to prescribe a new way of life (or of doing Women’s and Gender Studies); rather, the aim is that of opening up fields of Director (Continued on page 2) WGS is very pleased to announce for spring 2006 the much anticipated visit of Rose Stremlau, who has completed her dissertation on Cherokee families at Chapel Hill under the directorship of historians Theda Perdue and Michael Green. During her visit at Wake Forest Prof. Stremlau, whose publications are in the area of gender, masculinity, sexual violence, and Native American studies, will teach WGS 221: Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies (team taught with Prof. Ulrike Wiethaus, Humanities) and WGS 377: Ethnohistory of Native American Women. She will also co-ordinate a film series, “Spiderwoman: Exploring the Tapestry of Native American Women’s History Through Documentary Film.” We thank Dean Debbie Best for her support of our efforts to enrich WGS by bringing this unique scholar to our campus. Visiting Scholar WGS Minors Abroad Nicole Fitzpatrick (’07): I am studying in Vienna, Austria, at IES with 140 students from all over the world. My “Female as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature” course is taught by a man, Professor Gunter Haika, who also teaches at the WFU Flow House in Vienna. The class has been extremely interesting with texts that critique of Austria's role and responsibility in WWII from a female perspective. We are learning how female writers in the fifties tried to speak out for women's rights after WWII mainly by disguising hidden messages within their writing. While some stories seem to be superficial, many of the writers had a deeper understanding of women in Abroad (Continued on page 4) WFU and GSSA Win Kaleidoscope Award Karissa Flynn (’07) Wake Forest University and the Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) were recently honored with a Kaleidoscope Award from PFLAG Winston-Salem. PFLAG, which stands for Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, is a national organization that was formed with the ideal of creating an environment of support and acceptance for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. Through a variety of programs, PFLAG works to WFU and GSSA (Continued on page 2) WGS Kicks Off Student Presentation Series Emily Hoar (’06) Initiating SPEAK (Student Presentations on Experience, Art, and Knowledge), Ritu Bhattacharya’s (’08) presentation “At the Heart of the Tragedy” and Andy Lobashevsky’s (’06) presentation “Sexuality and the Erotic in the Works of Salvador Dali” were the first two student colloquia of the year for this new Women’s and Gender Studies series. Both students gave captivating presentations to an array of intrigued listeners. Judging from these first two colloquia, Women’s and Gender Studies has an exciting year ahead and a lot to look forward to. Ritu is a sophomore who was moved by the events of the tsunami in December 2004. She organized an impressive Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert in Wait Chapel on February 5, 2005. This concert raised over $5,000 to benefit Student Series (Continued on page 2) No. 37/Fall 2005 Wanda Balzano, Director Linda Mecum, Editor 336/758-3758 Upcoming Events January 2006 “We Can All Be Poets” Reading/Slam Student Presentation Series with Miranda Mills (’06) and Jenny Billings (’06) 8:00 p.m., Shorty’s February 28, 2006 Ecofeminist Thea/ologies and Ethics Rosemary Radford Ruether, Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA 11:00, Location TBA February 28-March 1, 2006 Phyllis Trible Lecture Series: Gender, Sexuality, and Faith Elizabeth Bounds, Kelly Brown Douglas, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Phyllis Trible Divinity School, WFU Spring 2006 Spiderwoman Film Series: Native American Women’s History Through Documentary Film February 21 - Kinnalda: Navajo Rite of Passage March 21 - And Women Wove It in a Basket April 18 - Navajo Women Warriors & Honoring Our Voices 7:30 p.m., 239 Greene Hall March 1, 2006 Harryette Mullen Poetry Reading 7:00 p.m., Hanes Gallery (SFAC) Recent Events October 18, 2005 Temporal Men and the Eternal Bridegroom: Moravian Masculinity in the 18th Century Katherine Faull, Bucknell University October 19, 2005 Love Your Body Day Celebration With WISE Film and Panel Discussion: Angela Hattery (SOC), Janel Leone (COM), and Natascha Romeo (HES) October 21, 2005 Luncheon for Women’s and Gender Studies Minors October 23, 2005 Workshop and Performance on the Life of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-80), Mohawk Holy Woman; Sarah Hassenplug (playwright) and Theresa Steele (performer) October 28-29, 2005 Students in WGS 221 attended South Atlantic Regional Collegiate Global Women’s and Human Rights Conference Spelman College, Atlanta, GA November 14, 2005 OSAMA film screening followed by a discussion with Michaelle Browers (Political Science), Peter Brunette (Film Studies), and Dean Franco (English); in conjunction with the Secrest Artists Series performance of the Ensemble Kaboul, Music of Afghanistan. November 15, 2005 Interview with political refugee and artist Ustad Farida Mahwash

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