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Women’s and Gender Studies at Wake Forest University News & Notes No. 34/Spring 2004 Anne Boyle, Director Linda Mecum, Editor 336/758-3758 Spotlight on Lamaya Covington Dylan Morris (’04) Lamaya Covington (’01), Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs, has been awarded one of four prestigious Richter Fellowships for graduate student travel. Seventeen graduate students from ten different departments on the Reynolda Campus competed for the fellowship which is awarded to students whose graduate projects combine a research experience along with involvement with the local culture. Covington plans to use the grant to attend the International School for Humanities and Social Science Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands where she will further her study of cultural responses to sexuality. “I hope to learn some of the newest trends in cross-cultural beliefs on sexuality,” says Covington, a member of the School Climate Action Team for the local Alliance for Education. Upon her return, Covington will explore the cultural responses to homosexuality in the WinstonSalem/Forsyth County School System and implement programs within the local community that embrace the GLBT population and promote Covington (Continued on page 2) News from the Director Anne Boyle (English/WGST) Wanda Balzano, Ph.D. in Anglo and Irish Literature and Drama from University College in Dublin, will join the Women’s and Gender Studies Program next fall as Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor. A truly interdisciplinary and international scholar, Balzano was educated in Italy, where she received her Laurea (roughly the equivalent of a B.A. and Director (Continued on page 3) Eleven Minors to Graduate WGST minors scheduled to graduate this spring have many accomplishments for which we are proud—GPAs greater than 3.0, honors projects, internships, community projects, scholarships, and more. They are Paris Ball, Mary Beth Bray, Ashley Bumgarner, Megan Chappell, Angel Coldiron, Emily Cranford, Heather Hefner, Meghan Maguire, Lisa Mann, Dylan Taylor Morris, and Cambra Overend. The Senior Colloquium, April 23, will highlight the work of some of these students. Choosing Collaboration Emily Hoar (’06) Though for Kirsten James Fatzinger (’99) it began simply as a project for her Women’s Studies minor, her paper “Choosing Silence: Defiance and Resistance Without Voice in Jane Campion’s The Piano” soon became much more. Kirsten began collaborating on the paper with Dr. Mary Dalton (Communication) when the two realized that Kirsten’s class project had great potential. After extensive research Collaboration (Continued on page 4) UPCOMING EVENTS April 13, 2004 South African Poets: Yvette Christiansë and Ingrid de Kok Poetry Reading 7:30 p.m., Ring Theatre (SFAC) (followed by reception and book signing) Informal Discussion 11:00 a.m., DeTamble Auditorium (Tribble) April 17, 2004 Troy’s Maiden Veil: Metaphor, Reality, and the Traffic in Females Professor Madeleine Henry, Iowa State U. 11:00 a.m., Benson 401A April 23, 2004 WGST Senior Colloquium and Reception 3:00-5:00 p.m., Autumn Room (Reynolda) Graduating minors will present their scholarly and community service contributions. May 16, 2004 WFU Honors and Awards Ceremony 1:00 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall WGST senior academic and leadership awards will be presented May 16, 2004 Women’s and Gender Studies Graduation Reception for Minors, Family, & Faculty 4:15 p.m., Tribble Hall Main Lobby May 22, 2004 Seventh Annual Excellence Triathlon 7:30 a.m., Poteat Field (Reynolda Campus) Proceeds benefit domestic violence programs and initiatives. To participate or volunteer, call 713-4230. (Sponsored by WHCOE) June 17-20, 2004 National Women’s Studies Association 25th Annual Conference Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 24, 2004 WGST Open House/Reception for Students and Faculty 1:00 p.m., Tribble Hall Main Lobby

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