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The Newsletter of the University of Michigan

Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Dear Friends of IRWG: Welcome to the second issue of Genderscapes, and the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. When we published our first edition last fall, we had high hopes for renewing connections and conversations with a larger University, Ann Arbor, and national audience. We were very pleased with the response and hope to enhance what was started last year. If you have any comments about the newsletter, or IRWG, or how gender research should figure in the life of the University of Michigan, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I welcome your thoughts. A Q u ick To u r o f 2 0 1 5 – 1 6

After such a spectacular 20th anniversary year of events, one might assume that this year would suffer the status of an anticlimax. Not at all. Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year, we’ll offer a variety of lectures, conferences, and panel discussions that reflect and enhance the gender scholarship taking place on our campus and around the country. Our active faculty-led programs will be at the forefront of event-planning this year. From LGBTQ and sexuality studies, to race and colonialism, feminism and technology, finance, and feminist science studies, our 2015-16

events will be diverse, multidisciplinary, and driven by the priorities of faculty and students who call IRWG “home.” I encourage you to learn more about our dynamic faculty programs and their upcoming events throughout the year on our website. In addition to our faculty-led programs, IRWG will feature an ongoing series of book talks by feminist scholars, and present a major public lecture in the fall. Our book series began September 17, with a presentation by Michael A. Messner on his recent book, Some Men: Feminist Allies and the Movement to End Violence

Current IRWG director Sarah Fenstermaker with her predecessors Carol Boyd and Abby Stewart

Against Women (Oxford University Press, 2015). Messner, a professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California, has spent his career studying gender and masculinity. On October 9, Susan Greenhalgh, a Harvard anthropologist, will discuss her new book, Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America’s War on Fat (Cornell Press, 2015). Greenhalgh’s book unpacks the complexity of contemporary “fat politics” and the unspoken human trauma inflicted on individuals and society. On October 13, Piper Kerman will speak about her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, and her subsequent work on prison reform. Based on the 13 months she spent in the a federal prison on money laundering charges, Kerman’s memoir explores the experience of incarceration and the intersection of her life with the lives of the women she met while in prison: their friendships and families, mental illnesses and substance abuse issues, cliques and codes

Fall 2015