No. 30/Spring 2002 Cheryl Leggon, Director Linda Mecum, Editor 336/758-3758
Class of 1962 Alumnae Friends of Women’s Studies Sponsor Lynn Weber Visit Linda Mecum In the spring of 1962 a group of young women at Wake Forest University were preparing to receive undergraduate degrees and move on to the next chapter of t he i r l i ve s — p r o f es s i o na l school, graduate school, career, marriage, children, etc. These nineteen women have kept in touch and periodically meet for a week or so to remember college days and talk about their personal and professional lives since graduation. In the fall of 2000, at a mountain retreat celebrating their common passage to age 60, they decided to make a contribution to Wake Forest University in support of women. The spokesperson for the group, Meyressa Hughes Schoonmaker, met with (Continued on page 4)
Gary Lowman (’02)
At home. For the past three years, that is where I have been in the Women’s Studies Program. People often ask me what it is like to be a male Women’s Studies minor. I tell them it is liberating. As a Women’s Studies minor, I get to discuss those topics so foreign to other men and I get a chance to see the uninhibited perspectives of women. Often in class I feel as though I am on the cutting edge, learning all the secrets that men so desperately want to know but are too afraid to ask. In class I get a chance to see the walls of hierarchy shatter and I understand the true power of equity among individuals. This experience is nothing short of liberating. Though I have felt unhindered in many of my Women’s Studies classes, I also have realized the overt discrimination and subtle inconsistencies women (and all other minorities) must face everyday that men
seldom notice. The classes have truly opened my eyes to the world around me. I waltzed onto this campus safely sheltered by my oblivion. Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon Women’s Studies my sophomore year and the strong, wise women in this program steadfastly broke through my shelter to save me from my own oblivion. Everything I thought and believed was challenged. I was driven to see through another lens, refocus my own lens, or maintain my ground for every belief I once held. The experience of really being challenged to take hold of my own beliefs and let go of those made for me is why I came to college in the first place. Thus, it was through Women’s Studies that I was able to truly learn and benefit from my college education. I am leaving this university as a stronger, more compassionate person thanks to the strength and compassion shown to me by the women of this program. I know for a fact that I would not be heading to New York City (Continued on page 3)
Upcoming Events May 14, 2001 Breast Cancer and Physical Activity Dr. Shannon Mihalko, Health and Exercise Sciences of WFU 12:00 noon, Sticht Center Auditorium May 19, 2002 College Honors & Awards Convocation 1:00 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall May 19, 2002 Women’s Studies Graduation Reception for Minors and Faculty 4:15 p.m., Tribble Hall Main Lobby May 25, 2002 Fifth Annual Excellence Triathlon To raise awareness and support prevention of family violence Reynolda campus (sponsored by WHCOE) June 13-16, 2002 National Women’s Studies Association 23rd Annual Conference Las Vegas, Nevada. Plenaries: Women of All Colors Building an Inclusive Organization Together, Political Women and Political Power, and Body Politics August 27, 2002 Women’s Studies Open House/Reception for Faculty and Students 1:00 p.m., Tribble Hall Main Lobby, WST Office and WST Library/Lounge Watch for dates, locations and times of other Women’s Studies events.
Mars and Venus, or Planet Earth?
Women and Men in a New Millennium
On Thursday, April 4, 2002, Wake Forest students and faculty heard a lecture given by Dr. Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. Dr. Kimmel is a sociologist, author, and educator who has received international recognition for his work on men and masculinity. His innovative course, Sociology of Masculinity, is one of the few courses in the nation that examines men’s lives from a profeminist perspective. His co-edited college textbook, Men’s Lives, has been adopted in virtually every course on men and masculinity in the country. He has lectured at over
200 colleges and universities, and conducted workshops for private and public sector organizations on preventing sexual harassment and implementing gender equity, and for campus groups on date and acquaintance rape, sexual assault, pornography, and the changing relations between women and men. On the basis of his expertise, Kimmel served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice in the VMI and Citadel cases. His books include The Gendered Society, Manhood in America: A Cultural History, The Politics of Manhood, Men Confront Pornography, Against the Tide: ProFeminist Men in the United States, and Men’s Lives. Dr. Kimmel’s visit was sponsored by the Women’s
Studies Program, the History Department, the Sociology Department, the Art Department, the Religion Department, and CARE.
Dr. Cheryl Leggon (Director of Women’s Studies), Dr. Michael Kimmel, and Dr. Stephen Boyd (Religion Department)
RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) For Women We had a great semester of RAD (WST 100) this spring. One hundred nineteen (119) women took the class during the first or second half of the semester. While I could tell you why I think that this course is vitally important to all women, I believe that it is much more powerful to hear the voices of the students. For their final paper in this class, women were asked to answer the question “What is the most significant thing that you learned from taking the RAD class?” Here are some brief excerpts from a few papers. “The most significant thing I learned in RAD was my own strength and power. RAD has given me a sense of empowerment that I have never owned. I honestly feel that if I am presented with a dangerous situation, I am infinitely more prepared. Not only am I equipped with physical tools to protect myself, but I am also mentally prepared to take on the challenge and know that I have control over my body and my destiny.” “It is really astounding the exhilaration and power you feel when you scream at the top of your lungs,
‘NO!’ RAD reminded me that I am strong, I am powerful, and I can control my safety and my destiny; my fate doesn’t have to rely on the demands of anyone but myself. I think that all women at Wake Forest should take this class, not only for protection but to prove to them how much potential mental and physical power a woman has.” “The most significant thing I learned as a result of taking the RAD class is the importance of being aware of your surroundings and to always trust your instincts.” “[An] important thing that I have learned is to be vocal, loud, and confident in what you are doing. Attackers normally look for victims, not fighters.” “The article by Gavin de Becker [from the book, The Gift of Fear] stated that 75 rapes occur every hour. I could barely believe this statistic when I read it. It meant that by the time I finished reading and went to bed for the night, 75 women would be raped and their lives would be forever altered. In fact, I was awake much longer that night because I could not stop thinking
about this troubling statistic or the reality of what it meant for me. Seventy-five women in an hour, and I’m sure none of them thought that they would ever become a rape victim either. If it could happen to them, it could certainly happen to me.” “After taking RAD and reading the various articles on rape, I don’t think that I will walk the streets in the same way or relate to male strangers in the same way ever again. While some think it is sad that women must live this way, I consider the loss of innocence as a necessary and small price to pay for my safety.” “I am not powerless to stop an assault merely because I am a woman!” Our many thanks to RAD instructors Mary Gerardy (Student Life), Gina Jones (Communications Officer), and Officer Tom Slater (WFU Police)!! RAD Students -------------------RAD is a seven-week course that develops and enhances the options of selfdefense (including basic physical selfdefense tactics, risk reduction, and avoidance) so they may become viable considerations for any woman who is attacked. RAD is offered twice each semester. See the Women’s Studies Course Schedule or visit our website for more.
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with Teach For America this fall if it were not for the lessons I learned here. Ladies, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening my eyes, sharing your strength, and giving me hope. If only more men knew how much you have to teach, and how much we have to learn.
Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus (Humanities) became full professor this spring. Sharon Andrews (Theatre) recently received notice of tenure approval and promotion to associate professor. Dr. Linda Nielsen (Education/Women’s Studies) received a $2,000 grant from the William C. Archie Fund for Faculty Excellence for Fathers and Daughters. While on sabbatical last fall, Dr. Nielsen completed her third book, Embracing Your Father: Strengthening Father Daughter Relationships. It should appear in print by the end of this year. Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus recently published Agnes Blannbekin, Viennese Beguine: Life and Relevations in the series The Library of Medieval Women, edited by the publisher Boydell & Brewer, UK. Dr. Gillian Overing (English) published Double Agents: Women and Clerical Culture in Anglo-Saxon England, University of Pennsylvania Press, coauthored with Clare A. Lees, in the fall of 2001.
International Women’s Movements Class Explores Women’s Lives Across Cultures Mary DeShazer
Reynolda Campus Mentoring Program
WST Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events Reception, January 31, 2002, Autumn Room, Reynolda Hall. Christopher Kilmartin’s “Crimes Against Nature” Performance, during Rape Awareness Week, February 12, 2002, Wait Chapel. A humorous and compelling look at what it means to be a man in today’s world. Co-sponsor. Cristina Garcia: Readings from Dreaming in Cuban and The Aguero Sisters, March 20, 2002, Pugh Auditorium. Cosponsor. German Moravians in the Atlantic World, April 4-6, 2002. Co-sponsor. Dr.
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The fifteen students in Women’s current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Friendship, the Forgotten Category,” Studies Seminar WST 321A this The third group of presenters con- April 15, 2002, Pugh Auditorium. Cospring examined global feminist centrated on women’s struggles in sponsor. movements and women’s struggles the Middle East, emphasizing such for social change in various cultures subjects as the activism of RAWA and historical time periods. We con- (The Revolutionary Association of centrated on four themes: resistance Women of Afghanistan), Iranian Note to the Director: and transformation; work and educa- women’s feminist fiction, and the I just wanted to let you know participation of certain tion; sexuality, spirituality, that last spring’s final project for Egyptian women in Musand power; and writing the Introduction to Women’s Issues has lim fundamentalist movebody politic. Although we turned out to have some real-world ments. The fourth panel read autobiography and theapplications for me! After returnwas entitled “Politics, Meory by women from many ing from my summer at the Worrell dia, and Resistance”; topcountries, we looked in House (London), I moved to Washics ranged from women’s depth at contemporary ington, DC, and got a job with The participation in Latin women’s movements in W.I.S.E. Activism on Campus Lee Anne Quattrucci (‘02) Children’s Partnership. TCP is a American politics to U.S. South Africa, Afghanistan, non-profit with a number of fomedia treatment of the India, El Salvador, and the cuses, but I work on our technolwar in El Salvador during the 1980s. United States. ogy initiative which addresses isMany students wrote in their jourThe culminating activity of the sues of low-income communities’ course was a two-week series of re- nals about their increased engageaccess to technology and online search presentations by members of ment with international women’s content for low-income users. the class, which consisted of four issues after the events of September Anyway—I am writing to tell you panels. The first group focused its 11, when global awareness seemed that this organization was founded research on the rights of the girl- to them no longer a choice but a neby and is directed by two women! child to health, safety, education, cessity. The class also appreciated And I can DEFINITELY see some of and freedom from violence; among the fact that many campus events the characteristics that we talked the topics discussed were female co-sponsored by Women’s Studies about in class last spring. All the circumcision in West Africa and pub- had an international focus, most notime I sit back and think, “Oh yes, lic virginity testing in KwaZulu-Natal. tably the lecture by Cuban-American this is certainly an example of a The second panel examined the ef- novelist Cristina Garcia in March and traditionally female leadership fects of war on women; topics the presentation on women’s friendstyle!” ranged from prostitution and pov- ships by Dr. Elisabeth MoltmannKaren L. Roberts (’01) erty resulting from the Viet Nam War Wendel in April. Senior Academic Award to mothers and peacemaking in the
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Dr. Cheryl Leggon, Director of the Women’s Studies Program, to develop a plan for giving to Wake Forest in a way meaningful to both alumnae and current students. On Tuesday, April 23, 2002, in Pugh Auditorium, the Group of 1962 Alumnae Friends of Women’s Studies sponsored a forum entitled “Combining Professional and Personal Lives: Strategies, Struggles, Successes.” The forum began with a lecture given by Lynn Weber, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of South Carolina—Columbia. Dr. Weber is a widely published and nationally known scholar. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality in social mobility work and family. Dr. Weber is the author or co-author of three books and numerous articles and monographs. The lecture was followed by a panel of women and students discussing strategies, struggles, successes and failures in finding a balance for professional and personal lives. Panel members were Dr. Cheryl Leggon, Director of Women’s Studies at Wake Forest University; Ms. Mary Ann Cromer Brittain, Class of 1962 and Director of School Programs at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences; Dr. Loraine Stewart, Associate Professor of Education at Wake Forest University; Anjali Garg,
The Group e n j o y s dinner at The Vineyards following Dr. Weber’s lecture and the forum on April 23.
Class of 2005; Brett Celedonia, Women’s Studies Minor and Class of 2004; Kimberly Gaulin, Women’s Studies Minor and Class of 2004. The forum ended with questions and comments from the audience. A reception followed in the Pugh Auditorium foyer. The evening concluded with dinner at The Vineyards in Reynolda Village where Dr. Lynn Weber was guest of honor. On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of the Wake Forest University Women’s Studies Program, we would like to thank the 1962 WFU Alumnae Friends of Women’s Studies for your generous support.
Congratulations, Class of 1962, on your 40th class reunion!
HERE AND THERE WITH STUDENTS In February, Wake Forest University and Salem College joined forces to produce “V-Day Winston-Salem” a national college initiative to help stop violence against women and girls. All four of the Vagina Monologues performances were sold out and upwards of $8,500 was raised for donation to the Battered Women’s Shelter of Winston-Salem and Planned Parenthood. It was a completely student organized production with a large cast from Wake and Salem. Jennie Lewis of Salem College and Lilly Massa (’03) of Wake Forest University were the producers/ directors. Women’s Studies Internship Course student Fielding Randall (’03) was given the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award at Family Services for her work with rape victims. Other Course interns contributed to the community by tutoring and mentoring low-income female high school students and by working with lawyers who help victims of domestic violence.
P.O. Box 7365, Reynolda Station Winston-Salem, NC 27109
Women’s Studies Graduates—Class of 2002 The Women’s Studies Program will host its annual reception honoring senior Women’s Studies Program minors on Sunday, May 19, 2002, at 4:15 p.m., in the Main Lobby of Tribble Hall. This year’s graduates are:
Noelle Balliett—I am not sure yet where I will be living. I have applied for jobs in Knoxville, Asheville, and Winston-Salem. The positions include social work, community education, and fundraising—all for various nonprofits. Not only does my Women’s Studies minor look good on my resume of course, but the internships I’ve taken have proven to be priceless. I did a “Preventing Child Sexual Abuse” internship in the fall of my junior year and have been working as a Rape Advocate for Family Services (one of the places I have applied to).
Gary Lowman—I will be teaching elementary school in New York City through Teach For America. My WST minor has really opened my eyes and given me a broader understanding of the world in which we live.
Lee Anne Quattrucci—I will be living in W i nst on- S ale m and teaching for a while. I am considering law school. Choosing to be a Women’s Studies minor at Wake was a very wise decision. I will never forget the amazing women and men who are part of the program. The professors who taught me have truly inspired me to inspire others.
Kim Storer— I’m moving to D.C. in August and will be looking for a job there, probably in the non-profit realm, doing either counseling, fund raising, community education, or whatever seems to come my way. Women’s Studies has definitely pushed me in the direction of wanting to work with women’s issues, and specifically with young women. Eventually I will be going back to school and in the future work as a school counselor. The WST classes are by far the best classes I have taken at Wake. Not only were they interesting and informative, but I felt they were the ones that have best prepared me to face the real world. I hope that the WST will continue to grow by reaching out to those students who are from other disciplines.
Heidi Tobaben J a c q u e l i n e Shock—For the next two years I will be teaching in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with Jesuit Volunteers International. I then hope to pursue a graduate degree in Peace & Justice Studies and work with social justice organizations. Women’s Studies has made me more aware of the inequalities that women face due solely to their sex and why society has evolved in this way. Understanding the roots of gender bias and why it exists is the first step in changing the way women and men think about gender issues and thus in changing society. Furthermore, Women’s Studies has been a springboard for heightening my social conscience in other areas as well, and its influence has extended far in my life; the amazing enrichment my education has gained from women’s studies is invaluable.
Congratulations Women’s Studies Graduates… Thanks for the memories!
WOMEN’S STUDIES TRIVIA Did you know that we have a great library/lounge for Women’s Studies students, faculty and staff? There are books, videos, music CD’s, microwave, refrigerator, comfortable chairs, and computer hookup. Want to know WHERE it is and HOW you can make use of this great space? (Call Linda at 758-3758) Jennifer Coccitto stands in front of the Cancer Awareness bulletin board she created this spring just off the main lobby in Tribble Hall. Thanks, Jennifer, for all of your assistance in Women’s Studies this year.
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS? The Reynolda and Bowman Gray Campuses of WFU now have formal mentoring programs for women at the junior faculty level! On March 28, 2002, a joint luncheon was held on the Bowman Gray Campus to discuss individual approaches to mentoring. For more information, watch for our Fall 2002 issue of News & Notes. You may also call Dr. Claudia Kairoff (758-5375) or Dr. Cheryl Leggon (758-4455) on the Reynolda Campus, or Dr. Mary Lou Voytko (713-7174) on the Bowman Gray Campus.
WOMEN’S STUDIES COURSE OFFERINGS FOR FALL 2002 WST 100
RAD: Rape Aggression Defense for Women (1 hr/1 cr)
Women's Issues (3 hr/4 cr)
Seminar: Women and Reproduction (3 hr/4 cr)
Seminar: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture (3 hr/4 cr)
Fathers and Daughters (3 hr/4 cr)
Special Topics: Ecofeminism (3 hr/4 cr)
Independent Study (1-3 hr/1-4 cr)
Internships: Non-PREPARE only (1.5-3 hr/2-4 cr)
Internships: PREPARE only (1.5-3 hr/2-4 cr)
A. 9/2-10/14, Monday 2:00-3:50pm B. 10/21-12/2, Monday 2:00-3:50pm C. 9/3-10/15, Tuesday 3:00-4:50pm D. 10/22-12/3, Tuesday 3:00-4:50pm E. 8/28-10/9, Wednesday 2:00-3:50pm F. 10/16-12/4, Wednesday 2:00-3:50pm G. 8/29-10/10, Thursday 3:00-4:50pm H. 10/17-12/5, Thursday 3:00-4:50pm Develops and enhances the options of self-defense for women in case of attack. Includes basic physical self-defense tactics, risk reduction and avoidance. Requires violence against women readings. Pass/fail only. Location TBA
Thursday 3:00-5:15pm Tribble B216 An interdisciplinary course that integrates materials from the humanities and the sciencies, taught by faculty representing at least two fields. Required for WST minor. Meets cultural diversity requirement.
Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm Tribble A4 Addresses the issue of reproduction in women's lives. Will explore a variety of aspects of the topic such as the menstrual cycle, fertility and contraception, pregnancy, childbirth, abortion, reproductive technology, adoption and menopause. A goal is to make class members aware of alternative views and information about these issues.
Tuesday 5:30-8:00pm Tribble B216 Examines key literary and theoretical texts that have shaped our current understanding of political, historical and cultural dimensions of gay/lesbian life--especially questions of race and class, the construction of heterosexism, the contributions of feminism and current challenges such as AIDS.
Thursday 3:00-5:30pm Tribble A206 Explores ways in which fathers influence their daughters' emotional, psychological and intellectual development. Selections from psychology, mythology, film and contemporary literature. See wfu.edu/~nielsen for more information.
Monday 3:00-5:30pm Tribble A202 Examines keys of ecofeminism, including environmentalism, spirituality, human and animal rights, and using a global perspective in our discussions. Explores an effective tool for disseminating information and encouraging activism--ecofeminist literature.
TBA TBA Projects in women's studies that continue study begun in regular courses or develop new areas of interest. POI. Tuesday 3:00-5:30pm
TBA TBA Practicum opportunities for work and for research in conjunction with a local women's or justice organization. Pass/fail only.