Women’s and Gender Studies at Wake Forest University
News & Notes
No. 34/Spring 2004 Anne Boyle, Director Linda Mecum, Editor 336/758-3758 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wfu.edu/academics/wgs
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.
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
Covington (Continued from page 1) cross-cultural understanding; she plans further research into AfricanAmerican responses to homosexuality and the uncomfortable parallel between the Civil Rights Movement and the Gay Liberation Movement. As Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs, Covington works to bridge the divides among minority communities, both on the Wake Forest campus and within the WinstonSalem community. Her passion for people has led her to pursue ways in which she can promote programs that benefit members of racial minorities and sexually diverse minorities. Covington grew up exposed to knowledge of the African-American Civil Rights Movement and the leaders of that movement who fought for the rights of black individuals. She credits Malcolm X as being among the first to break away from solely promoting the rights of the black community and
instead focusing on the importance of basic human rights. “We’re all humans,” Covington said, “with the same rights guaranteed to all of us.” Coming from a relatively conservative family background, however, Covington was not introduced to members of the gay community until her senior year of high school when she became close friends with a gay male student. She took note of the ways in which her peers treated her gay friends and how they treated her because of her interactions with members of the homosexual community. These experiences, both in high school and later as an undergraduate at WFU, sparked Covington’s interest in learning more about the GLBT community. Her experiences within the Office of Multicultural Affairs have exposed her to a prevailing homophobic sentiment among some members of the African-American community. She says that she often hears from Afri-
can-American students that the gay rights movement and black rights movement are different because, students say, “Gay people can hide the fact that they’re gay,” while racial minorities cannot hide their skin color. “Why would you expect that of someone who is gay?” Covington asks. She has also heard many members of the African-American community comment that they believe homosexuality to be a choice and a sin. To this, she responds, “Regardless of how any group of people views homosexuality, we must be mindful that no individual should face persecution—for any reason.” Covington hopes that through her research on sexuality, new programs and initiatives can be offered to Wake students and staff which will further the acceptance of the GLBT population and bridge the divide between members of African-American and homosexual communities.
News From and About Our Minors Ashley Bumgarner (’04) will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this spring. She will be attending law school in the fall and has been accepted at Duke, University of Virginia, and Wake Forest— where she would enjoy a Carswell Scholarship continuation. Angel Coldiron (’04) is a member of PSI CHI Psychology Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society, and has been on the Dean’s List every semester. She has been very active in PREPARE (Policy Group on Rape Education, Prevention and Response) as a facilitator, a member of the executive board, a student advocate, and 1 of 3 principal investigators of the Fall 2003 PREPARE survey. Angel is a first-grade reading and math tutor, and somehow finds time to volunteer at the Samaritan Inn, Arbor Acres, and Kid’s Café. She will be attending WFU or UNC-G in the fall, pursuing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy or community counseling. She hopes to eventually counsel families affected by intimate partner violence. Heather Hefner (’04) is a member of Phi Beta Chi (2003 President), and was the 2003 National Associate Member of the Year. She is on the Dean’s List, was named to the 2003 National Dean’s List, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society. Heather has interned at the Center for Community Safety, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation, and the Volunteer Service Corps. She was involved in 2000-2002 Project Pumpkin, was a counselor at Camp Ginger Cascades Girl Scout Camp in Lenoir for 2001-2003, and was a member of the first committee of DESK (a student-led initiative that placed hand-painted desks, chairs, lamps, and school supplies in the homes of 23 needy school children). Heather’s volunteer activities include Crisis Control Volunteer Interviewer, Catholic Social Services Intake Volunteer, tutor at the Children’s Home, and tutor at Salem Garden Housing Project. Heather has accepted a full scholarship and an assistantship position at the University of South Carolina to work on her Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. Becky Kousky (’03), a December graduate, this spring traveled to India for a teaching service project; next fall she will attend the Washington University in St. Louis as a Masters of Social Work student. Lisa Mann (’04) is a member of Amnesty International and a City of Joy Scholar. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society and expects to graduate with Honors in Sociology. Although Lisa enjoys learning to play the guitar, finishing an honors thesis and job hunting have pretty much taken over her volunteer and leisure activities recently. She is applying for positions with Amnesty International and plans to relocate to either Washington, DC, or NYC with her three cats and (hopefully) a puppy. Dylan T. Morris (’04) is a Poteat Scholar and Executive Chair of Gay-Straight Student Alliance. Dylan hopes to move to the DC area and work for a non-profit organization, ideally in public relations or event planning. Anjali Garg (’05) was recently awarded a National Truman Scholarship for commitment to public service. The scholarship provides undergraduate and graduate school funding, and recognition. Anjali has also been the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship for debate, and a Carswell Scholarship for leadership. She is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. Her activities include WFU Debate, College Democrats, WISE, and WFU Chamber Orchestra (violin). Anjali also conducted a research project on gendered immigration experiences of Indian women in the United States. -2-
Director (Continued from page 1) M.A.) in English at the University of Naples while also concentrating in Philology, History, Philosophy, and Sociology. She holds a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Torre Annunziata. An article from Dr. Balzano’s book in progress, The Veiled Subject: Women, Theory, and Religion in Irish Literature, was published in the Women’s Studies Review in December 2002. During her fall visit, Prof. Balzano will organize our interdisciplinary colloquium series and teach WGS 221: Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies (team taught with Prof. Mary Dalton, Communication) and WGS 377: Irish Women in Writing and Film. We thank Paul Escott for his support of our effort to bring interdisciplinary visiting scholars to Wake Forest University and look forward with great anticipation to Wanda Balzano’s visit.
WGST is pleased to have participated in these events February 11, 2004 Association of Women Faculty and Administrators Luncheon Meeting 12:00 noon, Little Magnolia Room (sponsor) February 18, 2004 Women in Law Panel 6:00 p.m., Benson 407 (partial sponsor) February 29, 2004 Women’s Basketball 3-point Attack on Breast Cancer (partial sponsor)
March 2-3, 2004 Phyllis Trible Lecture Series: Children of Hagar and Sarah (partial sponsor) March 22, 2004 Wine and Cheese Mentoring Social 4:00 p.m., Johnson Room (ZSR) (sponsor) March 22, 2004 Navajo Journey: Lupita and John McClanahan 7:30 p.m., Anthropology Museum (partial sponsor)
Faculty Congratulations Dr. Simone Caron (History) attended the Southwest Social Science Association Conference in March 2004. She was chair and commentator of the session on Natural Family Planning in Twentieth Century America. Dr. Caron developed a new MALS course that she is teaching this semester, Women’s Political and Social Activism Since the Revolutionary War. Dr. Linda Nielsen’s (Education/WGST) new book, Embracing Your Father: How to Build the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted with Your Dad (McGraw Hill, 2004), has been greeted with rave reviews from such publications as The Boston Globe, and Harvard University’s Centers for Men and Young Men. In this book, Dr. Nielsen draws on her experience as a researcher and as someone who, since 1990, has taught the only university course in the country that focuses exclusively on father-daughter relationships. She explores three topics that generally attract the least attention from other researchers: father-daughter relationships, divorced fathers, and stepmothers. Although there are many books about mother-daughter relationships, Nielsen’s book is the only one written for daughters about specific ways to strengthen their relationships with their fathers. At the National Women’s Studies Association meetings in Milwaukee this June, Dr. Susan Borwick (Music) will take a leadership role in the Contemporary Curriculum Transformation Project, which is designed to help educators grapple with their own blind spots and address the practical issues associated with transforming women’s studies curricula to mirror today’s diverse world, its diverse students, and, potentially, its diverse faculty. Dr. J.K. Curry (Theatre/Dance) and Ms. Sharon Andrews (Theatre) received a Lilly Grant to develop a spring 2004 first-year seminar, Theatre of Protest and Social Change. They brought the Bread and Puppet Theatre Company to campus to conduct workshops with the FYS class and for a public performance in Wait Chapel on February 27. Ms. Sharon Andrews (Theatre) directed the 31-student cast of the east coast premiere of Monkey Business at WFU, February 13-22. The play looked at the Scopes Monkey Trial from both serious and satiric perspectives. In conjunction with the play, Ms. Andrews organized, with Don Pocock (’00 JD), and hosted a panel discussion/ audience conversation, The Evolution of a Debate, The Scopes Trial in the 21st Century, on Monday, February 16. Dr. Brook Davis (Theatre) and Ms. Sharon Andrews (Theatre) are currently developing a piece focused on the culture of the student athlete that will be created and performed initially by students in the summer 2004 course, THE 295: Development and Performance. Dr. Evie Shockley (English) presented a paper, “Post-Black-Aesthetics Poetry: Notes Toward the Nature of Ed Roberson’s Poetics,” at “The First Minute of a New Day”: Black Poets for the 21st Century symposium, March 15-16, 2004, at Penn State University, State College, PA. In January 2004, Dr. Shockley was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth. Dr. Anne Boyle received a Kaufmann grant for the development of a WGST first-year seminar, Women Entrepreneurs in Literature and Life, which will be offered in the fall of 2004. Boyle will also attend Ed-Media 2004, World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, in Lugano, Switzerland, June 21-26, where she will present a paper, “A New Literacy: Teaching Writing with Technology,” which was written in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Rigg, Acadia University in Nova Scotia. The following faculty have received research grants: Dr. Ellen Miller (Anthropology), Adaptive Diversity Among the Earliest Known Old World Monkeys, Leakey Foundation, $17,675; Dr. Gloria Muday (Biology), Regulation of Auxin Transport by Phosphorylation and Flavonoids during Gravitropism in Arabidopsis, NASA, $99,683; Dr. Rebecca Alexander (Chemistry), Dissecting Protein and Nucleic Acid Contributions to Efficient tRNA Aminoacylation, National Foundation for Cancer Research, $50,000; Dr. Yue-Ling Wong (Computer Science/Art) and Dr. Jennifer Burg (Computer Science), Integrated Digital Media Curriculum, NSF, $287,280; Dr. Shannon Mihalko (Health & Exercise Science), 2nd year of ongoing project, Recovery Strategies Following Breast Cancer Treatment, US Army, $210,613. -3-
WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES WELCOMES NEW MINORS!
Katie Ball ’06 Kellie Cavagnaro ’07 Sarah Clore ’05 Emily Cranford ’04 Heather Hefner ’04 Erin Winget ’06 Paris Ball ’04
Ashley Bumgarner ’04
Cambra Overend ’04
(Double majors; special approval for minor received)
WGST and Crosslisted Courses Fall 2004 FYS 100 WGS 221 WGS 321A
Collaboration (Continued from page 1) and polishing, “Choosing Silence” was published in the Fall 2003 issue of Women and Language (Vol. XXVI, No. 2). Dr. Dalton will return to teach WGS 221: Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies, this coming fall semester. Dalton is “very excited” to be able to teach the introductory course in Women’s and Gender Studies, as she has not taught that course for several years. She will be “team teaching” with Dr. Wanda Balzano, a visiting scholar from Dublin. Having two professors instructing one class allows for a wide range of ideas and opinions to intermingle and develop in the classroom, making a richer and truly interdisciplinary course. The same can be said for collaborating on a paper. According to Dr. Dalton, she and Kirsten discovered a fondness for similar topics, and “it was a luxury to be able to discuss [The Piano] with her.” Surely, “Choosing Silence” would not have been nearly as vibrant and powerful had there only been one mind working on it. She described Kirsten as “smart, organized and focused,” and emphasized how great it was to have the chance to work with her. While Kirsten was still in school, she and Dr. Dalton had the opportunity to travel to Montreal to present the paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in April of 1999. Though described by Dalton as “not that exotic,” the entire AERA experience was certainly important for Kirsten. Upon graduating as a women’s studies minor from WFU, Kirsten went on to receive a Masters of Education at Old Dominion in Norfolk, VA, but she continued to work with Dalton. They reworded and revised the paper until both were quite proud of it. It is Kirsten’s first publication, and though it is far from Dr. Dalton’s first, it is surely one of her most unique and special. Currently living in Fairfax, VA, and working as a manager of Customer Service Training for Independence Air, while teaching part-time in the Communication and Theatre Departments at Prince George’s Community College, Kirsten looks forward to going back to school eventually for her doctorate. The collaboration, however, yielded more than an exciting paper, but also a friendship. Said Dalton, “you can form relationships with students over common interests, and when they graduate you can become friends, colleagues.” It is not often that students have the opportunity to work with their professors or other faculty members, but as Kirsten and Dr. Dalton’s experience shows, it can be a very rewarding experience.
WGS 321B WGS 359 WGS 377A WGS 377B WGS 396 WGS 397A WGS 397B WST 100 AES 151 COM 340 ENG 302A ENG 302 MUS 208 POL 277 PSY 265 PSY 359 PSY 364 SOC 153 SOC 305 SOC 360 SPA 349
Women Entrepreneurs in Literature and Life Issues in Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar: Women and Reproduction Seminar: Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture Fathers and Daughters Sp.Topic: U.S. Women Poets Sp.Topic: Irish Women in Writing and Film Independent Study Internships: Non-PREPARE only Internships: PREPARE only RAD: Rape Aggression Defense for Women Race and Ethnic Diversity in America American Rhetorical Movements to 1900 Ideas in Lit: U.S. Women Poets Ideas in Lit: Irish Women in Writing and Film Women and Music Feminist Political Thought Human Sexuality Psychology of Gender Prejudice, Discrimination, Racism, and Heterosexism Contemporary Families Gender in Society Social Inequality Contemporary Women Novelists and their Female Characters
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