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Fall 2014 Gender and Women's Studies Events


Challenging Global Gender Violence:
The Global Clothesline Project

Susan Rose
, Dept. of Sociology, Dickinson College

4:30 pm, Monday, November 17
Bartley 1011

Co-sponsored by the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Cultural Studies, Peace and Justice Education and Global International Studies

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.


Invisible Families, Invisible Conflicts: Examining Identity-Based Work-Family Conflict for Members of Same-Sex Couples
GWS Faculty Research Seminar
Katina Sawyer,
Dept. of Psychology, Villanova

12:30 pm, Wednesday, November 19
Fedigan Room, SAC 400

*Paper for pre-circulation will be available on website*

Katina Sawyer is an expert in industrial organization, talent management solutions, gender and race issues in the workplace, as well as leadership and teambuilding. During and after her graduate work, she worked as an independent consultant and for SHL, a global consulting firm, on the Optimization Services team. Her areas of expertise include leadership, diversity, and strategic HR management. Katina has published numerous articles and book chapters about leadership, diversity, training effectiveness, performance appraisal systems, and work-family conflict. She holds a dual-Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.


Muslims, Slavery and the Making of Race and Sex in South Africa 

Gabeba Baderoon
Depts. of Women’s Studies and African Studies
Pennsylvania State University

4:00 PM
Thursday, October 30

Gabeba Baderoon writes on representations of religion, race, gender and sexuali-ty, with a focus on South Africa. She is the author of Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid (Wits, 2014) and the poetry collections The Dream in the Next Body and A hundred silences. She has published widely on the topic of representations of Isla and is Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and an Extraordinary Professor of English at Stellenbosch University.

Anne Rubin

"Freedpeople and forty Acres: African American and Sherman's March"

150th Anniversary of William T. Sherman's March to the Sea.

Wednesday, October 22nd
4:00 pm
Connelly Center Cinema

Anne Sarah Rubin ia an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Center for Digital History and Education at the University of Maryland. Baltimore County. Dr. Rubin will be signing copies of her new book, Through the Heart of Dixiie: Sherman's March in American Memory.

Co-sponsored by the department of History, Africana Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Collegue of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Honors.


“A Woman’s Words”
Gayle Danley
, Performance Poet
6:00 pm, Thursday, October 2
Driscoll Auditorium 

Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, English, Communication, Honors and the Center for Multicultural Affairs

Gayle Danley is a slam poetry artist. She has touched thousands with her Slam Poetry workshops, lectures, performances and speeches. Gayle has published three books: “Naked”, “Soulfull—A Slam Poetry Study Guide”, and “Passionate—Poems You Can Feel”. Her keynote and lecture series fuses her poetry with the ability to touch her audience through real life experiences,

Ruth Wilson

“Mass Incarceration Today: Understanding the Present Conjuncture”
Greater Philadelphia Women’s Studies Consortium Scholar-in-Residence
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
, Depts. of Earth & Environmental Sciences
and American Studies, CUNY Graduate Center

4:30 pm, Monday, October 6
Bartley 1011

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and The Caribbean (IRADAC), and serves on the boards of many social justice, cultural, and scholarly formations in the US, Europe, and West Asia. She was a founding member of Critical Resistance, California Prison Moratorium Project, and other grassroots organizations. Among many publications, her prize-winning book is “Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California.” In this book she examined how political and economic forces produced California’s prison boom. In the 2012 DVD “Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance to a New Way of Life,” Gilmore joins other scholars to examine the prison system and the history of the prison abolition movement. 


Paying for the Party: How Colleges Maintain Inequality
Elizabeth A. Armstrong
, Dept. of Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan

6:30 pm, Tuesday, October 21
Mendel 102

Sponsored by the Office of Health Promotion and Student Life

Elizabeth A. Armstrong is a sociologist with research interests in the areas of sexuality, gender, culture, organizations, social movements, and higher education. Her book, “Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality,” is based on five years of interview research. Mapping different pathways available to college students, the authors demonstrate that the most well-resourced and seductive route is a "party pathway" anchored in the Greek system and facilitated by the administration. This pathway exerts influence over the academic and social experiences of all students, and while it benefits the affluent and well-connected, Armstrong and Hamilton make clear how it seriously disadvantages the majority. Eye-opening and provocative, Paying for the Party reveals how outcomes can differ so dramatically for those whom universities enroll.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference

Each spring the Villanova Women’s Studies Program hosts the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference. It is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work, discuss your interests with other students and faculty, and see the broad range of intellectual disciplines Women’s Studies more.