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GWS Documentary Night: 10/6

The Vote: American Experience

Part One - October 6th @ 6pm.

Discussion to follow.

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Abolitionist Enchantment: Black Trans Art and the Afterlife of Slavery - 10/13

This talk examines Black trans visual art and cinema and how Black trans artists trouble the politics of visibility. Taking Saidiya Hartman’s argument that the afterlife of slavery is an ‘aesthetic problem’ as their point of departure, Gossett suggests that Black trans artists and aesthetics demonstrate a disenchantment with an antiblack politics of representation and instead think abolition as an aesthetics of existence. Gossett further argues that these artists and aesthetics resist visibility—capture—through ‘ critical fabulation’ and speculation. In resisting visibility, they also refuse to disappear.

October 13th at 4:30 pm.

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The Less Selfish Gene: Forest Altruism, Neoliberalism, and the Tree of Life


Lecture: Dr. Rob Nixon, Barron Family Professor in Humanitities and Environment, Princeton

"The Less Selfish Gene: Forest Altruism, Neoliberalism, and the Tree of Life"

Co-sponsored by Villanova English Department

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Community Conversation: 11/5

THURSDAY November 5th, 6:30 - 8:00

GWS Community Conversation: Post-Election

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GWS Faculty Research Luncheon

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Join us on Monday, September 21st at noon for a GWS Faculty Research Luncheon featuring Dr. Melissa Hodges.

Topic: What makes Workers "Essential"? Gender, Race and Reproductive Labor Under COVID


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Feminist Book Club

The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 4:00-5:00PM

GWS Book Club: The Body is Not an Apology, Part II  (Chapters 3 - end)

The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

Open to Villanova students, faculty and staff.


Contact Information

Travis Foster, PhD
Director of Academics

Melissa Hodges, PhD
Director of Programming

Lorretta Chiaverini
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4750

Office: SAC 077

Gender and Women's Studies Student Reserch Conference

Each spring the Villanova Women’s Studies Program hosts the Gender and Women's Studies Research 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.