Spring 2014 Events
Trans-Feminisms: New Challenges, New Frontiers, Speaker Panel
Tuesday 25th 5:30-8:00 Cohen Lounge. Join us for a speaker panel with Barbra “Babs” Siperstein, first transgender member of the Democratic National Convention; Professor Abena Busia, Director of Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University who is a widely-published poet and scholar of Ghanaian background and who works on feminist coalition-building between African diasporic and African-American communities in her writing and teaching, and Selly Thiam, a journalist trained at Carnegie Mellon and CUNY, who has served as independent reporter for National Public Radio and the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History, producing stories on international issues and immigrant communities. She is currently directing an ongoing four-year project documenting the plight of gay and lesbian Africans for an oral history archive called “None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa.”
Gender, Sexuality, and Race in Islam: A Dicsussion with a Pulitzer Prizewinning Playwright
Tuesday April 8th 5:30-8:00 in Dinallo Multi-purpose room. Join us in welcoming Mr. Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer prizewinning playwright, for a conversation about Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality and Islam in post 9/11 USA discussing his novel American Dervish as well as his prizewinning play, Disgraced.
Fall 2013 Events
Looking Back, Moving Forward
Please join us on this day as we hear from four fantastic speakers (including three WMGS alumni) about their scholastic and professional goals and interests. Among our speakers will be:
Krystal Arango, a Montclair State University alumnus who double majored in Biology and Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently working toward a Master's in Women's and Gender Studies, and wants to go to medical school.
Maria Roumiantseva, also a Montclair State University alumnus who double majored in Women's and Gender Studies and English. Currently, she is in her 3rd year of law school, and hopes to work with LGBT homeless youth.
Whitney Shields, our third alumnus. During her time here, she was a Theater major, and a Women's and Gender Studies minor. She just returned fromTogo, Africa, working with the Peace Corps for women empowerment conferences.
Lucia Doyle is a current Women's and Gender Studies major here at Montclair State University, and she will be speaking about the major, as well as her activism on campus.
Changing the World through Gender Empowerment: The WMGS Annual Open House
Tuesday Oct. 15th 11:30-1:30pm Cohen Lounge
This year we will have a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Afzal-Khan and Dr. Abreu, featuring faculty, staff, and alumni of MSU as well as representatives of different organizations in New Jersey working on issues of gender and sexuality. Several organizations (such as Shelter Our Sisters, Wafa House, Masakhane Center) will be on hand to provide career guidance to present and potential WMGS and GLBTQ majors and minors.
Hurt, The Shadow: The Josephine Hopper Poems
Thursday Oct. 24th 11:30-12:45pm Cohen Lounge
Join us for an exciting lecture by Prof. Emeritus Dr. Carole Stone on the life and art of Josephine Hopper, wife of acclaimed American painter Edward Hopper. Professor Emeritus Dr. Carol Stone will do a feminist reclamation of her life and work, accompanied by slides of her paintings.
Working with Sharks: One Woman’s Fight to Pass Sexual Harassment Laws in Pakistan
Dr. Fouzia Saeed
Wednesday, October 29th
6:00-7:30pm Cohen Lounge; followed by book signing
L is for Lion
Tuesday Nov 5th 11:30-12:45pm, UN Courtyard Lounge
Acclaimed Italian American performance artist Annie Lanzillotto will do a performative reading from her new memoir about growing up butch in the Bronx. Book signing to follow.
Spring 2013 Events
From The Melody Queen to the Muslim Madonna: Pakistani Female Singers from 1947 to the Present
A 15 minute preview of Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan's documentary film funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Watch it on the WMGS youtube channel: Melody Queen to Muslim Madonna
International Women's Day: Performing FeMENisms on the Global Stage
Radhika Vaz performs Unladylike!
“Unladylike: The pitfalls of propriety” is a one-woman comedy show that debuted in New York City to sold-out audiences. The show is the love child of a dirty affair between stand-up and sketch comedy and explores the universal truths of modern womanhood which means that the words ‘I hate giving blow jobs’, and ‘I nag because I am good at it’, and ‘It is impossible for me to look sexy and have an orgasm at the same time’ are all part of the script.
Jihad Against Violence,written by Fawzia Afzal-Khan and Bina Sharif, is a poetic memory-play, meant to jolt us out of our complacency with violence in different aspects of our lives. The play weaves together the memories and desires of a Pakistani past and multicultural present in post- 911 USA. It speaks to issues of Muslim womanhood in a patriarchal capitalist world, relating concerns of women (and men) in the "turd" world to the "first" in this, our neo-imperial moment which knows no past nor present, only an unending continuum: shall we cry, or shall we laugh? Maybe both---and maybe, just maybe, to dare to have the audacity to hope for change; we can’t go on, we must go on!
From Drag to Vamp: A History of Feminine Masculinities in Indian Cinema
March 21, 2013 5:30-7:00 PM Dickson Hall 271
Anuj Vaidya (artist-in-residence at MSU) maps the arc of drag in Indian cinema. In this lecture, Vaidya mines the Bollywood screen to discover a continuum of gender possibilities and the political/cultural discourses they elaborate.
All are welcome!
Performing New Possibilites/ Newsest Femenisms on our Global Stage
March 25 5:30-8:00 Cohen Lounge
Political theorists and activist Zillah Eisenstein will discuss the newest complex changes across the globe that highlight women's struggles and activism across racial, sexual, national, and class lines but with new allegiances and complexities. Come and Enjoy!!
VGL 5'4" Top
April 3 5:30-7:30 Dickson 179
Lucas Brooks is a writer, performer, and sex educator living in Brooklyn. In his first one man show, Brooks will present VGL 5’4” Top a solo performance about online dating and its place in gay male culture. Come enjoy the show!
Fall 2012 Events
Please join us in the Courtyard Lounge in University Hall on this day to hear fantastic speakers from the Trans Community and allies talk about their experiences. There will be free refreshments and informational packets to take with you.
Race, Gender, and the Elections
Christina López is the author of Estamos en la Lucha: Immigrant Women Light the Fires of Resistance, co-founder of Sisters Organize for Survival, and Seattle Radical Women leader. An outspoken advocate for whose most effected by social service and education cutbacks, she is the vice presidential candidate on the Freedom Socialist Party 2012 Presidential Campaign ticket.
End of Semester Holiday Party!
When: Thursday December 13
Where: University Hall Courtyard Lounge
Enjoy snacks, refreshments, and holiday fun!
Red and Green clothes, and Silly Hats are encouraged!!