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The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
Fall 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 pm
The Segal Theatre
Ménage à Twang
As members of the country camp trio Ménage à Twang, Jessica Del Vecchio, Emily Moore, and Elizabeth Whitney are no strangers to queer feminist anthems. This September, they're looking back to the 70s and 80s as they present a performance that revives and contextualizes Second Wave "womyn's" music, weaving archival material and multi-media with work by artists ranging from Maxine Feldman to Sweet Honey in the Rock. Originally developed with help from the Lesbian Herstory Archives, this show features funny, touching lesbian classics and rousing singalongs.
Cosponsored with the Center for LGBTQ Studies, CLAGS.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Room 9207
“Offstage Directions: French Women and the Reshaping of the Renaissance Theater
FRANCESCA CANADE SAUTMAN, Professor of French, Hunter College and The Graduate Center/CUNY is Professor of French at the Graduate Center and Hunter College. Her works in progress include: Striking Out on their Own: Women, Same-Sex Affective Networks and Working Class Culture in France, 1880-1930; Violence and Gender in Flanders and in the French North, XIIIth-XIVth Centuries; Hidden in Plain Sight: Women and Veiling in Late Medieval France; and Melancholy Time: Mapping the Late Medieval Fall Calendar. Dark Passages: Italian American Artists of the Interwar Period and the Search for Community
Cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR.
Monday, September 19, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Rooms C204, C205
Trans Bodies, Trans Selves Panel on Trans History
The Trans Bodies, Trans Selves anthology (Oxford University Press, 2014) is a resource guide covering health, legal issues, cultural and social questions, history, theory, and lives of trans people, which won the CLAGS Sylvia Rivera Award in trans studies. Contributors from this anthology are offering this panel on transgender history.
Cosponsored with the Center for LGBTQ Studies, CLAGS.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Room C205
Affect Bleeds in Feminist Social Networks
ALEXANDRA JUHASZ Chair of Film Department, Brooklyn College/CUNY, makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video; Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video; F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, co-edited with Jesse Lerner; Learning from YouTube; The Blackwell Companion on Contemporary Documentary, co-edited with Alisa Lebow; and with Yvonne Welbon, Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of African-American Lesbian Filmmaking. Dr. Juhasz is also the producer of educational videotapes on feminist issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy, as well as the feature films, The Watermelon Woman (1997), and The Owls (2010). Her current work is on and about feminist Internet culture including YouTube and feminist pedagogy and community.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Women Writing Women’s Lives
Dorothy O. Helly Works-in Progress Lecture
4:00-5:30 pm
Room 9205
An Accidental Biographer: Julia Van Haaften on Berenice Abbott
JULIA VAN HAAFTEN, a former New York Public Library special collections librarian and photography curator, wrote the essay on Berenice Abbott for the 1988 volume in Aperture Foundation’s “Masters of Photography” series (completely revised and re-issued last year). After organizing an Abbott retrospective exhibition for the NYPL, Julia Van Haaften is now working on the publication of Abbott's biography by Norton in fall 2017, which recognizes the photographer’s high place in American art.
Co-sponsored by The Leon Levy Center for Bibliography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, The Center for the Humanities and The Feminist Press.
Monday, October 17, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Room 9204
Wasting the Best Years of Their Lives
KINNERET LAHAD, Assistant Professor of the NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program at Tel-Aviv University in Israel is a visiting scholar in Sociology at Columbia University. Her areas of research include sociology of the family, singlehood, sociological and feminist studies of time, critical age studies, friendship studies, social emotions and feminist cultural studies. She recently published Stop waiting! Hegemonic and Alternative Scripts of Single Women’s Subjectivity, (Sage, 2016). Her second title, A Table for One: A Critical Reading of Singlehood, Gender and Time is forthcoming from Manchester University Press.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Room 9207
Inter-Elemental Sympathies and Cross-Species Compassion: Caring for the Hybrid Body” in Titus Andronicus
ROYA BIGGIE, a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College is also a PhD Candidate in English at the Graduate Center/CUNY, and holds an M.A. from Georgetown. Her current project, “Ecologies of the Passions in Early Modern English Tragedies,” explores generative interspecies and ecological interactions. She has a forthcoming essay on representations of insects on the early modern stage in the collection Lesser Living Creatures of the Renaissance.
Cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Room 9204
MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies Open House
We welcome prospective students to the MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies to meet with current students and faculty members and discuss the program. Students attending are also invited to sit in on one of two sample class meetings from 2:00-4:00.
Those interested in attending should RSVP to by October 1st.
Friday, October 28, 2016
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Room 9207
This event is part of the Sue Weinberg Lecture Series.
Public Health Skepticism and Respect for Women's Voices
ANNE BARNHILL, Assistant Professor in Medical Ethics and Health Policy and JESSICA MARTUCCI, Assistant Professor of History at Mississippi State University, are both Senior Fellows at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. 
Cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in Philosophy, SWIP.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Segal Theatre
Film screening: 3 to Infinity: Beyond Two Genders with Director Q&A
In the feature documentary film by Lonny Shavelson, meet teenagers, parents, singles and couples, younger and older people who guide you into their world, where gender is not limited to male or female but is a spectrum of possibilities— agender, gender neutral, genderqueer, and more. Following the film will be a Q&A with Shavelson.
Cosponsored with the Center for LGBTQ Studies, CLAGS.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Room  9206
Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses
JEAN HALLEY, Associate Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, earned her PhD in Sociology at the Graduate Center, and her Master’s in Theology at Harvard University. Publications include Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy (University of Illinois Press 2007) and The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets, (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). She also assisted Professor Patricia Clough in editing The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social (Duke University Press 2007), and co-authored Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race, (Rowman and Littlefield 2011), with Amy Eshleman and Ramya Vijaya.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Room  9205
Gender and Travel Discourse: The Travels of Lady Catherine Whetenhall (1649-1650)
PATRICIA AKHIMIE, Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University- Newark is currently working on a book entitled Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World.  Her other publications include “Strange Episodes: Race in Stage History,” in Shakespeare Bulletin (Fall, 2009), “Travel, Drama, and Domesticity: Staging Housewifery in Fletcher and Massinger’s The Sea Voyage” in Studies in Travel Writing (June, 2009) and “‘Bruis’d with Adversity’: Reading Race in The Comedy of Errors” in the forthcoming volume, A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race.  She will speak on her recent research into early modern English women's experiences and accounts of travel.   
Cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, SSWR.
Friday, December 2, 2015
4:30-6:30 pm
Room 9204
This event is part of the Sue Weinberg Lecture Series.
Why Rape is Not Sex Minus Consent
SUSAN BRISON is a Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth. As part of her advocacy work, Brison lobbied for the Violence Against Women Act and its re-authorization. Her 2003 book, Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self, received wide acclaim for its emotionally and intellectually stimulating account of her own sexual assault and her subsequent journey as a survivor. Brison said that writing was an essential form of activism. The process of writing “de-stigmatizes” sexual assault by talking about it and raising awareness Cosponsored with the Society for the Study of Women in Philosophy, SWIP.
Friday, December 9, 2016
12:00-2:00 pm
Room 9204
Women’s Studies Student Awards Presentation
Please join us in recognition of students completing the Women’s Studies Doctoral Certificate requirements, students who have graduated with a Certificate, and winners of the Nina Fortin Dissertation Proposal Prize, the Sue Zalk Travel Award, the Carolyn Heilbrun Dissertation Prize and the Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize. Award recipients will speak about their work. All are welcome; we especially request the presence of WSCP students and faculty. Please RSVP by Nov. 22nd  to