Events - Fall 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008: 6:45 pm
Gamble Auditorium
Panel Discussion: Post-Conflict Resolution in Bosnia and Rwanda--Beyond National Recovery

Robert L. Mugisha, Africa program manager in Survivor Corps who formerly worked in the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda and the Rwandan Justice Ministry, will lead a panel discussion with Elmina Kulasic, executive director of the Bosniak American Advisory Council in Washington, DC. An exhibition of the Srebrencia Memorial Quilt will precede the panel discussion.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008: 12:00-1:15 pm
Cassani Room, Shattuck Hall
Gathering for Prospectives: Gender Studies will host its pre-advising luncheon for current and prospective majors and minors and anyone interested in learning more about Gender Studies

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008: 4:30pm - 6pm
Blanchard Campus Center Lounge (227)
TABOO: Abortion and the Election: Where Are We Headed?

What are our reproductive rights and how will this election affect them? This taboo session will provide an opportunity to examine how the candidates for the 2008 presidential election define reproductive justice while also allowing space for you to explore what this means to you. Should Roe v. Wade be overturned? Should it be maintained or strengthened? What would be the consequences locally, nationally, and globally? How will they affect you?
Facilitators: Gender Studies 391

October 30-31, 2008
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
The Center for Research on Families announces a two day symposium:“WOMEN AND WORK: Choices and Constraints”

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008: 7pm

The Odyssey Book Shop
A Reading by Professor Elizabeth Young: Black Frankenstein: The Making of an American Metaphor

For all the scholarship devoted to Mary Shelley’s English novel, Frankenstein, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to its role in American culture, and virtually none to its racial resonance in the United States. In Black Frankenstein, Elizabeth Young identifies and interprets the figure of a black American Frankenstein monster as it appears with surprising frequency throughout nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. culture, in fiction, film, essays, oratory, painting, and other media, and in works by both whites and African Americans.

Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8:00
Umass Student Union Ballroom
Performance: Standards of Care
Free for students with college ID, $5.00 for the public including discussion with director Claire Avitabile and members of the cast

Friday, October 3, 12:15-1:15
Cassani Room, 102 Shattuck Hall, Mount Holyoke College
Lunchtime Preview of Trans Theatre: Scenes from Standards of Care, a play by Tobias K. Davis presented by the 20% Theatre Company.
About Standards of Care:
"Meet David and Jason - two transgender female-to-males (FTMs) trying to figure out their lives. When they both are in need of support the most - David from his gender therapist, and Jason from his mother - they find that their support systems are one and the same: Nancy! What will happen when Nancy's two worlds collide? "Standards of Care" is humorous and honest, serious and sexy - and without a doubt, ground-breaking new work that is not to be missed!"

Tuesday, October 7th at 7:30 PM
Dwight 101
Three German Filmmakers: Three Decades of Filmmaking 

Black European Race and the New Europe
2008-09 schedule of events

Spring 2008

February 20,7:00 pm
Odyssey Bookshop
Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks by Robin Blaetz

Feb. 25, 7:00-9:30 pm, Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115), Amherst College
Feb. 26, 7:30 pm, Blanchard Great Room, Mount Holyoke College

Children and War

26 February, 7:00 pm, Odyssey Bookshop
I’m Looking Through You Growing Up Haunted: A Memoir by Jennifer Finney Boylan

29 February, 9:30-11:30 am, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
Building Bridges: Honest Conversation about Race - An interactive workshop and group dialogue on race, differences, silence, stereotypes, solidarity, community, and change. Naomi Tutu and Rose Bator, facilitators.

March 10, 4:00 pm, 83 College Street, Five College Women's Studies Research Center
Feminist Conceptualizations of War: Geographies of Thinking
by Dubravka Zarkov, Ford Associate, The Institute of Social Studies 

March 31, 4:00 pm, 83 College Street, Five College Women's Studies Research Center
Globalizing Gender?: Militarization, ‘New Wars’ and the Global Economy by Dubravka Zarkov, Ford Associate, The Institute of Social Studies

Wednesday, April 2, 4:15 - 5:30 pm in Shattuck 102
Gathering for majors, minors, faculty, prospectives and friends

Friday, April 11, 4:00 pm, The New York Room
Iranian Feminism 1848 and Stories of Qurratu'l Ayn
Farzaneh Milani "From Badasht to Seneca Falls"
Bahiyyih Nakhjavani Reading the Past to Write the Future: Iranian Facts and Fictions

Thursday, May 1, 4:30 pm, 203 Kendade
Gender and Justice: Spanish Politics in the 21st Century
by Professor Lisa Vollendorf, California State University, Long Beach