Fall 2010 | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2010

Winter Recess

December 19, 2010 - 8:30am - January 4, 2011 - 5:00pm

"the lake has no saint" Book Release Reception & Reading

December 4, 2010 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
by Stacey Waite, Women's Studies Program Teaching Fellow and PhD Candidate in English

Sponsored by Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic, the University of Pittsburgh’s Women’s Studies Program, Pittsburgh City Paper, and WYEP-FM.

Free and open to the public

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"What Becomes of Tristan and Yseut in the Renaissance?"

November 30, 2010 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Jane Taylor (Durham University, UK)

French & Italian, History of Art & Architecture, and Women's Studies

In this talk, Professor Taylor will argue that Jean Maugin's Nouveau Tristan (1554) marks a shift from courtly devotion to ironic flirtation.

Maugin turns the courtly love between Tristan and Iseut into what the seventeenth century called “galanterie”: that is, an ironic and literary aesthetic that emphasizes skill with words rather than true devotion.


Thanksgiving Recess

November 24, 2010 - 8:30am - November 28, 2010 - 9:00pm

"Building a Grassroots Movement: NOW in the Women's Movement in Pittsburgh"

November 17, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Patricia Ulbrich (Women's Studies Visiting Scholar) & Suzanne Staggenborg (Professor of Sociology)

Women's Studies Program

How do activists go about building a social movement?  In the late 1960s, feminists across American began local women’s movements from scratch.  The formation of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966 provided the impetus for the women's movement, but it really took shape at the grassroots level and then expanded into a major social movement.

Theories about the processes involved in constructing social movements require detailed studies of how local movements are built up from the grass roots level.

"Voices Without Votes: Women and Politics in Antebellum New England"

November 10, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ronald J. Zboray (Professor of Communication and affiliate faculty in Women's Studies and Cultural Studies) & Mary Saracino Zboray (Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Communication)

Women's Studies Program

Ronald Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray’s coauthored book, Voice Without Votes: Women and Politics in Antebellum New England, was published by the University of New Hampshire Press, in April 2010.  

“I take too much interest in Legislation for a lady,” Persis Sibley, a farmer’s daughter from Maine wrote in 1841.  “I sho’d like to spend all my time at the Capitol if it were consistent.”  Such politicized statements by women living in early nineteenth-century New England were not uncommon.  But since the publication of Barbara Welter’s “The Cult of True Womanhood” (1966) and Nancy Cott’s Bonds of Womanhood (1977) made “separate spheres” the dominant paradigm of early U.S.

Dicussion on the Relationship Between Vegetarianism, Feminism, and Animal Rights Activism

November 9, 2010 - 8:45pm - 10:00pm
Carol J. Adams (author of "The Sexual Politics of Meat")

Campus Women's Organization

Free and open to the public

Outside the Classroom Curriculum

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"Slasher" A Horrifying Comedy by Allison Moore

November 7, 2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Slasher is an inventive, entertaining, and “horrifying” comedic play that inspires ques-tions about gender stereotypes and their “artistic” representation. Following the performance (directed by Holly Thuma), a panel of University of Pittsburgh experts in Women’s Studies, Sociology, English, Film, and Theatre will explore issues of feminism, violence against women, and the sociology of female relationships.

In an interactive format, each panelist will respond to the production from their respective scholarly positions and invite attendees to join the dialogue.



Dr. Frayda Cohen

Interim Chair, Women's Studies

Veronica Fitzpatrick

Graduate Student, English (Film Studies concentration)

Dr. Lisa Jackson-Schebetta

Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts

Dr. Christine Whelan







Undergraduate Information Expo

November 4, 2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Women's Studies

Wondering what you can do with Women’s Studies?

Find out! Attend the Women’s Studies Undergraduate Expo!


  • Meet prospective internship providers
  • Explore the possibilities of graduate school
  • Investigate career possibilities


Refreshments will be served 

"Over Ten Million Served: Gender and Academic Service"

November 3, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Katie J. Hogan, Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies, Carlow University

Women's Studies Program

All tenured and tenure-track faculty know the trinity of promotion and tenure criteria: research, teaching, and service. While teaching and research are relatively well-defined areas of institutional focus and evaluation, service work is rarely tabulated or analyzed as a key aspect of higher education’s political economy.

Instead, service, silent and invisible, coexists with the formal, “official” economy of many institutions, just as women’s unrecognized domestic labor props up the formal, official economies of countries the world over. Katie Hogan will speak about this gendered form of institutional caregiving, drawing on the recent book she coedited with Michelle Massé, Over Ten Million Served (SUNY UP, 2010). 

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