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

Fall 2010

"Beyond the IRB: New Frontiers in the Ethics of Qualitative Research"

October 29, 2010 - 9:30am - 4:00pm

Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Sociology

The concerns that prompt this conference are those of vulnerability and risk that qualitative researchers create for those they study as well as issues of responsibility and accountability on the part of scholars. This conference will set an agenda for the qualitative research ethics that are deeper, tougher, and more politically edged, and more sociological than the issues generally handled by institutional review boards.


Presenters will include:

Kathleen Blee (University of Pittsburgh)

Ashley Currier (Texas A&M University)

Bernadette Barton (Morehead State University)

Verta Tailor (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Leila Rupp (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Gloria González-López (University of Texas at Austin)

Rachel Einwohner (Purdue University)

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"Take Back the Night"

October 26, 2010 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm

Campus Women's Organization

Campus Women's Organization will host their annual Take Back the Night event bringing together all genders to raise awareness around the continued prevalence of partner violence, sexual assault and other forms of violence against women and to stand up for the human rights of all.

They will be gathering at 6:30 pm on Tuesday October 26th on the Bigelow Lawn outside the William Pitt Union for a rally at 7 pm, a police-escorted march through Oakland at 7:30 pm and follow-up discussion/workshops and FREE PIZZA at 9 pm in the lounge area of the 6th floor of the WPU.

"A Woman Like That" A documentary film by Ellen Weissbrod

October 21, 2010 - 3:00pm - 6:00pm

History of Art & Architecture, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, and Women's Studies

This documentary film is a tribute from the film-maker to the seventeenth-century Italian painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, made while an exhibition devoted to her work and that of her father Orazio, was taking place in New York and St. Louis in 2002. It is also an autobiographical statement by Weissbrod, who after making many documentaries about male artists for other directors, wanted to make a film about a subject of her own choice.

Fascinated by Artemisia’s struggles to survive as a painter at a time when few women had any professional careers, and denied permission to film in the museum galleries during the run of the exhibition, Weisbrod interviewed the scholars who brought Artemisia to the attention of the American public, art dealers and collectors who owned her work, faculty and students studying the artist and visitors to both venues of the exhibition.  Then she went to Rome to see where Artemisia lived, and talk to Italian scholars and collectors.  From these interviews, and a few images of herself wi

"The Sociology of Gay Choirs"

October 18, 2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Andres Cladera (Artistic Director, Renaissance City Choirs, Pittsburgh)

Sponsored by Music and Women's Studies

Andres Cladera, 2007 Outstanding Young Conductor of the Association of Choral Directors of America, is the Artistic Director of the Renaissance City Choirs and Artistic Director of The Microscopic Opera Company.

Previous positions include Director of the Upper School Choral Program at the Ellis School and membership in the PROPEL Commission with the City of Pittsburgh and Mayor Luke Ravensthal. Andres has also taught at the Summer Music Program at the Julliard School, and Chatham College. He has prior conducting experience with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Early Music Consort, BASOTI, and the Third Presbyterian Choir.

Poetry reading by Denise Duhamel

October 15, 2010 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

This reading is sponsored by Carlow University’s Division of Humanities, Creative Writing Program, and Women’s Studies Program; the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh; and Chatham University. 

Denise Duhamel was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. She received a B.F.A. degree from Emerson College and a M.F.A. degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of numerous books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently Ka-Ching! (University of Pittsburgh, 2009), Two and Two (2005), and Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel Editions, 2005). Her other books currently in print are Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (University of Pittsburgh, 2001), The Star-Spangled Banner, winner of the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize (1999); Kinky (1997); Girl Soldier (1996); and How the Sky Fell (1996). Duhamel has also collaborated with Maureen Seaton on three volumes: Little Novels (Pearl Editions, 2002), Oyl (2000), and Exquisite Politics (Tia Chucha Press, 1997). A winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, she has been anthologized widely, including four volumes of The Best American Poetry (2000, 1998, 1994, and 1993). Duhamel teaches creative writing and literature at Florida International University and lives in Hollywood, Florida.


In response to Duhamel's collection Smile!, Edward Field says, "More than any other poet I know, Denise Duhamel, for all the witty, polished surface of her poems, communicates the ache of human existence."

For more information, please contact: Sarah Williams-Devereux at sewilliams412@carlow.edu or Jan Beatty at beattyjp@carlow.edu.

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs poetry reading

October 15, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (Assistant Professor of English, St. Olaf College)

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Overseas Korean Adoptees' Communities and Activism

October 15, 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (Assistant Professor of English, St. Olaf College) & Eleana Kim (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of Rochester)

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs - "Toward Truth and Reconciliation: Overseas Korean Adoptee and Unwed Mother Advocacy"

Eleana Kim - "The Dry Eye of Adoption Politics: Testimony, Social Justice, and Representation Among Transnational Korean Adoptees"

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WS Steering Committee Meeting

October 15, 2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, however voting is restricted to Women's Studies Steering Committee members.

"First Person Plural" documentary by Deann Borshay Liem

October 14, 2010 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Responses: Lucy Fischer (Distinguished Professor of Film and English), Jennifer Kwon Dobbs (Assistant Professor or English, St. Olaf College) & Eleana Kim (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of Rochester)

Pittsburgh Consortium for Adoption Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Movements Forum, English, Arts and Sciences, Women's Studies, and Film Studies

A documentary by and about a Korean-American adoptee.

In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and sent from Korea to her new home in California. There the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated, until recurring dreams led her to investigate her own past, and she discovered that her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Borshay Liem embarks on a heartfelt journey in this acclaimed film that first premiered on POV in 2000. First Person Plural is a poignant essay on family, loss and the reconciling of two identities.

Linda Hogan

October 12, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Linda Hogan, poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, activist

Sponsor - Duquesne Univ. English Department

Linda Hogan is the Author of Mean Spirit, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.  She is also considered one of today’s most influential and provocative Native American figures.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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