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

Spring 2010

University Closed

May 31, 2010 (All day)

Memorial Day

Paper Prize submission deadline

May 24, 2010 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

Women's Studies Program

WS Graduation Reception

April 30, 2010 - 12:00pm

Women's Studies

A reception for our graduating certificate students and their families with Women's Studies.

WS Steering Committee meeting CANCELED

April 23, 2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Please contact Women's Studies with agenda items.  Committee meetings are open to all. 

Karen Lillis reading from her novel, The Second Elizabeth

April 22, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Women's Studies Program

Lillis is the author of the feminist novels, i, scorpion: foul belly-crawler of the desert (Words Like Kudzu Press, 2000) & Magenta’s Adventures Underground (WLK, 2004).  She is Program Assistant for the Cultural Studies Program, and a 2009 MLIS graduate of the School of Information Sciences.

“Karen Lillis writes with a cadence and a rhythm that are hypnotic….The Second Elizabeth celebrates what my theologian father called ‘the mystery in the ordinary.’ ”

Eckhard Gerdes, Journal of Experimental Fiction


"...A novel of simplicity as well as survival, and the often untouched-upon intimacy of these two concepts....With The Second Elizabeth, the coming-of-age novel grows up."

Kimberly Ann Southwick, Gigantic Sequins Magazine


Light reception to follow.

PACWC Women's Networking Happy Hour

April 21, 2010 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Provost's Advisory Committee on Women's Concerns

Faculty, staff and poc-docs (of all genders) are welcome!

"Thirty Years Later: A Mother's Perspective on International Adoption"

April 14, 2010 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Cheri Register

Families with Children from China, Consortium for Adoption Studies, Arts & Sciences, Composition Program (U. Pitt)

Cheri Register is the author of "Beyond Good Intentions: A Mother Reflects on Raising Internationally Adopted Children."

"Superstars and Misfits: The Gender Culture of Contemporary Evangelicalism"

April 13, 2010 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Kelsey Burke and Amy McDowell (PhD students, Sociology and Women's Studies)

Women's Studies

In this presentation, Kelsy Burke and Amy McDowell will examine two forms of mediated contemporary Protestant evangelicalism in the United States: a Christian punk network, called Misfits United, and a women’s group studying Beth Moore’s bible study, It’s Tough Being a Woman.

They have found that while these cases’ conceptualizations of spirituality provide discursive space to discuss gender in nontraditional ways, they ultimately reinforce gender hierarchies and heterosexuality by grounding their notions of gender on biology, rather than the divine.

Free and open to the public.  Graduate students are encouraged to attend.  Pizza will be provided!

Event flier

"Gender, Revolution, and the Politics of Memory: The Case of Grenada"

April 7, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shalini Puri (Associate Professor of English)

Women's Studies

Using photographs and literary texts, Puri will address the gains women made during the Grenada Revolution, the limits within which those gains operated, splits within the women's movement, ongoing struggles over how the politics of gender in that period are to be remembered, and the impact of the Grenada Revolution on the Caribbean regional women's movement.

Event flier

A Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker John de Graaf on his film, "What's the Economy For, Anyway?"

April 5, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
John de Graaf

School of Social Work & Women's Studies Program


A Tragic Comedy in 13 Acts --a film by John de Graaf and Dave Batker

Running time: 39 minutes

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