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

Spring 2010

"National Intelligibility in Israel/Palestine"

February 24, 2010 - 12:00pm
Colleen Jankovic (PhD student in English, Film & Women's Studies)

Women's Studies

This presentation shares some of my research (supported by a Women’s Studies Research Fund grant in May 2009) into Israeli/Palestinian film and visual culture.

Through film and textual examples, I explore the concept of national intelligibility as a framework for inquiry into how certain images or subjects can symbolically represent the nation, and how others mark a radical alterity.  As a historically contingent and complex process, I suggest that national intelligibility can no longer be understood simply in binary terms—such as West/East, self/other, hetero-/homo-, included/excluded and so on—and thus offers ways to understand apparent contradictions such as Brand Israel’s promotion of Israel as a gay mecca and a Palestinian national cinem

"Off and Running" by Nicole Opper with panel discussion

February 18, 2010 - 7:30pm
Panel Chair: Ali Patterson (MFA student, English)/Speakers: Lucy Fischer (Distinguished Professor of Film & English) and Libby Hultberg (MFA candidate in Writing)

Pittsburgh Consortium on Adoption Studies, Arts & Sciences, Women's Studies, Film Studies, & English

Award-winning film about an African-American teenager adopted by two Jewish moms.

Meet Avery, track star, African American teenager, and adopted daughter of two Jewish lesbian moms.

This independent documentary by Nicole Opper was one of the top ten audience favorites at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and won the Writers' Guild of America Documentary Screenplay Award and the Jury Award for the Best Documentary at both Outfest and Philadelphia QFest.


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"Does the Judge's Gender Make a Difference?"

February 17, 2010 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Pat K. Chew (Professor of Law)

Women's Studies

There has been a surge of empirical research on judges, including judges’ gender.  To the extent that there is a difference between the way female judges and male judges resolve legal cases, the frequent hypothesis is that those differences would most likely appear in employment discrimination, particularly sex discrimination, cases.  This presentation explores this hypothesis, including the presenter’s own empirical research. 

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This event counts for Outside the Classroom Curriculum credit.

POSTPONED - "Voices without Votes: Women and Politics in Antebellum New England"

February 10, 2010 - 12:00pm
Ronald Zboray (Professor of Communication) & Mary Sarcino Zboray (Visiting Scholar in Communication)

Women's Studies

POSTPONED - “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.

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February 10, 2010 (All day)

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February 9, 2010 (All day)

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February 8, 2010 (All day)

WS Steering Committee Meeting

February 5, 2010 - 10:00am - 11:30am

This meeting is open to all.

"'Some of Our Best Men are Women': Advertising, Feminism, and the All-Volunteer Army"

February 3, 2010 - 12:00pm
Jessica Ghilani (PhD student, Communication & Women's Studies, American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellow)

Women's Studies

In the aftermath of the Vietnam war and amid various social movements including second wave feminism, the United States Military transitioned to an all-volunteer force. In 1973, the all-volunteer concept was controversial and many feared it would fail. But neoliberal economists, recruitment and retention researchers, and executives from advertising and public relations determined that demand could be created without a draft, by emphasizing the individual economic incentives of enlistment. To do so, recruitment marketers sought more aggressively than ever before a matrix of historically underprivileged groups. Specifically, audiences of racial and ethnic minorities and women became central to the task of selling soldiering.

This lecture examines primary source materials of advertisements and internal correspondence from the army's then-advertising agency, NW Ayer and Son. By the late 1970s, the rhetoric of feminism and equal pay for equal work figured prominently in recruitment campaigns, as a larger volume of advertisements featured female soldiers in the ad pages of magazines like Look, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Ebony, The American Journal of Nursing, RN, TEEN, Co-Ed, and more.

WS Film Series: Transamerica

January 28, 2010 - 8:30pm
Mark Anderson (English & Film Studies), Discussant

Women's Studies Program

 In Transamerica, directed by Duncan Tucker, Bree (Felicity Huffman), a born-again Christian and a pre-operative, male-to-female transsexual, flies to New York after she discovers she has a son from an unlikely encounter. Greeting the boy in the guise of a Christian missionary, Bree attempts to deliver him to his stepfather while on their way back to Los Angeles. - IFC Entertainment


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