Come out to support Theatre Fairfield and enjoy a wonderful play. December 4-7 & December 7-8
“Sara and Callie are walking through New York City’s West Village very late at night, when they share their first kiss. This leads to a vicious attack by an angry bystander, in which Sara is horribly injured. She falls into a coma, which becomes one of the major subjects of the play. George, Callie’s good friend, tries to help with the situation, but there is little he can do. Peter, Sara’s ex-boyfriend from St. Louis, comes to help nurse her back to health. Throughout Stop Kiss, relationships are explored, formed, and even ended. Diana Son elaborates on the depths of human emotion and compassion in this play.”
Mark your calendars for this important lecture on women and the Catholic Church
The 20th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion, & Society
Tuesday, November 19 8:00 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M. will deliver the lecture entitled, “Buying the Field: Women Religious in a Renewing Church.” According to Schneiders, the lecture “will address an issue which has been at the center of the renewal of women’s Religious Life since the Council, has received enthusiastic endorsement from a large segment of the laity while raising serious concerns among or even scandalizing some others, and has been the object of Vatican suspicion and even public confrontation of U.S. Religious and their leaders. The issue is the “separation from the world” or even “rejection of the world” that had, for centuries, been a virtual definition of Religious Life in contrast to “ordinary” lay life. This lecture will attempt to shed some light on the repercussions for Religious and their life of the “turn to the world” which the Church embraced at the Council and which Religious have made central to their self-understanding and ministerial commitment over the past 50 years.”
We are excited to announce our spring semester courses! With registration right around the corner, be sure to think about including some of our courses in your schedule!
|Course Title||Course Number|
|Family Communication||CO 246 A & B|
|Literature and the Visual Arts||EN 171 A|
|Edith Wharton and Her Circle||EN 235 A|
|Inventing Themselves: African American Women in U.S. History||HI 263 A|
|Gender, War and Peace||IL 151|
|Nursing of Women and the Childbearing Family||NS 314 B & S|
|Politics, Race, Class and Gender||PO 153 A|
|Christian Feminist Theology||RS 236 A|
|Sociology of the Family||SO 142 A & B|
|Race, Gender and Ethnic Relations||SO 162 A & B|
|Women: Work and Sport||SO 169 A|
|WGS Studies Internship||WS 299 A|
|WGS Studies Capstone Seminar||WS 301 A|
|WGS Studies Independent Study||WS 399 A|
Join us this Wednesday, October 30, 7:00PM in BC200 for a truly special movie – Cloudburst
Oscar winners Olympia Dukakis (in a powerhouse career-defining performance from the 80-year-old Dukakis) and Brenda Fricker star as an elderly lesbian couple whose clueless granddaughter wants to send Fricker’s character into a nursing home. In between the laughter is an amazing 31-year love story that has survived through unbelievable odds. This is a must-see, tell your friends and family kind of movie. You’ll be glad you saw it first with us!
Gender-Neutral Housing Sparks Campus Debates: Boston University offers new housing options for students, but a similar plan stalls in North Carolina
OCTOBER 16, 2013
This August, Boston University announced that it would begin offering gender-neutral housing options for students. Under the new policy, upper-class students in select BU housing can now select their roommates regardless of gender. The decision made BU the latest of nearly 100 American schools that have diversified their housing options in response to students who demand recognition of LGBTQ individuals’ safety concerns.
The push for gender-neutral housing at Boston University began last November. “In my short time at BU, I have met so many people who have been uncomfortable with their housing situations,” says Nai Collymore-Henry, vice president of the student group Gender Neutral BU. “I’ve met people who’ve been ostracized by peers and made to feel worthless because of their gender identities. That’s not OK.” In December, over 50 students participated in a sit-in at President Robert A. Brown’s office after students were told offering gender-neutral housing was not a priority. Students also showed broad-based support through a Tumblr photo campaign started by Gender Neutral BU.
Other schools have successfully offered gender-neutral housing for years. Columbia University introduced what it calls Open Housing in 2011. “It grew out of a concern for individuals who may have felt uncomfortable under the then-current housing requirement to select a same-sex roommate,” says Alycen Ashburn, a student affairs spokesperson at the university. In spring 2012, Columbia extended the Open Housing option to all upperclass students, following the recommendations of a task force including staff and students.
But at many schools, gender-neutral housing remains a controversial issue. This semester, UNC-Chapel Hill has seen a heated debate following its Board of Governors’ decision to cancel a gender-neutral housing option that had already been approved. “[Gender-neutral housing] had support from UNC,” says Hayley Fowler, a student and reporter for the Daily Tar Heel. “Student government backed [the plan], and the Board of Trustees approved the decision. The student activists I spoke with were upset with the Board of Governors for overturning a decision that they felt was so clearly wanted and accepted here on campus.”
Rick Bradley, UNC-Chapel Hill’s associate director of housing and residential education, says he hopes that continued discussion will shift the Board of Governors’ views. “I suspect that if you talk to Board of Governors members, their reason for denying this is probably not accurate to the reasons the students are looking forward to it,” Bradley says. He notes that contrary to what some opponents have suggested, taxpayer dollars would not be involved in a move to gender-neutral housing, and no one would be forced to participate in the opt-in program.
At schools like UNC-Chapel Hill and Boston University, what was once a conversation within the LGBTQ community has broadened to the entire student body. And the fight isn’t over. “Our mission is to provide resources to BU students about gender,” says Collymore-Henry. “We also intend to push for more gender-neutral facilities on BU’s campus.”
Come out for a great event tonight!
Tonight, Chris Stedman, author of “Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious,” will deliver the LGBTQ History Month’s keynote speech.
Stedman is assistant Humanist chaplain at Harvard University and emeritus managing director of state of formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. He founded the blog NonProphet Status and is a frequent contributor to Salon, CNN, MSNBC, The Advocate, USA Today, and The Washington Post. The Huffington Post named his work as one of the Top 11 Religion Stories of 2011 and dubbed him one of the top interfaith activists on Twitter.
His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center Presentation Room.
Come out for a fascinating lecture about LGBTQ History, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 13 at 7 p.m. – Lucaks Gallery, Loyola Hall
Film, Television and Media Arts affiliate faculty member Professor Wes Davis will be conducting a visual tour of LGBTQ film history through his extensive personal collection of film memorabilia. Professor Davis will use Vito Russo’s seminal work, The Celluloid Closet, to frame a discussion on LGBTQ characters in film throughout history using his film posters, lobby cards, and other memorabilia.
As part of LGBTQ History Month, Fairfield University will offer its first ever peer-led, peer-focused Safe Space Training. Students will learn about the experiences of LGBTQ individuals, develop cultural competencies relative to the LGBTQ community, and learn effective tools to serve as allies to the community. This is an excellent leadership opportunity for all students – it also counts for FYE credit!
WGSS is proud to once again co-sponsor LGBTQ History Month here at Fairfield University! In honor of National Coming Out Day on October 10, Fairfield University will be celebrating LGBTQ History Month this October with a wide-reaching and engaging series of events that focus on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. In a long-standing partnership between Academic and Student Affairs, the programs intend to bring together all members of our community to reflect on the history, culture, and future of the LGBTQ community.
Please check out the attached document for a full list of events. Poster 2013
Where Science is Cool: Fairfield University BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education) Camp Program
Twenty-three high school girls dove into research this summer at a unique camp exploring an array of issues, from how oceans move to leukemia cell growth to troublesome marine ‘invasions’ in the Long Island Sound.
It all took place at Fairfield University’s BASE Camp, a two-week, residential camp designed to engage young women in hands-on, research-based experiences in the natural sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Now in its sixth year, BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education) Camp is a program free to students from Bridgeport, Connecticut, schools.
Amanda Harper-Leatherman, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and camp director, said the overall goal is to excite and inform female students about the promise of science. “The program specifically targets young women, based on the overall disproportional under representation of women in science, math, and engineering careers in general,” Dr. Harper-Leatherman continued. “It’s part of an effort to increase interest in the pursuit of STEM and health careers after college.”
The camp also speaks to Fairfield University’s growing institutional commitment to promoting women in science. Serving as female scientist role models were faculty and undergraduates from Fairfield’s College of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering.
Shelley A. Phelan, Ph.D., professor of biology and the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerney Chair of Health Sciences at Fairfield, started the program “because students from underfunded, inner city schools are at a major disadvantage in pursuing careers in science, given their often-limited science resources in high school, and the level of experience and aptitude typically required of science majors in the very first year of college. By the end of the first college years, many interested students leave the major – not because they can’t do it, but because they were behind right from the start.”
The camp, including meals and lodging, comes at no cost to students, thanks to a grant Dr. Phelan received from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparity Populations, part of the National Institutes of Health.
This year was the first that engineering was taught.
“Some campers had never heard of engineering,” said Shanon Reckinger, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering. As the Clare Boothe Luce Professor at Fairfield, Dr. Reckinger researches ocean modeling, one way to understand why climate is changing. Three of the students were studying her work this summer. Undergraduates Katherine Pitz and Blanca Aca assisted.
“Do you guys want to talk about gravity waves, and the sun and the moon at all?” inquired Pitz, a mechanical engineering major.
The answer was a unanimous yes.
For Bianca Colon-Hernandez, learning about engineering seemed a logical move because she’s curious about architectural design. And then there’s the fun part of meeting other kids with the same interests. “I don’t talk about science much at my high school with other girls,” noted the soon-to-be junior at Bullard-Havens Technical High School. “But here I’ve been talking about it with everyone.”
For Veona Lanham, 15, getting to know Dr. Reckinger and the BASE Camp experience has made her realize that she would like to major in mechanical engineering. “I want to come here,” said the Bullard-Havens student.
Several said that living in a campus residence hall made them look forward to going away to college. “I’m kind of getting the green light to go to college,” said Shante Miller, a soon-to-be senior at Bassick High School who hopes to become a medical examiner.
Dr. Reckinger observed, “They really like explaining what they’ve learned to other campers.”
This was music to Dr. Harper-Leatherman’s ears. “Engineering definitely does have fewer female than male undergraduate students nationwide, so it is important to encourage high school girls into this field,” she explained.
To Dr. Phelan, a molecular cell biologist who has been awarded grants to study peroxiredoxins in breast cancer, BASE Camp is an essential annual event. Her hope is that it will inspire other young women “to pursue science and health career paths that will address public health issues.”
“We have seen so many bright young women motivated by the program, and many already declared science majors in universities – including our own,” she said. “We hope we can continue to inspire young women from our neighboring Bridgeport community for years to come.”
“Women as Celebrants and Interpreters of Catholic Liturgy: From Sacrosanctum Concilium to Cyberspace.”
On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m., prominent theologian Teresa Berger will deliver Fairfield University’s 13th annual Anne Drummey O’Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church – a free and public event held in memory of a Norwalk, Connecticut woman who was a lay minister in area Catholic parishes.
Dr. Berger, professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale Divinity School, will give a talk entitled – “Women as Celebrants and Interpreters of Catholic Liturgy: From Sacrosanctum Concilium to Cyberspace.” Taking place at the Quick Center for the Arts, the event is co-sponsored by the O’Callaghan Family, Fairfield University’s Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Catholic Studies.
“This presentation will map the many ways in which both women’s lives and Catholic liturgy have changed significantly over the last fifty years,” said Dr. Berger, whose most recent book is “Gender Differences and the Making of Liturgical History” (Ashgate: Liturgy, Worship and Society, 2011). “It will highlight vibrant gains in these changes as well as some quite remarkable losses. Throughout, we will attend to the immense diversity of women’s voices as they have emerged and made themselves heard with regard to Catholic liturgy.”
Calling all students! The Ella T. Grasso Leadership in Action grant funds young women enrolled full-time in CT colleges & universities who make a difference in their communities. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply – the application is due October 1, 2013. Please read below for more information directly from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame website. For more information, please visit http://www.cwhf.org/educational-resources/ella-grasso-leadership-grant .
Ella T. Grasso Leadership in Action Grant Program
In 2011, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame launched the Ella T. Grasso Leadership in Action Grant Program, designed to honor the late Governor Ella Tambussi Grasso and her lifetime of public service and civic engagement. Believing that there is no better way to learn leadership skills than by developing and implementing a project plan and also that young people have the potential to find creative new ways to address community issues and problems, we strive to encourage and applaud their ingenuity. Our goal is to provide opportunities for college students to have real-world leadership-in-training experiences that foster real social change. Grant recipients will design and implement a community action project from start to finish. A faculty advisor/sponsor’s involvement is required, but it is the student who will develop the specifics of the project, outline goals and objectives for its outcomes, put together a plan for its implementation, create budgets and timelines, follow through with the project’s implementation, and report on successes, failures, and the true impact of the project on the community.
Grant(s) will be awarded each fall to young women enrolled at Connecticut colleges or universities to fund or partially fund community action or public service projects. The project must be completed within one year following the grant award. Deadline for submission of applications: October 1.
Young women entering their junior or senior year at a Connecticut college or university are eligible to apply. Second-year students enrolled at two-year community colleges are also eligible. Students enrolled in a graduate program are also eligible to apply. Applicants intending to carry out a community action project in Connecticut during the grant period are eligible to apply for the grant. Applicants are eligible regardless of their primary area of study.
What kinds of projects are eligible?
Any community action, community service, or community outreach project is eligible for consideration. Possible examples include educational programs in the community or on the campus; programs affiliated with a community service/non-profit organization (e.g. women’s shelter, crisis pregnancy center, etc.); literacy projects; summer projects with elementary/middle/high school age students, etc.; public service projects raising awareness for political issues; field studies (for academic credit or otherwise) focusing on an issue affecting the community. Preference will be given to projects focusing on serving women or raising awareness of women’s issues.
Students can learn about all of the extra and co-curricular opportunities on campus. Over 80 clubs will be represented including those that focus on women, gender and sexuality.
We are wrapping up another great year at the WGSS Program! Tonight’s award ceremony will conclude our events for the academic year. Wow, what a busy year!!! We wish the best of luck to our graduates and we look forward to seeing our returning students in the Fall!
Senior WGS majors Thomas Grund, Marnie Whalen, Eeica D’Aurora, Anna Wolk and Sarah Joseph presenting their final project on “Majority/Minority: The status of women and sexual minorities on campus.” (And then celebrating after with program director Dr. David Gudelunas). Congratulations seniors!
On Thursday, May 2nd at 5PM in BCC 200, WGSS Capstone students will be presenting their capstone research on “Majority/Minority: The status of Women and Sexuality Minorities on Campus.”
We hope to see you there!
After celebrating Women’s History Month in March, it is wise to recognize that women are still on unequal footing in the workplace. Women have only been allowed in the two-year MBA Program at Harvard Business School for 50 years.
A recent conference at Harvard Business School addressed the on-the-ground reality of women leaders 50 years after the first women were admitted to the School’s two-year MBA Program. And the reality is that women leaders are stuck—for example, women make up less than 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs. Check out Forbes for the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/2013/04/17/the-on-the-ground-reality-of-women-leaders/ .
It was standing room only as Dr. Alphonso, Dr. Arendt, Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Orlando talked about their current academic projects at last week’s “In the Works” Panel discussion, part of Women’s History Month here at Fairfield University. Attendees listened to the professors, from a range of disciplines, discuss topics ranging from Edith Wharton to roller derby.
Monday, April 08 7:30PM
Library Multimedia Room
Join Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy as she screens her award-winning documentary “A Question of Habit.” The film, narrated by Susan Sarandon, examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture. It contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. A brief question and answer session will follow the screening. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Refreshments provided.
Professor Alphonso – “Family, Politics and the State”
Professor Arendt – “A Rink of One’s Own: Gender, Sport and the Alter Ego in Contemporary Roller Derby”
Professor Lawrence: “Jarena Lee’s Calling: Biography and Storytelling”
Professor Orlando: “Edith Wharton, Women and the Politics of Representation”
All are welcome! Refreshments will be served. BCC 206
Women’s Day, April 4, BCC Lower Level – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Come discover and celebrate women, past and present, who have found their identity through imagination and innovation! Enjoy table presentations from several Fairfield University clubs, arts and crafts, baked goods, a Bead-for-Life jewelry sale, performances throughout the day, and much more!
At 6:00pm, in BCC 206, be sure to check out “In the Works,” WGS Faculty Talk about their Current Projects. In honor of Women’s History Month, WGS faculty will share their current research pertaining to women, gender and sexuality.
All WGSS Minors are invited to submit a research paper for the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Award. This award is coordinated by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program to recognize outstanding work. Please follow the steps outlined below.
Submit a Research Paper at least 2000 words in length on a topic in any of the following areas: women’s studies, feminist theory, gender studies, queer theory.
Add a cover sheet that should include the following information:
–year of expected graduation
–campus or off-campus telephone number
–campus box number
–the course for which the paper was written, the semester the course was taken, and the name of the professor.
Please prepare the paper as follows:
— Put the title of your paper at the top of the first page
–put the title and page number on all subsequent pages
–type and double-space the paper
–do NOT put your name on any page except the cover sheet.
Submit two (2) copies of your paper (with the cover sheets attached) to Dr. Colleen Arendt’s mailbox, DMH 232.
DEADLINE: 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Contact Dr. David Gudelunas, Director of WGSS, with questions.
In honor of Women’s History Month, WGS faculty will share their current research pertaining to women, gender and sexuality. Refreshments will be provided! Join us on April 4, BCC 206 at 6:00 p.m. The following professors will be sharing on their latest research:
Gwendoline Alphonso: “Family, Politics and the State”
Colleen Arendt: “A Rink of One’s Own: Gender, Sport and the Alter Ego in Contemporary Roller Derby”
Anna Lawrence: “Jarena Lee’s Calling: Biography and Storytelling”
Emily Orlando: “Edith Wharton, Women and the Politics of Representation”
Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.
Five Fairfield University professors who visited Havana in January will give their multidisciplinary impressions of contemporary Cuba in “Havana Today: Between Continuity and Change” on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library multimedia room.
Faculty participating in the talk will be: Joy Gordon, Ph.D., professor of politics; Gisela Gil-Egui, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication; Olivia Harriott, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Ania Aksan, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Giovanni Ruffini, Ph.D., associate professor of history.
Light refreshments will be provided.
The event is part of the University’s two-year focus on Cities. It is sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences; the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program; the Public Lectures & Events Committee; the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and the departments of Philosophy, Communication, Biology, Economics, and History.