Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Alumnae Panel
Tonight we kick off Women’s History Month with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Alumnae Career Panel Discussion!
Hear about life after Fairfield as some of our recent graduates share their experiences in the working world. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Orlando. Refreshments will be provided.
The holy city of Vrindavan India, also known as the “City of Widows” harbors nearly 20,000 widows who are abandoned on the streets and flock there in the hopes of finding “Moksha” – Salvation. In Indian society, widows are stigmatized and maligned. Learn about a little known yet urgent subject and help bring social justice for women and societies worldwide!
For more information on the film, visit http://asiasociety.org/policy/social-issues/human-rights/mohini-giri-indias-voice-voiceless
Brought to us by the Montage Initiative; Center for Faith and Public Life; International Studies; Peace and Justice Studies; Sociology and Anthropology; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Model United Nations Club
Be sure to check out some of the Communication Thesis Presentations if you are on campus Monday night.
Especially the following 2 that relate to WGSS subject matter:
“Beauty and the media beast: A cross- generational comparison of women and beauty”
“Whips Chains and Change: A Third Sexual Revolution”
Communication Thesis Presentations, Monday, March 04 6:30 – 8:45
Library Media Room, Lower Level
Camille Protano will be presenting her Project research titled:
“Stories in the workplace: An exploration of manager perceptions”
Dr. Pagano, Director, Dr. Gudelunas, Second Reader
Diane Casaretti will be presenting her Thesis research titled:
“Beauty and the media beast: A cross- generational comparison of women and beauty”
Dr. Gudelunas, Director and Dr. Pagano, Second Reader
Lori Naber Allyson will be presenting her Thesis research titled:
“Whips Chains and Change: A Third Sexual Revolution”
Dr. Gudelunas, Director and Dr. Serazio, Second Reader
Valerie Montinat Chernetskyy will be presenting her Thesis research titled:
“Consumer motivations for contributing online reviews of products and services”
Dr. Gil-Egui, Director and Dr. Serazio, Second Reader
LIVING THINKERS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE IVORY TOWER is a documentary by Roxana Walker-Canton. In it, Black women professors share a collective story about the impact of race, class and gender on their lives as black girls seeking education and their present status in American colleges and universities.
Friday, February 15, 2013 6pm
Funding made possible by Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences, the National Council for Black Studies, Cutting Edge Gender Research Grant, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Today, on the planet, a billion women – one of every three women on the planet – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated.
V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence.
On February 14th, 2013, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, we are inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, DANCE, RISE UP, AND DEMAND an end to this violence. One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, “Enough! The violence ends now.”
Start your own rising or join one locally:
Domestic Violence Crisis Center Norwalk
One Billion Rising, February 14 12:30pm-1:00pm at the Green in Norwalk
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring civil rights activist, Diane Nash. Convocation will take place this Thursday, January 31 at 3 p.m. in the Quick Center for the Arts – Kelley Theatre. This event is FREE to the University community. This year’s event will be moderated by Dr. Yohuru Williams, Associate Professor of African American History, and will feature and interactive discussion with students and Diane Nash.
Nash’s involvement in the non-violent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, TN, the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters. In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, AL to Jackson, MS, a story documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders.
The six Core Pathways represent different ways in which you can give shape and trajectory to your experiences at Fairfield, both in and out of the classroom. Through reflecting on the Pathways in a way that incorporates your own interests, passions and academic goals, you will be working to discover your way and deepen your experience through your four years at Fairfield University.
In your E-portfolio entry, present through words, pictures, videos, assignments or projects — or other artifacts and mementos from your year thus far — how the variety of experiences you’ve had both in and out of the classroom have helped you to understand that one of the six Pathways may represent a fruitful, rewarding thematic guide for appreciating your progress so far at Fairfield, and for planning your next couple of years here.
The “Global Citizenship” core is about recognizing and respecting the identities and dignities of all people as well as the planet we all live on. This is a perfect fit for WGSS!
Support WGSS and win $500!
Expect a lot of great things coming from Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies this semester! Check back often as we are planning our annual Women’s Month events as well as other events. New courses are also in the works for the next academic year so it is an exciting time to be involved with WGSS!
Here’s an interesting link to get the semester started and to get us thinking about gender: Nepal to issue “third gender” citizenship.
The following statement was issued by Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. in response to December 14th’s tragedy in Newtown:
The entire Fairfield University community shares the enormous grief that is being felt by those affected by the tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown. We have students, faculty, staff and alumni who live in the area and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the entire community impacted by this devastating event. Although we currently don’t have students working at Sandy Hook, we have worked closely with the school in past years, placing graduate students for clinical field experiences there. Members of the Fairfield University staff are assisting the Sandy Hook school community in grief counseling efforts, as well as providing support to any members of the Fairfield University community who may have connections with those involved.
Remembering the Victims of the Newtown Shooting
Vigil Candles will remain burning in the Egan Chapel of Saint Ignatius Loyola through final exams to remember and honor the victims of the Newtown shooting. Two condolence books are also alongside the burning candles in the chapel. Members of the Fairfield community are invited to express their sympathy to the families of the victims. The condolence books will be delivered to the Sandy Hook Elementary School later this week.
Here’s an opportunity to get involved on campus and support causes related to women, gender and sexuality.
On Monday night, a small but passionate group of student leaders assembled in the BCC to form a new network of humanitarian and justice activists on campus.
Known as the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), this organization formed for the purpose of bringing exposure to important causes on campus and providing support for student organizations trying to make a difference.
PSA first organized late last year, and so the network was still in its early stages at the end of the semester. As a result, they are “just now finding out how best to network to strengthen our movements collectively,” according to Arturo Jaras Watts ’14.
Jaras Watts is one of many students involved in the launch of PSA last year. Rachel Lang ’14, Crystal Rodriguez ’14 and Mike Elwell ’13, as well as graduates Marissa Tota ’12 and Alicia Bissonnette ’12, brought PSA to life. Both Jaras Watts and Record were quick to emphasize throughout the meeting that the purpose of PSA was not to create a new organization with them as leaders. Rather, PSA will function as a horizontal network of dedicated leaders who provide support for other organizations on campus with important causes.
“Each of us here represent different clubs that we are committed to,” said Record. “But the purpose of PSA is so that when it gets to a point … where you go and present these ideas and it’s on the line and you need backup, we can come.”
Record clarified that this support was not automatic. “If you need a petition that needs to be signed, we should all read it and not just blindly follow you guys,” Record said, “but I think we can see the benefits that this would accrue for all of us.”
Another important function of PSA is to increase the visibility of important humanitarian and justice events happening on campus. In order to accomplish this goal, PSA discussed options such as compiling a bathroom newsletter that lists these events and provides information about the clubs and organizations sponsoring them.
“We have events like the phenomenal Take Back the Night event that happens every year and we want participation to be as large as possible,” said Jaras Watts. “The newsletter would serve that side of the function of increasing the visibility and reaching a greater portion of Fairfield students.” The group also discussed creating a public space such as a bulletin board in the BCC that would display these events and club information.
In all, ten different groups and organizations were represented at the meeting on Monday, although not all clubs involved in PSA were able to send representatives to the meeting. These groups ranged from the environmental club Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF) to Act Against, a student movement that works to bring important issues to the forefront of campus consciousness.
The organizations and clubs involved in PSA are currently working on assembling their newsletter, which they hope to release during the first weeks of next semester.
Wednesday at 7:30pm Dr. Gudelunas will speak about communication taboos as part of “Talk about communication: Twenty-five years of Communication at Fairfield University”
Join Dr. David Gudelunas, chair of WGSS, on Wednesday night at “Talk about communication: 25 years of communication at Fairfield University” The event will take place at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room at 7:30PM.
Dr. Gudelunas will discuss communication taboos, specifically the intersection of media, culture and sex.
Dr. Sallyanne Ryan will reflect on 25 years of communication at Fairfield.
Dr. Qin Zang will discuss psychological reactance and verbal defensiveness in the workplace: “the effects of perceived threat and interactional justice in supervisor requests.”
Dr. Michael Pagano will discuss a collaborative approach: “getting interpersonal with simulation pedagogy.”
This lecture is funded by a grant from the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences Part 2 in the series in Spring 2013.
Come out and support WGSS!
Wednesday, November 28: Fairfield University professor to discuss women and politics at the bookstore
Jocelyn Boryczka, Ph.D., associate professor of politics at Fairfield University, will discuss her new book, “Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. The talk is free and open to the public.
In her timely work, Dr. Boryczka considers the factors that drive the cycle of backlashes against women’s struggle for equality, freedom and inclusion in American politics. She presents a wide-ranging feminist conceptual history and delves into the ideas of virtue and vice from the Puritans through contemporary debates over sex education and reproductive rights.
“Suspect Citizens” challenges virtue and vice as a moral paradigm consistent with contemporary democratic citizenship and advances a politics of collective responsibility and belonging.
“Using examples from ancient, modern, and contemporary political and feminist theory and practice, Boryczka thoughtfully and critically examines the shifting moral boundaries between virtue and vice in order to understand and expose how gendered notions of morality have constructed women as suspect citizens: unequal, constrained, and excluded from full citizenship within American democracy,” wrote Jennifer Leigh Disney, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of the Women’s Studies Program at Winthrop University. “Her work constitutes essential reading for students of political theory, feminist theory, and anyone interested in advancing a democratic feminist ethics.”
Dr. Boryczka teaches several courses on political theory, feminist thought, race, class and gender. She holds a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings, firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688. For more information on Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, visit www.fairfield.edu/mfa.
Hurricane Sandy may have disrupted our lives but the Election is still tomorrow!! Fairfield University has made it easy for students to vote. A van, leaving from Barone Campus Center Circle will take students to vote every 30minutes from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Make sure to do your part and vote! For more election related events on campus, visit https://www2.fairfield.edu/students411_content/ElectionPoster.pdf
Come meet the faculty of WGSS, have your questions answered and learn about our upcoming courses at the Majors/Minors Fair in BCC Oak Room from 11am to 3pm. We hope to see you there!!
The dinner is open to all students living in the Residential Colleges; Creative Life, Ignation and Service for Justice and will be held at 6PM on Wednesday, October 24 in the Kelley Center Presentation Room. The panel discussion will follow at 7PM. These events count for FYE Credit!
Sponsored by Service for Justice, Creative Life, and Ignatian Residential College, and the Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Commons
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
The Elegant Ladies Club has designated this week as “Breast Cancer Awareness Week” on campus and are hosting 2 events. The first is a fundraiser stationed in BCC where individuals can honor someone they know who has been affected by Breast Cancer. The second is the Breast Cancer Awareness Social with Colleges Against Cancer on Thursday at 7pm. The social will have 2 guest speakers discussing how Breast Cancer has affected their lives. It is an FYE Magis event.
This week, some of America’s biggest and best known corporations, including Walt Disney Co., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and consumer products giant Unilever, will descend on Boston to recruit students from the nation’s top business schools.
The companies will promote industry trends and career opportunities. And they will also highlight policies that make their workplaces friendly, comfortable, and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.
On Thursday, more than 1,000 MBA candidates, corporate executives, and recruiters will gather at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center for the annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference, which aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, business school students with some of the nation’s leading companies. Now in its 14th year, the conference has grown from 150 students networking over boxed lunches at Harvard Business School to a three-day event with high-profile sponsors, a sign that corporate America is more progressive than the public sector when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.
The first major public company to offer health benefits to gay and lesbian couples, in 1991, was Lotus Development Corp., a Cambridge software company — more than a decade before Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Nearly all of the 636 major companies surveyed this year by the Human Rights Campaign — 99 percent — prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation; 80 percent forbid discrimination based on gender identity. Yet there are no federal laws, and only a handful of state laws, that do the same.
“There’s really no question that corporate America is leading the charge in the area of workplace fairness,” said Paul Guequierre, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights organization in Washington. “In 29 states you can be fired from a job for being gay, and in 34 states for being transgender. That sad fact makes corporate nondiscrimination policies vital for LGBT workers.”
Executives say their companies haven’t put these policies in place for altruistic reasons. They are hungry for talent and want to attract the best and the brightest. In addition, labor specialists say, a diverse workforce contributes to a company’s profitability. A variety of experiences and opinions leads to a more well-rounded, creative process, and can appeal to a wider array of consumers.
Like many people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Hannah Yankelevich, who will graduate with an MBA from Dartmouth College next year, said she’ll consider how companies treat LGBT workers when she weighs offers. She’s thinking about returning to General Mills in Minneapolis, where she interned over the summer, because the chief executive announced that the company opposed an amendment recognizing marriage only as the union between a man and a woman.
“I wouldn’t work for a company that didn’t offer a supportive environment for the LGBT community, ” said Yankelevich, 27, one of the organizers of the conference.
State Street Corp. is attending the Reaching Out conference for the first time this year as it seeks to further expand its recruiting into minority and underrepresented communities. The Boston financial services giant attends conferences held by the National Black MBA Association and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting for the same reason.
“Were not going to advance State Street unless we have access to the best talent, and that’s by offering an environment where employees can bring their whole selves to the workplace,” said Mike Scannell, head of talent acquisition and global inclusion. “For us to not be open to individuals regardless of their background is really prohibiting us from getting access to the best resources and talent that are out there.”
Along with policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, State Street has an employee group for LGBT workers and offers domestic partner health insurance, including transgender benefits for prescriptions and laboratory tests. The company is considering covering sex change surgery.
Mike Harrington, vice president and senior counsel at State Street, said he probably wouldn’t have come to State Street from a Boston law firm in 1998 if the company wasn’t welcoming to gay employees. In fact, Harrington told a headhunter that he wouldn’t apply for an opening at one New England company because it didn’t offer health insurance for same-sex partners. But it’s more than the benefits that have kept him at State Street. He feels comfortable plastering his office with pictures of his two sons and partner of 12 years.
“My family is the same as everyone else’s,” he said. “For me, it’s more about being in a place where I talk about Dave in the same way that the woman who sits next to me talks about her husband.”
Antonio Gomez-Lopez, a second-year student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, feels the same way. Gomez-Lopez, who helped organize the Reaching Out conference, said a company’s LGBT policies play a crucial role in deciding where he will work.
“I don’t want to hold a double life,” he said.
Out in the Workplace: an LGBT Alumni Group Panel will happen this Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7PM in BCC 200.
In an interactive panel, Fairfield University alumni will address students about being openly gay in the workplace and offer strategies for career success while embracing diversity.
Fairfield University will be celebrating National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ History Month this October with an aggressive and engaging series of events that focus on the experiences of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community. In a continued partnership between the Academic and Student Affairs divisions, the slate of programming is intended to bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to reflect on the history, culture, and future of the LGBTQ community. The events include an exciting mix of films, speakers, panels, and socials. All events are free and open to the public.
LGBTQ History month events are sponsored by The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, The Humanities Institute, Dolan School of Business, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, Office of Student Diversity Programs, Office of New Student Programs, Office of Residence Life, The Department of Communication, The Women’s Studies Program, Campus Ministry, The English Department, Alliance student group and Fairfield University LGBT Alumni.
Related web site: www.fairfield.edu/student/sd_lgbt.html
Once again, Fairfield University is participating in the nationall LGBTQ History Month with a series of events featuring art, speakers, and films. View the events here on campus at http://www.fairfield.edu/documents/student/sd_lgbt_poster12.pdf
LGBTQ History Month got its start in 1994 when Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher, suggested there should be a month dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history. Gay and Lesbian History Month was endorsed by GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Education Association, and other national organizations. In 2006, Equality Forum assumed responsibility for providing content, promotion and resources for LGBTQ History Month. LGBTQ History Month provides role models, builds community and makes the civil rights statement of our extraordinary national and international contributions.
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Check it out at http://www.lgbthistorymonth.com/
The Sound of Silence and the Resurrection of the Hottentot Venus: Abdellatif Kechiche’s “La Vénus Noire”
Next Wednesday, October 3 at 5:15pm, Dr. Eloise Brière, Professor at SUNY-Albany, Specialist of African & Caribbean Studies will present “The Sound of Silence and the Resurrection of the Hottentot Venus” at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library. This will be a fascinating lecture and of interest to the WGS faculty and students!
“In our postcolonial age, the story of the Hottentot Venus has special relevance for those from former colonies whose peoples were subjected to Europe’s pathologizing gaze. Caught between the pre-Darwinian drive to determine the place of humans on the evolutionary scale and the European public’s insatiable appetite for the exotic and strange, Sara Baartman, a subaltern black woman was brought from South Africa to Europe in 1810 to be displayed in freak shows as well as in genteel drawing-rooms for Europeans to view her disproportionate buttocks and genitalia. Silenced by the voices of her keepers as well as by that of France’s most authoritative scientist, Georges Cuvier, Sara became the site of scientific speculation as the missing link between lower primates and homo sapiens. The Tunisian filmmaker, Abdellatif Kechiche, born four years after his country’s independence from France, could not fail to hear Saartje Bartman’s silence. The presentation will discuss how Kechiche fills in the blanks of history to resurrect Saartje Baartman, whose European odyssey ended in 2002 when the French government allowed her remains to be returned to South Africa.”
With the seriousness and unfortunate frequency of campus rape in the United States, we encourage individuals to check out R.A.D. training available on campus in October.
R.A.D. is the largest women’s self defense training network in the United States and Canada, and is the only self defense program endorsed by the IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators). This is a 16-hour “hands-on” course which meets or exceeds all National Coalition Against Sexual Assault guidelines. Its objective is to “develop and enhance the options of self defense so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”
Dates of instruction are Tuesday and Thursday, October 16 and October 18, and Tuesday and Wednesday, October 23 and October 24, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Barone Campus Center Oak Room. Participants must attend all four sessions. Seats are limited; you can reserve your space by contacting Frank Ficko at email@example.com or Sergeant Rob Didato at firstname.lastname@example.org. This course is being offered at no charge.
For more information on campus rape, check out http://drkathleenyoung.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/national-statistics-about-sexual-violence-on-college-campuses/
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts opens its 2012-2013 signature lecture series, Open VISIONS Forum, with legendary broadcast journalist and co-editor of 60 Minutes Lesley Stahl at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Lesley Stahl was one of the first female television reporters. Ms. Stahl was first hired at CBS News in 1972, the same day that affirmative action was passed. She entered an industry that was male-dominated, but strove to make a name for herself.
The award-wining journalist’s lecture is entitled “Inside 60 Minutes.” Following Lesley Stahl’s presentation, there will be an informal conversation and discussion with Professor Philip Eliasoph, OVF moderator, and Dr. James Simon, a former Associated Press reporter who created the journalism program at Fairfield University. Single tickets are $45.
With humorous and poignant anecdotes, Stahl relives her two decades of covering the White House during the Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush presidencies, and then viewing government as an “outsider” as co-editor of 60 Minutes. She details how news is gathered, and offers her insights on the major news stories she covered, including Watergate, the Iranian hostage crisis, and Iran-Contra. She also warns that now more than ever, the media controls what is news and how the industry is and is not handling that responsibility.
Today we met with Fairfield University juniors, Rachel Lang and Astrid Quinones to talk to them about the Gender, Sex and Sexuality Commons (GSSC).
Last year, Lang, Quinones and others found it necessary to claim a space to create and foster and all-inclusive community for students of various genders, sexes, and sexualities, and thus established the Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Commons (GSSC). In the process of creating this space, they collaborated with the Diversity Office, Women’s Studies Department, and clubs such as Alliance and Sisters Inspiring Sisters to build bridges across student groups with common interests and between students and academic department. Physically, the space acts as a central location for clubs to have meetings, discussions, and to network for events both inside and beyond Fairfield University to combat injustice. The GSSC is located at 70 McCormick, room 123 and is open to students around the clock.
The GSSC will be busy this semester organizing events in connection with LGBTQ Month in October and a film screening and discussion in November about sexual assault in the military. Last spring, the GSSC was active in organizing Women’s History Month through V-Day events, Take Back the Night and a Women’s Day Celebration, along with Fairfield’s own Gender Bender Ball. 2012’s theme for Women’s Day was empowerment, and raised awareness of the various issues we face and the things both men and women can do to empower others. Bringing together more student groups than ever, GSSC had student clubs, initiatives, and programs come to Women’s Day to present their passion in conjunction with the theme of empowerment.
Interested in becoming involved in the planning of this academic year’s events? Come to 70 McCormick, room 123 to share your ideas on Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm. If you can’t make it but have some ideas, please email Rachel.email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaking the Stigmas and Silence:
A Conversation About Sexual Assault
The goal of this lecture and panel discussion is to create heightened awareness about the crime of sexual assault and to provide useful information to college-age women and men.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7 pm
Donna Palomba: Jane Doe No More Founder
Kristen Baumer, Tracy Digiovancarlo, Kate Costabile: Sexual Assault Survivors
Gary MacNamara: Chief of Police, Fairfield P.D.
Kerry Dalling: Detective, Fairfield P.D.
Rachel Lang: Fairfield University Student; Gender, Sex & Sexuality Commons
Julia Duffy: Director of Fairfield University Student Health Center