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Spring 2017 Women and Gender Studies Cultural Events

Women's History Month Luncheon
Cleopatra's Pearl

Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
CLC Ballroom
What do medical fads, diets and pumpkin spice lattes have in common? They are gendered social phenomena that are sometimes ridiculed as silly women’s concerns. This tendency to dismiss whatever is associated with feminine culture has a long and interesting history. Dr. Lynn Mollenauer from UNC Wilmington will present her research on Cleopatra and pearl medicines as part of a larger project on gender and wonder drugs in early modern France. Boxed lunches will be provided. Please be on the lookout for an opportunity to RSVP. This event is made possible by funding from the Office of Student Affairs. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

CWGS Spring Speaker
Deep Dive Into The River Within

Thursday, April 6, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Dr. Deborah Cohan from USC Beaufort returns for a two-part seminar on self-care techniques described by Abby Seixas in Finding the Deep River Within: A Woman’s Guide to Recovering Balance and Meaning in Everyday Life. These events are made possible by funding from the Office of Student Affairs. All Faculty, Staff and Students are welcome to attend. Due to the intensive nature of the workshops, participants are asked to be present for the whole two hours each time rather than dropping in for parts of them.

  • April 6, 3:00-5:00
    Dr. Cohan will present an overview and refresher of the Deep River Within concepts and explore ways for reducing stress during the end of semester strain.
  • April 7, 1:30-4:00
    Dr. Cohan will help us dive further into the Deep River Within, by providing more tips on guided meditation, self-care and relaxation. Healthy snacks will be provided at 1:30 p.m. with session to follow.

Triota Spring Film Series
Iota, Iota, Iota, or Triota, is the Women’s and Gender Studies honor society. Student leaders will host a three-part film series that will coincide with Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Drinks and food will be provided and all films will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Tukey Theater, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.                  
    A profile of Anita Hill, the African-American lawyer who challenged Clarence Thomas’s nomination to the US Supreme Court in 1991 and exposed the problem of sexual harassment to the world. This film is co-sponsored by the African American Studies program.
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    The Punk Singer
    Tukey Theater, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    A look at the life of activist, musician and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band, Bikini Kill and pioneered the “riot girl” movement of the 1990s. Women’s history never looked so cool.
  • Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    It Happened Here
    Tukey Theater, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    A compelling documentary that explores sexual assault on campuses through the personal testimonials of five survivors who transform their experiences into a springboard for change. Women’s Rights & Empowerment Network (WREN) will partner with Triota for the Q&A session after the film.

Who needs Feminism? View photos on Flickr!
In the spring of 2012, frustrated by anti-feminism on campus, sixteen Duke students asked Who Needs Feminism? To their surprise, the world answered them. In this lecture, In 2013, USC Upstate participated in this viral visual campaign to tell why we need feminism, too!
Feminism in Hardcover Book Club Selection
The most recent Feminism in Hardcover book club selection was On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, by Sara Ahmed.

Bodies of Knowledge Symposium
The Symposium renewed and reinforced campus commitment to the principle of respecting sexual diversity, and to the acknowledgement of sexual orientation as a protected category of identity in Upstate’s longstanding Diversity Initiative. The symposium served to maintain and further fuel the energy of the students, faculty and staff who were galvanized to improve the campus climate for LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff.

Nourishing New Research
This program provides opportunities for faculty to share in-progress academic work for feedback and support as part of an effort to enrich the intellectual environment at USC Upstate and to foster cross-disciplinary collegiality around a shared interest in Women's and Gender Studies.

Words of Fire Symposium
Featuring Dr. Tricia Rose in February 2009, this event is an especially memorable example of CWGS celebrations of Black History Month. Other outstanding speakers have included Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown on celebrating black girlhoods, Dr. Dianne Johnson on her book Hair Dance(an award-winning children’s book on attitudes toward black hair) and Dr. Layli Phillips Maparyan on luminosity and “the womanist idea." 

Photo Galleries
View various FlickR galleries of past events held by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. 

Dates of Interest

Our Director

Lisa Johnson, Ph.D.
Office: CASB 124
Phone: 864-503-5724
Email: mjohnson@uscupstate.edu 

Contact Us

USC Upstate
Center for Women's and Gender Studies
CASB 120
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5926
Fax: 864-503-5351