From the Director's Desk
Christine E. Bose
The level of activity by IROW Associates in the past few years is demonstrating that the institute is well on its way to becoming nationally recognized for its diverse expertise, its work on curriculum transformation, in international studies, and in a host of other fields. This year many projects have come to fruition. For example, many of the papers from our March 1989 International Conference on Women and Development appeared in September 1990 as a special guest-edited issue of the journal Gender & Society. In addition, IROW will copublish with the Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC) and the Women's Task Force of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the volume Integrating Latin American and Caribbean Women into the Curriculum and Research, a publication resulting from our connection and networking with women's studies programs and centers in Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Argentina.
"Transforming Knowledge About Women of Color: Focus on Puerto Rican Women" is a curriculum and research integration project funded by grants from the Ford Foundation and the NYS/UUP Joint Labor Management Committee on Affirmative Action. The project includes a major conference on "Integrating Race, Class, and Gender into the Curriculum and Research," a faculty development seminar for SUNY faculty, and faculty exchanges between the University at Albany and the University of Puerto Rico. In addition, we are developing the WOMENET Database, an interdisciplinary bibliographic source on research and scholarship about Puerto Rican women, and will publish a curriculum guide on Puerto Rican women.
These activities and many more are described in detail in this issue of IROW News, and future issues will update you on the progress of these planned events. Of course, we want to encourage collaboration of affiliated and non-affiliated faculty with IROW in new research projects as well.