Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies News
Abortion and Reproductive Rights: Academic and Policy Issues Surrounding the Current National Conversation
Faculty experts will discuss academic and policy issues related to abortion and reproductive rights, changes to the current political climate brought on by the recent Texas abortion laws and subsequent court rulings, and offer transnational and comparative perspectives to inform the conversation.
WGSS Alumna Hamidi Receives Feminist Change Agent Award for 2021
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Alumna Yalda Nafiseh Hamidi (MA'2014) is the recent recipient of the Feminist Change Agent Award for 2021, given by the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). The award is given for her innovative work as an assistant professor of gender and women's studies at Minnesota State University at Mankato working with the university's women's center to facilitate an 'Islamic Feminism Book Club.' The WGSS department is proud of her achievements. In addition to earning her MA at the University at Albany, she also received her PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University, SUNY.
Abortion and Democracy Book Launch Event, October 18
WGSS core faculty Barbara Sutton and her co-editor and visiting scholar Nayla Luz Vacarezza will give a presentation and book signing for their timely edited collection Abortion and Democracy: Contentious Body Politics in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay (Routledge, 2021). The event takes place Monday, October 18, 12pm in LC 19 (Uptown Campus).
Women’s March in Albany
The Planned Parenthood rally, organized by WGSS alumna Brittni Gulotty, Public Affairs and Volunteer Coordinator of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, joined nationwide protests championing reproductive rights, with a huge turnout on Saturday, October 2, at the West Capitol Park in Albany, including WGSS faculty, students, and alumni.
‘State of Grace’ Returns to Campus to Celebrate Women in Tech
The three-day conference, which is organized by CEHC Vice Dean Jennifer Goodall, celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.
WGSS Professor, Chair Janell Hobson a featured writer at 4th Annual Albany Book Festival, Sept. 25
The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor and Chair Janell Hobson will be a featured writer at the 4th Annual Albany Book Festival, on Saturday, September 25 at the University at Albany. She will be discussing her forthcoming book When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination.
Institute for History and Public Engagement selects Janell Hobson as its Community Fellow for 2021-22
UAlbany's Institute for History and Public Engagement has selected Janell Hobson, professor and chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, as its Community Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year. Hobson's project for the fellowship, the fifth to be awarded by the Institute, is titled “The Harriet Tubman Bicentennial Series with Ms. Magazine.”
LGBTQ Rights in Southeast Asia Slow to Improve
Professor Meredith Weiss's article in the Melbourne Asia Review finds that despite some improvement, members of the LGBTQ community across Southeast Asia continue to suffer from harsh laws and punishments.