Paul Grondahl of the Writers Institute interviews UAlbany professor and ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt, whose recent article "The Magic of Black Girls’ Play: Game-songs created and passed down by Black girls are full of sophistication, power and cultural meaning" generated considerable buzz as an Editors Pick in the New York Times.
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Professor and Chair Janell Hobson recently published an article in Ms. Magazine titled, Oshun Energy in Beyoncé’s “Black is King” about Beyonce's new visual album.
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty and students participated in a Black Lives Matter rally in Troy, NY on Sunday, June 7, 2020.
The year 2020 has been a challenging time for all of us, in which we must rely on virtual communication to keep connected. This has not stopped the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from doing what we often do every spring semester, in which we honor the achievements of our WGSS students and the class of 2020. Below is a list of our student award recipients, our WGSS interns and their mentors, and the Teaching Collective for 2019-2020. A special congratulations to the Class of 2020! View the awards and other achievements.
Every year, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies hosts a Showcase for our graduate students’ MA Final Projects, the capstone of their graduate education before earning their degrees. We are especially proud of this year’s cohorts who presented some of the most innovative and thought-provoking projects to come out of the department. Reflecting interdisciplinary topics, transnational subjects, and diverse perspectives on race, gender, and sexuality, our MA students continue to shine as exemplars of inclusive excellence. Visit the Showcase webpage for more details.
Congratulations to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Core Faculty, Barbara Sutton, who received the Gerda Henkel Foundation grant to support her sabbatical project, "Fashion of Fear: Bodies, Inequality, and Security." The Gerda Henkel Foundation is based in Germany.
Undergraduate Women's, Gender and sexuality Studies researchers, through the guidance of Core Faculty, Rajani Bhatia, were featured earlier in the academic year in New York Now for their innovative storytelling project addressing the high maternal mortality rate among black women in New York State.
In a new article published last week in Ms. magazine, Professor Janell Hobson, chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, looks at current and past pandemic and illuminates underreported racial and gender realities of today and of history. One, she writes in “What Black Women’s Histories can Teach Us about Pandemics,” is that women as a demographic have been particularly overburdened by this pandemic, as they have with all others. Two, that there are women today in leadership positions around the globe that have proven to be “more than capable and even exemplars.”
Congratulations to our Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies major, Damilola Adesanya, who was elected President of the University at Albany Student Association.
Beyond Women’s Leadership: Liberian Lessons on Peace, Conflict, and Feminist Organizing A Public Lecture by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee April 15, 2020 - 12 Noon Campus Center Ballroom, Uptown Campus of the University at Albany The event will include a luncheon and is free and open to the public
Okay, Now Let's Get Information: Studying Beyoncé's Public Pedagogy, a lecture by Kevin Allred, author of Ain't I a Diva? Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy. Part if the WGSS Lecture Series: Transformative Spaces for Feminist Learning. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Humanities 354, 12 Noon
The Sexuality Intersectionality Graduate Hangout (SIGH) 2020 conference theme, “Conflict, Consequences, and Beyond: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Systems of Violence and Feminist Resistance” seeks to cultivate a dialogue on the theoretical understanding of violence, historical and contemporary acts of violence, the dissemination of violence in national and transnational spaces, and the politics/poetics of resistance. Therefore, we invite participants from all (inter)disciplinary backgrounds to critically examine the rhetorics of violence, and furthermore, to think beyond such rhetorics—to imagine new and liberatory ways of living.
Spring 2020 Lecture Series on Transformative Spaces for Feminist Learning will take place every other Wednesday at noon, beginning January 29, in Humanities 354. See Full Schedule.
WGSS Chair Janell Hobson and Affiliated Faculty, music professor Kyra Gaunt, are part of a panel discussion following the film screening on January 24. This is the first in a series of commemorative events for the late author (1931-2019) who once taught at the University at Albany. The next event is a special exhibit of Morrison's time at UAlbany, which will launch on her birthday, February 18, in the Science Library.
Awkwafina, or Nora Lum, graduated from UAlbany in 2011 with a degree in women’s studies and journalism. Awkwafina became the first Asian-American woman to win “Best Actress in Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy” at the Golden Globes for her role in “The Farewell.” Read the News 10 story
The College of Arts and Sciences Public Engagement office featured on their site Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Chair Janell Hobson, where she discussed her November 2019 pop-up exhibit on Harriet Tubman and what attracted her to this particular public engagement.
The Harriet Tubman Pop-Up Exhibit at the Albany Barn took place on November 22, 2019. The exhibit was a collaborative public engagement across University at Albany, Albany Law School, and RPI. Students in the course “Race, Rape Culture, and the Law” contribute a detailed timeline exploring Tubman’s life. The event commemorated the 170th anniversary of Tubman’s escape from slavery. View photos from the event.
More than 200 members of the University’s faculty and staff — primarily women — gathered last week for a conference dedicated to strengthening connections, sharing experiences and encouraging the leadership of the University’s women.
Congratulations to Prof. Barbara Sutton, who was selected for a Writing Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy for Summer 2019. Also receiving honors is WGSS major Cheyenne Alexis-Pieters, who received a 2019 Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research for her creative photographic project on Black Women Artists.
SIGH (Sexuality Intersectionality Gender Hangout), the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate student organization at the University at Albany, is hosting a conference titled Feminism is for Every(Body) on Saturday, April 13, from 9am-4pm in Humanities 354 (on the uptown UAlbany campus). The event is an interdisciplinary conference about feminism, empowerment, and bodies. We have both undergraduate and graduate students who will present on panels and in our poster sessions as well as professors. We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com. - Full Conference Program
That’s how Mairead Carr describes last fall’s UAlbany - Albany Law School course “Race, Rape Culture and the Law,” which familiarizes students with the fundamentals of sexual harassment and assault laws and the ways in which they have affected the treatment of race, gender, identity and sexuality in the United States.