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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Welcome to a New GWS Faculty Member: Kathleen Grimes!

Gender and Women’s Studies would like to give a warm welcome to new faculty member Kathleen Grimes! Katie received her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Notre Dame and her PhD. From Boston College this past May. Her doctorate is in Theological Ethics. Katie’s academic interests include liberation theologies, calling attention to the pervasive presence of white supremacy in the Catholic church, critically retrieving natural law theory, and sexual ethics. She places Catholic feminist ethics in conversation with Catholic tradition in order to address the challenges of the contemporary Church. Her article Butler Interprets Aquinas: How to Speak Thomistically About Sex has been published in the Journal of Religious Ethics. It can be viewed here. She is also a contributor for the Women in Theology blog, which can be viewed at here the WIT website.

Katie was attracted to Villanova University due to its commitment to the Catholic tradition, while also remaining open to other perspectives. She is teaching Faith, Reason, and Culture this semester.

Emma Watson's Address to the United Nations

Emma Watson, U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador, addressed the United Nations in New York City on Saturday, September 20, 2014. She addressed feminism and the HeForShe campaign that aims to get men to pledge a commitment to end gender inequality. Learn more about this initiative here.

Watson spoke about her work to help end gender inequality and what being a feminist means to her. Watch the full video below!

In My Body: Conference at Cabrini College

Cabrini College will host a two-day National Undergraduate Conference focusing on Body Image featuring keynote speakers, a performance from In My Body: The Musical, concurrent sessions, and workshops. Participants are invited to consider questions about what and who defines body image, as well as the significance of body image theoretically and historically.

The conference will be held Wednesday-Thursday, October 22 and 23, from 8:30 AM-9:00 PM (with a break each day between 4:30-6:30 PM).
Our very own GWS minor Sarah Milligan will be presenting “Selfies as a Form of Attention Seeking Self-Objectification” on a panel discussion entitled Language, Images, and the Media. This panel will take place on Thursday, October 23 from 11:05 AM-12:20 PM.
The keynote speaker Kate Bornstein is a transgender author, playwright, performance artist, gender theorist, and activist. She will present on Wednesday, October 22 from 7:00-8:00 PM.

There are many great panels, workshops, and discussions available. See a schedule for the conference here. If you are a Villanova student and are interested in attending, please contact the Gender and Women's Studies program at gws@villanova.edu.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's On Us: White House Initiative Against Sexual Assault

The White House has introduced the next phase in addressing sexual assault on college campuses with the “It’s on Us” campaign. Its aim is to emphasis that all people, including men, have an obligation to end sexual assault. The program will include several PSAs, partner organizations, and a pledge to stop and prevent sexual assault taken by several hundred campus student bodies. Read more about the initiative here.

The campaign organized a group of celebrities to spread the word about the initiative. Check out the video!  

A Woman’s Words: Slam Poetry Performance by Gayle Danley

Gayle Danley is a slam poetry artist. She has touched thousands with her Slam Poetry workshops, lectures, performances and speeches. Gayle has published three books: “Naked”, “Soulfull—A Slam Poetry Study Guide”, and “Passionate—Poems You Can Feel”. Her keynote and lecture series fuses her poetry with the ability to touch her audience through real life experiences, leaving a lasting emotional message. 

Gender and Women's Studies presents Gayle Danley's performance of A Woman's Words. This event will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 PM in the Driscoll Auditorium.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GWS Faculty Member Honored

Katina Sawyer, assistant professor of psychology, has been honored by Women's Way, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia that has advocated for women and girls for 40 years. 

Women's Way named Professor Sawyer a recipient of a Powerful Voice Award for 2014. Professor Sawyer was celebrated as a "champion for diversity, inclusion, and work-life balance." Her winning combination of scholarship and activism embodies the ethic of GWS, which embraces both intellectual inquiry and concrete action toward social change. Professor Sawyer publishes scholarship on diversity in the workplace, works as a faculty advisor for NovaSVA, and volunteers for Women's Resource Center (women's community resource center), Dawn's Place (home for victims of human trafficking), and the William Way Center (LGBT community resource center). 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GWS Academic Director Interviewed on NPR and another Nellie Bly Event!

The Gender and Women's Studies program's very own Academic Director, Dr. Jean Lutes, was interviewed on NPR today, Wednesday, September 10th! She discussed the life and legacy of Nellie Bly, which is the topic of the book edited by Dr. Lutes,  Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings. Listen to the interview here.

There is also a Fringe Festival show about Nellie Bly playing this week. Nellie/Nellie is a music-driven dance theater exploration of Bly's Ten Days in a Mad-House. It's a highly physical show with live music, with everything from big dance numbers to small, heartbreaking moments. The creators hope to portray Bly as a complicated woman of her time with multi-faceted drives and reactions. The show runs Sept. 11, 12, and 13 at 8 pm at the Broad Street Ministry (in their big historic sanctuary in Center City). Tickets are free and you can reserve them here to reserve a seat. Here's a website with more information about the show: nelliefringe.tumblr.com