The goal of the Women's Studies One Book Program is to encourage people both inside and outside the university to participate in a community discussion about a book related to feminism. It also invites the author to the IPFW campus for a discussion, lecture, and book signing. The program was introduced at IPFW in 2009.
Our first selection, Post-Backlash Feminism: Women and the Media Since Reagan-Bush by Kellie Bean, encourages readers to consider the evolution of feminism during the past two decades and the dangers inherent for women in the development of pre-fixed feminisms, such as "girlie feminism," "lipstick feminism," and "post feminism."
In 2010, we read Susan J. Douglas's, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism's Work Is Done, which argues for a re-examination of images of falsely empowered women in the media.
Linda R. Hirshman's Get to Work...And Get A Life Before It's Too Late, which reexamines the issue of work-life balance for women in the context of the "opt-out" movement and the "chore wars," was our 2011 selection.
Our 2012 selection was Michelle Goldberg's The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, which examines the impact U.S. policies on reproductive rights have on women's lives around the world.
Joan J. Brumberg's must-read examination of how girls and their bodies changed over the course of the twentieth century, The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls is the 2013 selection.
The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Campanion to the History of Western Art was the 2014 One Book selection. It's fiesty, fun, and fiercely feminist reinterpretation of the history of classic and modern art opened this year's discussion of women and art.
November 21, 2015
2016 Spring & Summer Women's Studies Course Brochure
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National Women's Studies Association Conference 2015
Lauren Murfree and Amanda Neumann will be attending the 2015 National Women's Studies Association Conference on November 12-15, 2015. The topic of this year's conference is Precarity, and the students will be presenting as part of an undergraduate panel on the following topic:
Cat Talk: Feminist Strategies for Collegiate Feminist Student Organizations
Spring 2015 Women's Studies Graduates
Women's Studies would like to congratulate Cailynn Smith and Amity Pauley for graduating this past Spring 2015!
Spring 2015 College of Arts and Sciences Honors Banquet
This past Spring 2015, Women's Studies was pleased to recognize the following students with awards distinguishing their academic and community accomplishments:
Melissa B. Norton and Aaron Thieme both received the Linda C. Fox Academic Merit Award, bestowed by the Community Friends of Women’s Studies honoring the former Director (1995-2007) and Associate Professor Emerita of Spanish (1970-2007) to a WOST major with an overall GPA of 3.5 or above, at least 12 credits in WOST classes, and at least 60 credits overall.
Amanda S. Neumann received the Joan Daley Uebelhoer Outstanding Women's Studies Major Award, named after a long-time Women's Studies instructor and devoted community leader and activist, this award honors the major who represents the very best of Women's Studies, including excellence in scholarship, commitment to social justice, and activism on behalf of women. To be considered, students must have completed at least 12 credit hours towards the Women's Studies major, have a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major, and demonstrate their commitment to activism and service through an essay. Community of Friends of Women’s Studies provides funding for the award each year.
Amanda Neumann also received the Women's Studies Outstanding Research Essay Prize, supported through Community of Friends of Women's Studies,this prize recognizes the best research paper written by a student in a Women's Studies class.
Indiana University Women's and Gender Studies Conference
Indiana University Women's and Gender Studies Conference IU South Bend 2014
Eight students representing IPFW attended the Indiana University Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference on the campus of IU South Bend, April 3-4, 2014. This annual conference gives students the opportunity to present their own scholarship in women's and gender studies to an audience of their peers. We offer them congratulations on taking a step beyond the classroom; the students presenting are:
Jake Baker, Communication: The Gender Journey of Jessica Hamby: Overdetermined Femininity and Trueblood
Sarah Bercot, International Language and Culture Studies: The Impossibility of Liberation in Varda's Vagabond
Allison Haag, Women's Studies: Cult of Youth: "I Hope I Die Before I Get Old"
Amity Pauley, Women's Studies: In Defense of Dumpster Diving: An Anarcha-Feminist Argument for the Ethics of Food Reclamation
Cailynn Smith, Women Studies: Marriage Equality?: Heteronormativity & Reactionary Movements
Aaron Thieme, Philosophy / Women's Studies: A Theoretical Critique of Standpoint Epistemology
Elizabeth Tobin, Psychology: Masculinity Threat and Prosocial Behavior in Men
Monica Young, Women's Studies: Sylvia Plath and Mid-Twentieth Century Notions of Mental Illness
Women's Studies Students Attend
2013 National Women's Studies Association Conference
Nicole Black, Sadie King-Hoffman, Layli Majors, Melody Monday, Amity Pauley and Elizabeth Mannir, Limited Term Lecturer attended and presented at the 2013 NWSA National Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio from November 7-10, 2013.
The group submitted an abstract on the service learning project introduced by Elizabeth Mannir and connected with Food and Feminism, a course taught by Elizabeth and offered through the Women's Studies Program. The opportunity to present undergraduate research is seldom afforded to students at a professional conference. They were all honored by the selection of their abstract. They also enjoyed the experience of the conference, its sessions, and the opportunity to meet some of the leading women in the fields of women and gender studies. The students received funding to attend the conference through the Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences and IPSGA.