Thank you to all who facilitated and attended our first Gender & Justice Institute, April 2016! It was a great success!
Women's History Month 2017
The Women's Studies Program sponsors several events throughout the month of March in celebration of Women's History Month. These events are free and open to faculty, staff, students, and the Fort Wayne community. Check back in February 2017 for next year's Women's History Month calendar of events!
Past themes have included:
2010 - Women and the Law
2011 - Empowering Women's Bodies
2012 - Women and Power
2013 - Women's Reproductive Rights: A Historical and Global Perspective
2014 - Global Girlhood
2015 - Women and Art
2016- Feminism & the Fight for Social Justice
Women Make Movies Film Festival 2017: Check back in February for dates & times!
Each year during Women's History Month the IPFW Women's Studies Program sponsors a showing of films created by women. Guests have the opportunity to view four films free of charge, shown in two time blocks throughout the day at Fort Wayne's local theatre, The Cinema Center.
The Women's Studies One Book Program was introduced in 2009 with the goal of encouraging individuals from inside and outside of the university to engage in community discussion regarding a book related to feminism. Each year we invite an author to IPFW for a lecture or reading. Following the author's visit, IPFW faculty, staff, students, and community members meet for a lively book discussion and dinner.
Books Featured in Previous Years:
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.
In 2016 we read Dr. Roxane Gay's critically acclaimed collection of essays, Bad Feminist, and explored what it means to be a feminist in contemporary culture.
Indiana University Women's and Gender Studies Conference 2016
Nine students representing IPFW attended the Indiana University Women and Gender Studies Undergraduate Conference on the campus of IU Southeast in New Albany in April 2016.
The following students presented:
Gabrielle Carteaux: "The T is Silent: Violence and Omission against Transgender Women"
Ashanti Ditaway: "Police Brutality and Black Women"
Elizabeth Erazo: "Phantom Fictions: Maria Luisa Bombal, Pia Barros and the Anxiety of Authorship"
Amanda Neumann: "Feminist Spaces in Digital Places: A Conversation about Feminist Publishing and the Internet"
Melissa Norton: "The Joke of Comedy: Women Comedians"
Danielle Parsons: "The Beautiful Dead: An Analysis of the Use of Women’s Bodies in Advertisements"
Miriam Romaneli: "She Does Not Know How to Scream: Speechlessness and Trauma in Clarice Lispector’s 'The Hour of the Star'”
Fiona Sackett: “'At Least They Weren’t Wearing Pants!' – The All-American Girl Professional Baseball League"
Aaron Thieme: "Speech Act Theory and Feminist Criticisms of Pornography"
National Women's Studies Association Conference 2015
Lauren Murfree and Amanda Neumann attended the 2015 National Women's Studies Association Conference on November 12, 2015. The topic of the conference was "Precarity," and the students presented as part of an undergraduate panel on the following topic:
Cat Talk: Feminist Strategies for Collegiate Feminist Student Organizations
Indiana University Women's and Gender Studies Conference 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 following students presented:
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
National Women's Studies Association Conference 2013
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.