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Once again WGSS worked with the Women and Gender Resource Center to offer this important workshop to graduating UH female students.

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WGSS Graduation Luncheon, May 4, 2016

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Keynote by Dr. Sarah Luna: In Search of Disreputable Heroines

 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE RECIPIENT BIOS

Rikki Bettinger (History) is a doctoral candidate in the History Department, specializing in Latin American History. Her dissertation examines the diaries of North Atlantic women who traveled to Mexico and the Caribbean in the early nineteenth-century. She enjoys blending the discipline of history with her women’s studies work, and is invigorated by the atmosphere in the WGSS office, where she works as Graduate Assistant and Advisor. Prior to coming to UH, she earned her M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio after completing four years teaching history in the secondary classroom.

Yvonne Chen (Sociology) is a master’s student in the Sociology department. Her thesis focuses on how teacher’s enforcement of the dress code reproduce gendered, racial, and class discrimination through the hidden curriculum. Some of her other research projects examine mental health stigma and the portrayal of Asian Americans in U.S. media. She is also a student advisory board member of the academic journal, Social Problems. Yvonne will be pursuing her Sociology Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University this fall. She plans to research the barriers that Asian Americans face when accessing mental health services and how they navigate the healthcare system.

Fernando Clark (Sociology) is a master’s student in the Sociology Department. He graduated from Beloit College where he developed his sociological and feminist perspectives. His research centers on criminology, Latina/o sociology, gender, and inequality and poverty. His master’s thesis examines how mass media portrays Latina women who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Other current manuscripts include how gender roles are portrayed through the music genre of Urban Bachata and examining the barriers that Latina/os encounter when trying to seek mental health services. He is a member of the student advisory board in the academic journal, Social Problems. This upcoming fall, Fernando will be attending the University of Georgia-Athens as a Ph.D. student in sociology. There he plans to continue his work on Latina women and post-incarceration and the barriers Latina/os face when trying to enter college.

Julia Taylor (English) graduated with a M.A. in English in December of 2015. While at UH, she served as the Graduate Research Fellow in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives. This fall, Julia will be transplanting to Eugene, Oregon, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Oregon, where she will emphasize in Gender Studies and Ethnic Literatures.

 

 

Living Archives: Women in Sports

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A Panel Discussion with
Tai Dillard, Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball, University of Houston
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Champion Runner; Coach, Women’s Sprints & Hurdles, UH
Tania Ganguli, ESPN NFL Nation reporter
Bianca Moreno Henninger, Goalie, Houston Dash
Heidi Burge Horton, Head Coach Hoops School; NCAA Virginia 1989-1993; WNBA 1997-99
Moderator: Lisa Malosky, Producer & former Sports Reporter (NBC, TNT, KPRC, etc.)

You can learn more about the panelists here.

 

Check out the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

 The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

Living Archives: Ending Sexual Assault

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A Panel Discussion with
Dr. Richard Baker, Assistant Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Equal Opportunity Services, UH
Tom Herman, Head Football Coach, UH
Jessica Luther, Independent Journalist (Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, Guardian Sport, & Texas Observer)
Dr. Laura J. McGuire, Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Program Manager, UH Wellness Center
Moderator: Dr. Beverly McPhail, Faculty Member, College of Social Work, UH

You can learn more about the panelists here.

 

Check out the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

Samina Ali: Muslim Women and Digital Activism Talk

Also this February, WGSS Faculty Affiliate Dr. Leandra Zarnow (History) worked with the UH Center for Public History, Dr. Abdel Takriti (UH Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History), and the WGSS Program to bring Samina Ali to campus for a talk, book signing, and reception.

You can watch the event here!

Ali 2.17.16 Event FlierSamina Ali is an American Muslim author who was born in India. For over a decade, Samina has worked on diverse projects with the aim of promoting gender justice.

Her critically acclaimed novel, MADRAS ON RAINY DAYS, is about a young, Muslim woman trapped between American and Islamic expectations. It received the Best First Novel Award (Prix du Premier Roman Etranger Award) from France and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. Poets & Writers Magazine named MADRAS Best Debut Novel.

Samina went on to curate an internationally acclaimed art exhibition for the International Museum of Women (now part of Global Fund for Women), Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. The revolutionary exhibition showcases Muslim women from around the world: from the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the first American Muslim woman to translate the Qur’an into English, to graffiti artists involved in the Arab Springs and provocative young ‘zine creators.

Samina has worked with the State Department to help build bridges in certain European countries with their Muslim populations. In the U.S., she led a peaceful five-woman march into a mosque to demand women’s equal treatment in the prayer space — which was granted later that same year as a result of her activism.

Samina has been featured in a diverse range of media, including The Economist, The Guardian, The Sunday Guardian, Huffington Post, and Vogue Magazine, as well as Voice of America and several times on NPR. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Daily Beast.

She lives in San Francisco with her family.

Electric Santería: Author Talk & Reading with Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

February was a very busy month for the WGSS Program.  We collaborated with numerous entities to bring exciting new scholarship to our UH community.  Electric Santería was no exception.

In collaboration with UH Hispanic Studies, we hosted Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús from Harvard University who presented her new book and research on the transnational experience of Santería.  Beliso-De Jesús’ presentation provided keen insights in the study of African diaspora religious practices as well as a sophisticated example of transnational feminist scholarship.

 

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Cimarrón Spirit: Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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This February we were excited to collaborate with the HCC Office of International Initiatives, UH Dept of English, UH African American Studies, UH Relgious Studies, UH Hispanic Studies, Arté Publico Press, and the Caribbean Film Series of the UH Center for the Americas to bring film screenings of Cimarrón Spirit, panel discussions, a concert, and conversations to two Houston campuses.  Shout out to Assistant Professor of WGSS and CCS Rachel Afi Quinn for her work on this documentary.

The engaging panel discussion included: Rubén Durán, Director; Xiomara Fortuna, Afro-Dominican singer-songwriter; Dominican studies scholars Silvio Torres-Saillant (University of Syracuse) and Rachel Afi Quinn (University of Houston); with translations by scholar Mabel Cuesta (University of Houston)

The screenings were complemented by talks with Dominican singer-songwriter Xiomara Fortuna and Latina/o Studies scholar Silvio Torres-Saillant

The visit included a special concert by Xiomara Fortuna, and time for connecting with old and new friends.

Living Archives: Women and Pleasure

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The 2015-2016 Living Archives series continued this Spring with a thought-provoking January panel titled “Women and Pleasure.”

A Panel Discussion with
Emily deAyala, President & Clinical Director of Houston Sex Therapy
Sheila Katz PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston
Josie Pickens, Cultural Critic, Writer, Ebony Magazine, & Instructor, Texas Southern University
Y.E.Torres, Dancer, Performance Artist & Visual Artist
Moderator: Sarah Luna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, WGSS, University of Houston

For more detailed biographies of the participants please click here.

Check the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

To see a list of upcoming WGSS and FWS events click here.

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

Living Archives: #BlackWomensLivesMatter

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The 2015-2016 Living Archives Series began with a relevant discussion on the #BlackLivesMatter Movement through a gendered lens specifically looking at Black women’s lives and experiences from different angles.

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Living Archives attendees engaged with the panel discussion.
Living Archives attendees engaged with the panel discussion.

The panel discussion included Shekira Dennis, Co-Founder of the Houston Justice Coalition, Amanda Edwards, Attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Jalyn Gordon, President of the Black Student Union at the University of Houston, Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn, Assistant Professor of WGSS and CCS at the University of Houston, Tiffany Ross, Social Worker at Mental Health of America Houston, Dr. Cristal C. Truscott, Assistant Professor and Theater Program Director at Prairie A&M University, and moderated by Syan Rhodes, Anchor and Reporter at KPRC. For more detailed biographies on the panelists, click here.

#BlackWomensLivesMatter Panelists.
#BlackWomensLivesMatter Panelists.

For the first time, the Living Archive had a live stream of the panel. Check the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

Our next discussion in the Living Archive Series will be “The Body Politic: When Women Make Policy,” a collaboration with Symposium on Women Remaking American Culture, on October 14, 2015 from 11:30AM to 1PM at the Rockwell Pavillion in the University of Houston’s M.D. Anderson Library. To RSVP or for more information contact Sandra Enríquez and Allison Robinson at wgss@uh.edu or at (713) 743-3214.

To see a list of upcoming WGSS and FWS events click here.

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities

WGSS kicked off the 2015-2016 academic year with the lecture “Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities,” renowned scholar Rhoda Reddock on August 27.

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Dr. Rhonda Reddock at the “Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities” lecture on August 27, 2015.

Dr. Rhoda Reddock is professor of Gender, Social Change and Development and deputy campus principal of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad campus. She is the recipient of numerous national, regional, and international awards including the Triennial CARICOM Award for Women 2002 and an honorary doctorate from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She has researched and published extensively in the areas of women’s labour and labour history; feminism and women’s movements; gender and sexualities, environment, development, ethnicity and identity, masculinities, and gender and sexualities. Her books include Women, Labour and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago: A History (1994); Plantation Women: International Experiences, co-edited with Shobhita Jain (1998); Caribbean Sociology: Introductory Readings, co-edited with Christine Barrow (2000); the edited collection Interrogating Caribbean Masculinities (2004); and more recently, the co-edited collection Sex, Power and Taboo: Gender and HIV in the Caribbean and Beyond, co-edited with Dorothy Roberts, Dianne Douglas, and Sandra Reid (2009).

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The presentation sparked a lot of conversations and it is an excellent way to inaugurate a masculinities studies initiative at UH and across other campuses here in Houston.

Watch Dr. Reddock’s lecture below.