19th Annual WGS Symposium Features Outstanding Student Work
This year our WGS undergraduate and graduate students presented their research papers, works of creative non-fiction, theatrical performances, and even software applications to an enthusiastic crowd! The event packed two full rooms and featured 28 student presentations. Click here to read more!
Meghan Bosko Wins Fisher Thesis Award!
Meghan Bosko, MA '13 is featured in STATEside for winning the Illinois State's prestigious James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award. Check out how the Women's and Gender Studies program impacted her thesis. We could not be more proud of Meghan!
The Women's Leadership Conference was a Success!
Were you able to attend the Women's Leadership Conference? If not, click here to find out more about what it is all about and hear about it's astonishing success!
F.L.A.M.E. brings the Clothesline Project to ISU
October is Domestic Violence awareness month. This is a great time to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence in the Bloomington-Normal community. Tuesday, October 10th, Feminist Lead Activist Movement to Empower (F.L.A.M.E.) presented the Clothesline Project in honor of this month.
Tia Blassingame Gives Enlightening Artist Talk and Promotes her Current Exhibition
Identity featured Dr. Susan J. Douglas, the 19th annual WGS Symposium Keynote Speaker, in their newsletter. Click here and see what Rachael Hatch wrote about this amazing event!
Why did you choose to obtain a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies?
I chose WGS because originally I thought the general topic would intersect my research interests. After taking Black and Latino Feminism, I realized the department was one of the few spaces on campus where scholarship and activism were so closely interlinked.
What have you enjoyed most about the WGS program?
That if forces me to acknowledge my ignorance but also be open to new ways of thinking.
What has been your favorite WGS course?
Epistemology of Race and Ignorance in the Philosophy department, it is basically changing my life! It reflects social issues that I understand very well coming from an inner city black community. The discourse acknowledges many marginalized and dismissed experiences as sites of knowledge. Also the logistical structure of articles give me additional guidance in dismantling patriarchy in my life and the communities I navigate. I chose my PhD school primarily because there is a faculty member with whom I can continue these conversations with.
Who is your favorite WGS faculty member?
Professor Alison Bailey would be my favorite faculty member. Without question, she embodies her scholarship on coalition building. She has a high standard of expectation from her students. She also engages scholarship critically. Even when she disagrees she doesn’t challenge her students’ dignity. And if you’ve been in the academy long you know this is rare. Also, I am working to develop my scholarly and analytical writing skills, Professor Bailey was the first professor to reach out to meet and take a hands on approach to improving my writing.
What advice would you give to undergrads and grads interested in the WGS program?
I think it’s critically important to learn and engage about something that will not only impact your academic education, but also your personal life. It has very real world applications about what your learning, as well as being rigorous intellectually.
Q-and-A with Mallie Feltner: Politics and Government major seeking master’s degree in WGS
The president of ISU’s F.L.A.M.E., Mallie Feltner, was proud to announce that she will be attending graduate school this fall at University of Louisville for her master’s degree in women’s and gender studies. Congrats Mallie!
Why did you choose Women’s and Gender Studies as a minor?
WGS provides a new understanding of history and how the world works that is neglected in other fields.
What was your favorite WGS course?
Gender and Political Theory because we learn about the issues within the waves of feminism and it was my first introduction to intersectionality, as well as understanding privilege.
Who was your favorite WGS faculty?
Dr. Kyle Ciani because she is supportive and encouraging within the classroom and outside of it. She also has a thorough knowledge of the contributions of women throughout history that is understated in other classes.
What have you enjoyed most about WGS?
The faculty, it is a unique experience to be able to be a student of such an interdisciplinary program where you are exposed to so many professors who share the same passions.
How did the WGS minor influence your time at ISU?
My WGS classes were my favorite during my time at ISU. Not only because of the knowledge I gained, but also because of the relationships I formed with professors and fellow students who are as passionate as I am about WGS.
What advice would you give to undergrads and grads interested in this program?
Take advantage of every opportunity WGS provides, from classes to guest lecturers, absorb as much knowledge as you can. Also, get to know the professors because they want you to succeed and will do everything in their power to help you along the way.
Would you recommend a WGS minorto other students?
Absolutely. No matter how you identify, WGS will help you understand who you are and your place in the world. You will learn to think in new ways, as well as how to help others to do the same.
Hissy Fit First Interest Meeting
Mon, September 8, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Rachel Cooper, Second Floor Lounge
F.L.A.M.E. First Meeting of the Fall 2014 Semester
Mon, September 8, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Rachel Cooper, Second Floor Lounge
Safe Zone Orientation
Thu, September 11, 2014 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM See Event Description
Women in Prison Discussion Panel
Mon, September 22, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Rachel Cooper, Second Floor Lounge
Women's and Gender Studies Internship Informational Meeting
Wed, September 24, 2014 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Rachel Cooper, WGS Resource Center