This course explores the complex relationship between gender and disability, including the fraught connections that certain avenues of feminist, queer, and transgender politics have with disability.
Explores the phenomenon of autobiography in the contemporary world. Students will read theories of autobiography, and ask questions about how writing about the self is gendered, and how representations of the self fare in the outside world.
Aspects of popular culture, including television, magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, and internet sources to name a few, are ways that health information is disseminated. Students will examine how we define health and understand disease as related to popular culture.
Elizabeth Labedz never thought sports were for her until she began to play fast pitch softball at the age of ten. She found that playing sports with other girls helped her grow physically, emotionally, and mentally. When Labedz became interested in girls’ studies while earning her degree in gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois, she developed a life-long commitment to helping girls think less about how their bodies look and more about how their bodies work.