10/25/2018 - A binary system of gender is not a fact of nature. Nor is it politically neutral. It has been (and is being) wielded and enforced as a way to consolidate power and to stigmatize, target, discipline, punish, and exclude those who are deemed non-conforming: usually transgender people, intersex people, indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, queers, immigrants, women, and others who often demonstrate that alternative models of gender are both viable and valuable. A binary system of gender is enforced through many forms of violence, including the violence of erasure. These are foundational concepts in transgender, queer, and feminist scholarship.
10/23/2018 - Ruth Nicole Brown has devoted her career to what she calls “engaged scholarship” with black girls to create new worlds with, ask questions of, and celebrate black girlhood. The professor of gender and women’s studies remains active on campus, in the surrounding Urbana-Champaign area, and across the United States co-organizing spaces dedicated to humanistic inquiry, the documentation of black girlhood culture, and collective knowledge production about the myriad ways social and political conditions shape and are shaped by black girls.
07/26/2018 - Elizabeth Corr is one of the first students to graduate with a degree from Illinois in Gender and Women's Studies in 2004. As the Director of Art Partnerships at the National Resources Defense Council in Chicago, she works with artists, architects, and designers to heighten public awareness of and interest in the environmental issues that face today’s communities. She launched NRDC’s Artist-in-Residence program and is expanding support for NRDC’s art and climate–related projects, from such organizations as the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Public Concern Foundation, and Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
05/10/2018 - GWS Professor CL Cole heads the Department of Media and Cinema Studies.
05/08/2018 - Emily DiFilippo, a GWS graduate minor, received the IPRH Prize for Research in the Humanities for my book chapter entitled “Post-Op in the Real World: Cancer and Queer Resistance in Isabel Franc an
05/08/2018 - Outstanding GWS Student: Kelly Durgan, GWS Major Outstanding GWS TA: Silas Cassinelli, Department of English, GWS Graduate Minor Outstanding GWS Professor: Toby Beauchamp, GWS
04/24/2018 - Should We Pass on ‘Passing Women’?: The Stakes of (Trans)gender Ontologies for Korean Namjangyeoja Dramas Abstract:
02/27/2018 - Professor Ruth Nicole Brown is one of seven recipients of the Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship for her project, Black Girl Genius Week.
02/05/2018 - DEPARTMENT OF GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR THE GRADUATE EMPLOYEES’ ORGANIZATION
12/19/2017 - Professor Nguyen talks about art, punk, and politics. Art Now is an award-winning mini-documentary series that has produced over 80 episodes on local artists working in Champaign-Urbana and the su
12/01/2017 - Check out GWS alum Sarah Alo (2012) and her collaborators Flavia Borges and Devon Carson in MENACE, a micro-series on Instagram!
10/24/2017 - Prominently mentioned in her Vermont legislative bio is the history future state Rep. Kiah Morris ('06) was a part of in the mid-2000s at Illinois.
08/24/2017 - Prof.
03/05/2017 - Women’s studies programs began popping up at universities around the country in the 1960s, and today, the academic discipline is still on the rise.