01/15/2019 - Olivia Hagedorn from the Department of History was awarded the 2019 Smalley Fellowship in Gender and Women's Studies for her dissertation proposal entitled "'Call Me African': Black Women and Disaporic Cultural Feminism in Chicago, 1930-1980."
01/08/2019 - Toby Beauchamp has been named a 2019-2020 Helen Corley Petit Scholar, which is awarded for the "development of the scholarship and teaching of early career faculty members in the College." In addition to the title of Helen Corley Petit Scholar, the award comes with funds to support research and teaching. Professor Beauchamp's book, Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices, was released this month by Duke University Press.
12/06/2018 - Throughout the 1960s and 70s thousands of young men and women left Iran to seek education and opportunity abroad. A group of particularly adventurous and charismatic friends met up in San Francisco. Best in the West locates their experiences, as young men establishing their lives in a new country, within the context of the Vietnam War, changes in Iran, and the social, political, and musical atmosphere of San Francisco in the 60s and 70s. See Best in the West on vimeo.
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!