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Here's the plan for next Thursday's teach-in. We have five performances scheduled, for an 80-minute class period, so each one can take up to 15 minutes (if needed/wanted). Don't feel that you have to fill the time; we can always spend it talking about what we've done and/or seen one another do...
10:25-10:40 Aya and froggies315
10:40-10:55 vspaeth, egrumer, dglasser
10:55-11:10 leamirella, kobieta, sterrab
Geis Student Research on Women Conference
Open to the Member Institutions of the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium
Saturday, April 28, 2012 University of Delaware
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Geis Student Research on Women Conference invites submissions by students attending institutions in the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium who have done research on women or gender issues. The thirteen institutions of the Consortium include:
- Bryn Mawr College
- Drexel University
- Haverford College
- LaSalle University
- Rosemont College
- Saint Joseph’s University
- Swarthmore College
- Temple University
- University of Delaware
- University of Pennsylvania
- Ursinus College
- Villanova University
- West Chester University
The conference is open to female and male students, at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. Group-authored projects are acceptable. Faculty help and advice are assumed, but the paper must be entirely student-written. All papers will be reviewed, and acceptance will be based on excellence and relevance of the research to women and/or gender issues. Past winners are encouraged to submit new work for presentation but are not eligible for awards.
To Submit Papers mail to:
I just wanted to write to thank each of the students in the in class/outclassed course for participating in the conversation we held last Thursday, Dec. 1. I really enjoyed being able to come and speak with you about the ways we personally wrestle with our class statuses and how we try to make sense of this very absurd system of "classifying" people. One aspect that I did not get to address during the class was the topic of class in context of a capitalist system. In response, much your feedback to my zine has revolved around the question of "how could a wealthy person ever feel bad/guilty about having wealth?" My answer is that I feel this way due to my opposition to a capitalist system that is based in (and provokes) many social ills - competition, exploitation, persecution, and unequal wealth distribution. If you remember a quote from Ty in my zine, "people are wealthy BECAUSE other people are poor." People are poor, in part, because of the concentrated wealth that I have benefitted from. My disdain for my wealth is connected to my political desire to be anti-capitalist and to work for another economic system that does not involve colonialism and unjust resource extraction; for a economy that does not simultaneously create poverty and the many social traumas poverty brings. As you can see, this commitment is tied up into so many other causes and issues that I am devoted to. I'm open and interested to continue working through this with each of you. Please feel free to get in touch with me with further thoughts, questions, & ideas.
I’ve been waving Rena Fraden's Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and Theater for Incarcerated Women @ y’all for a couple of weeks now, and thought I’d take the time to write out a little of what I find so compelling about the book. It is really making me feel dissatisfied with the sort of writing we are getting, and making me be more thoughtful about ways in which we might help folks dig deeper, be more truthful.
If you don’t know the story of Medea, read about it here—it’s all about betrayal, abandonment, anger, “too much love.”
“Jones finds theatrical ways to interrogate the personal, surrounding the contemporary with the mythical, providing more texts, and thus context, for these women, so that each individual’s story is not isolated but always seen in relation to others…autobiography alone neither guarantees new insights nor changes behavior. As Joan Scott has argued, experience is not transparent but is ‘at once always already an interpretation and something that needs to be interpreted’ (p. 21).
While some of us were hanging out with Michael last Friday (waiting for the rest of us to show up), he mentioned another article, written by a professor of public policy @ Rutgers Camden, which he thought we might find of interest. He just sent me the link: Poverty Porn in Rolling Stone.
this guy (robert fairbanks) is teaching in bmc's soc dept now!
--maybe we should ask him to come and talk w/ us???
sounds like he has some interesting ideas re: the "recovery model":
The Greater Philadelhia Women's Studies Consortium is bring Ruth Wilson Gilmore to the area in the fall.
I will be sure to get her to come to Bryn Mawr!
kelsey--this one's for you! check out the 18 owl species with irresistable faces-->
maybe they are *not* monsters after all....? maybe we should reconsider
Ten days ago, Jody mentioned that a silent discussion in her ed class called up some economic questions.
Sophia explained this, in conference w/ me last week, when she said that "information flows in a temporal direction," i.e. from econ @ 10, into ed @ noon, into english @ 2:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays...
but has trouble getting itself inserted again into econ @ 10 a.m. two (or five!) days later--in part because econ isn't set up to invite any sort of on-going, exploratory conversation of this sort....
I've been thinking that the labor of making these connections--of keeping any one of our classes from being
"siloed" and separated from the other, really belongs to you students, who are attending them all...and/but I'm also feeling as though I'd like to encourage more cross-disciplinary conversation in each class, asking (for instance) about the role that economics plays in the novel we're reading now in my class, Ruth Ozeki's All Over Creation, which is (in part) about the food industry, and all the economic disincentives for farmers to go organic...