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Women’s and Gender Studies Program



Spring 2021

Portrait of Dr Emily Kazyak and Dr Kelsy Burke standing in front of greenery

Religion, Sexuality, and Freedom: a Talk with Dr. Emily Kazyak and Dr. Kelsy Burke

When: Friday, April 9th 2021 from 2:30-3:30PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

In recent decades, prominent legal battles have resulted in a dramatic increase in gained civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, and queer-identified individuals in the U.S. Simultaneously, opponents have argued before courts that they should be exempt from recognizing LGBTQ rights based on the claim that their religious beliefs fundamentally oppose the acceptance of LGBTQ people. This presentation explores the evolution of cultural beliefs and case law when it comes to religious freedom and LGBTQ people in the United States. Kazyak and Burke describe findings from an ongoing research project that includes surveys and interviews of Americans’ beliefs alongside quantitative and qualitative analysis of opinions and summaries of federal court cases related to religious exemption and nondiscrimination laws.

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A Talk with Irish Poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin

When: Thursday, April 1st 2021 from 6-7PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

Annemarie Ní Churreáin will join Dr. Ed Madden's course "Queer Times, Irish Times" to discuss her debut collection of poetry Bloodroot.

Smiling portrait of TC Tolbert wearing a Black Trans Lives Matter shirt

WGST 298 Welcomes TC Tolbert, editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry

When: Monday, March 29th from 4-5PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

TC Tolbert identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, mover, and poet. And, s/he’s a human in love with humans doing human things. S/he is author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014 and to be re-released in 2021 by Nightboat Books), five chapbooks, and co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). TC was recently awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship for his work with trans, non-binary, and queer folks as Tucson’s Poet Laureate. S/he spends his summers leading wilderness trips with Outward Bound.

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Claudia Smith Brinson discusses Stories of Struggle: The Clash over Civil Rights in South Carolina

When: Friday, March 26th 2021 from 2-3PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

In the spring and summer of 1969 more than 400 black women working at the Medical College and Charleston County hospitals went on strike. Charleston became a destination not for tourists but for union and civil rights activists, state troopers, riot police, and the National Guard – 1,200 soldiers sent by Gov. Robert E. McNair Sr. – standing on armed personnel carriers, wearing gas masks, carrying rifles with fixed bayonets. Said Charleston leader Mary Moultrie, “You thought we’d just die out after a day or two of marching. You thought we’d say, ‘Sorry, boss,’ and put those handkerchiefs back on our heads.” That’s not what the women did.

Front cover of Matias Viegener's 2500 Things About Me Too

Matias Viegener joins Dr. Ed Madden's "Queer Times, Queer Lives"

When:Wednesday, March 24th 2021 from 4-5PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

Matias Viegener will join Dr. Ed Madden's course "Queer Times, Queer Lives" to discuss his work. 2500 Random Things About Me Too  is an experiment in the construction of identity in a Facebook- drenched world of self-manufacturing and short attention spans. Possibly the first book to have been composed entirely on Facebook, 2500 Random Things About Me Too is a text-cloud raining art, dogs, sex, death and fruit.

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Joseph Valente and Margot Gayle Backus discuss their work The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature

When: Thursday, March 11th 2021 from 6-7PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

The authors will join Dr. Ed Madden's course "Queer Times, Irish Times" for a discussion of their work The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature: Writing the Unspeakable. For the class they will focus on the chapter on the novel The Long Falling by Keith Ridgway. 

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 WGST 298 welcomes Cooper Lee Bombardier to discuss Pass with Care

When: Wednesday, March 10th 2021 from 4-5PM EST
Where: Zoom (email for event link)

Cooper Lee Bombardier will join Dr. Ed Madden's WGST 298 to read from and discuss Pass with Care, a collection of memoir essays addressing the author's transition and experience as a trans man.

Fall 2018

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25th Annual Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture with Ijeoma Oluo

When: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29th, 2018
Where: McKissick Museum Auditorium

New York Times best-selling
author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo, will deliver the 2018 Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture in African American Women’s Studies on race and racism in the U.S.   

Reception and book signing follows.

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Medusa's Gaze: The Monstrous Feminine

In partnership with Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, The Nickelodeon is presenting Medusa’s Gaze, a three-part series exploring the feminine in horror film.

Thursday, October 4: Jennifer's Body (2009)

Thursday, October 11: Lyle (2014)

Thursday, October 25: The Hunger (1983)

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Yours in Sisterhood Screening and Filmmaker Talkback

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Where: Nickelodeon Theatre

'From 2015 to 2017, a filmmaking team traveled across the United States speaking with women from all walks of American life. Each interviewee was given a letter from the 1970s, written to the editor of Ms. Magazine, the country’s first feminist magazine, and then was allowed to respond. A striking comparison between 1970s and 2010s feminism and culture emerges, giving a new look at the old slogan, “the personal is political.”'

Directed by Irene Lusztig.

This screening is followed by a talkback with the filmmaker, Irene Lusztig.


Spring 2018 Events


Faculty Meetings:

9/28/2018 Agenda
10/26/18 Agenda
12/14/18 Agenda



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