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WGST Fall 2020 Sponsored & Co-sponsored Events


The Gendered Nature of Trafficking Victimization

Monday, September 14th @ 2:20pm

Please join this virtual event on Microsoft Teams

Jody Clay-Warner, Meigs Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at University of Georgia, will present “The Gendered Nature of Trafficking Victimization”

Dr. Clay-Warner’s research seeks to understand responses to injustice. She considers this issue from both a basic and applied perspective. Specifically, she examines the underlying processes that guide responses to injustice, as well as the implications of these processes for reactions to concrete forms of injustice, such as criminal victimization. She employs experimental and survey methods to investigate these issues, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State. Her current projects focus on human trafficking victimization in Sub-Saharan Africa, health effects of victimization and other experiences of injustice, and campus sexual assault policies.

CAS Justice Theme Semester event and part of the Violence and (In)justice Speakers Series

The Movement for Reproductive Justice, Empowering Women of Color through Social Activism

Monday, September 28th @5PM

A conversation with Patricia Zavella, focused on her new book, published by New York University Press, The Movement for Reproductive Justice: Empowering Women of Color Through Social Activism.

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27th Annual Freeman Lecture – UNLADYLIKE2020

Tuesday, September 29th from 6:30PM-8PM

Sandra Rattley, joins WGST to discuss her professional journey as an award-winning documentary Executive Producer and screen three selected UNLADYLIKE2020 PBS-featured shorts on African- American women trailblazers (Charlotta Spears Bass, Mary Church Terrell, and Gladys Bentley). Q&A to follow.

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Moral Boundaries around Sexual Consent: Lessons Learned from Public Drinking Settings

Monday, October 5th @ 2:20pm

Justine Tinkler, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Laboratory for the Study of Social Interaction in the Department of Sociology at University of Georgia

CAS Justice Theme Semester event and part of the Violence and (In)justice Speakers Series

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The View from Somewhere

Tuesday, October 6th from 6PM-7PM

Transgender journalist, Lewis Raven Wallace, will join WGST for a talk exploring his new book, published by the University of Chicago Press, The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity, the harm caused by the myth of objectivity, and themes connected to journalism, justice, and "neutrality" in the Trump era. Q&A to follow.

CAS Justice Theme Semester event

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Feminist Horror Film Series

Available online during the month of October here:

Coordinated by Julia Elliott and her South Carolina Honors College (SCHC) students, this series will be held virtually in October. Showings: The Babadook, Under the Shadow, Evolution (see below for film synopses and information)

The Babadook (2014, Jennifer Kent)  

“So: a stressed-out single parent trapped at home with a hyperimaginative and possibly disturbed child. The long-ago death of a beloved husband and a never-seen father. And a mysteriously menacing children’s book that appears one day on a shelf. What a simple, elegant setup for a psychological horror film about depression, motherhood, grief, and madness. But The Babadook doesn’t stop to congratulate its audience on figuring out that those themes are all, indeed, wrapped up in its monster story. With an assurance that’s rare in a first-time filmmaker, Kent briskly lays out her allegorical cards, then gets right to the business of scaring our pants off” (Slate).   


Under the Shadow (2016, Babak Anvari) 

Focusing on a mother and daughter besieged by forces both worldly and otherwise in a Tehran apartment block, Under the Shadow presents a gripping portrait of an independently spirited woman shackled by sharia law who becomes more scared of the demonic forces tormenting her daughter than of the lashes threatened by her rulers or of fire falling from the sky. A very impressive feature debut by Iran-born, London-based film-maker Babak Anvari, this is thoughtful, provocative and increasingly scary fare, which succeeds equally as feminist fable, fractured family drama and full-on fright-fest.” (The Guardian).  


Evolution (2015, Lucile Hadžihalilović) 

“Some movies revel in mysteries so well that they don’t require solutions. French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s ‘Evolution’ provides an ideal example. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) spends his days in an isolated seaside hospital, along with several other children, all of whom are subjected to an alarming medical process. His mother, and the other women who tend to the boys, obscure the reasons behind the confined setting. When Nicolas spies on them after dark, he gets no closer to answers — but the puzzle pieces gradually congeal into a pileup of transgressive sexuality, body horror and strange laboratory experiments. Nicolas doesn’t put it all together, but as he learns to look harder, he takes action against the ominous events around him. It’s the year’s wildest coming of age story.” (IndieWire).

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