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Queer Studies minor at Cal Poly recognized on Mustang News!

Oct 12, 2017


After years of development, the Women’s and Gender Studies department celebrated the launch of the new Queer Studies minor Oct. 4.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department held a launch party for the Queer Studies minor in the atrium of Robert E. Kennedy Library. Students and faculty filled the space, with many crowding on the floor where various contributors to the development of the minor spoke about the new program, available Fall 2017.

“Our goal with the queer studies minor is to  … provide students with hands-on experience serving as leaders in the creation, enactment, and evaluation of efforts to create more inclusive, just and equitable Cal Poly and world,” Women’s and Gender Studies Department Chair Jane Lehr said.

Lehr said this minor has been in development for years. The effort of the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty was necessary, but so was the dedication of students.

“It’s the Queer Studies Working Group, which was created by two students initially, that brings us here,” Lehr said. “It’s not about me; it’s not even about just the department. It’s about all of us.”

To read more, please refer to Mustang News for original article.

Mireille Miller-Young of UCSB to give a talk on "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" on 10/16

Sep 27, 2017


Mireille Miller-Young, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara will be giving a talk entitled "A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography" on Monday, October 16 from 4:10PM-6PM at Cal Poly in the ATL. Sponsored by the Cal Poly Women's & Gender Studies Department. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, October 16, 2017

Time: 4:10-6PM 

Location: Advanced Technology Lab ATL (Bldg. 7, 01)

FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/176495062910964

Title: A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography 

Abstract: Black women’s representations and experiences as sex workers in the pornography industry are shaped by a racialized and gendered sexual commerce where stereotypes, structural inequalities, and social biases are the norm. Black women are devalued as hyperaccessible and superdisposable in an industry that simultaneously invests in and ghettoizes fantasies about black sexuality. In light of feminist arguments against the victimization of women by pornography, Miller-Young contends that black sex workers, while facing multiple axes of discrimination and harm, also employ hypersexuality and deviance to achieve self-care and self-authorship. In the context of hegemonic capitalism that exploits all labor and social relations in society, black women’s illicit erotic labor represents one strategy for survival. In choosing pornographic sex work as a path to mobility and erotic autonomy, this presentation explores how the increasing significance of the sexual economy as a site of work, identity formation, and political expression for women of color in the 21st century.

 

For more information contact: wgs@calpoly.edu

 

Queer Studies Minor Launch Party 10/4

Sep 15, 2017


Come out to celebrate the new Queer Studies minor at Cal Poly!

The Women's & Gender Studies Department will be hosting a Queer Studies Minor Launch Party on Wednesday, October 4 from 4:10-5:30PM. We will have a dessert reception with light refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Wednesday October 4, 2017

Time: 4:10-5:30PM 

Location: Kennedy Library Atrium (Bldg. 35, Atrium)

FACEBOOK LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/211753919360240

For more information contact: wgs@calpoly.edu

 

 

Jodi Evans of CODE Pink to speak on “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine”

Sep 13, 2017


Jodi Evans of CODE PINK will speak on “Growing a Local Peace Economy and Divesting from the War Machine” on Saturday September 23 at 6:30pm in Building 3, Room 213. Evans will argue that, “The wars are robbing our schools, our healthcare, our children and their future.” Participants will learn how to divest and be the catalyst to change your local culture to one that thrives and grows peace in a just transition. Sponsored by the Cal Poly Department of Women’s & Gender Studies and SLO Speaks.

Free and open to the public.

More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/108250199869128 or by emailing wgs@calpoly.edu. 

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2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

May 9, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce the following NINE scholarship recipients for 2017-18 at Cal Poly:
 
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WGS Chair, Dr. Lehr representing Women in Technology

Feb 23, 2017


Dr. Lehr, our very own Chair of Women's & Gender Studies, is a keynote speaker at the Women in Technology  Dinner on February 22, 2017. This event is sponsored by Softec and MINDBODY.

Keynote speakers will lead a discussion on how to attract and retain talent. 

2017-18 Scholarship Opportunities

Feb 15, 2017


The Women’s & Gender Studies Department is pleased to announce the following NINE scholarship opportunities for students at Cal Poly:

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Unpacking Issues of Gender & Diversity in the Workforce

Jan 18, 2017


Cal Poly Women's and Gender Studies Department Chair, Dr. Jane Lehr to give a talk at the second annual Cal Poly Women's Business Leadership Academy. The talk is entitled Women in the Workforce: Unpacking Issues of Gender and Diversity in the Workforce.

National Women's Studies Association releases a statement in response to the US Presidential Election

Dec 12, 2016


Please see statement below from the National Women's Studies Association:

Sandi Clement finds the pathway to Diabetes may be one we overlook...

Dec 12, 2016


There is quite a bit of research over the past three decades which suggests that under conditions of chronic stress, there are certain physiologic changes that occur in the body that might make one more vulnerable to disease.

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