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WGS Friends Rejuvenated Friends of WGS Board

Deana Coble, President Rebecca Mann, Secretary Judith Abraham Sally Cone Donna Fairfi eld Carolyn Flowers Ann May

Donna Reichman Judith Schanel Emily Smith Ernestine Taylor

The Friends of Women’s and Gender Studies is a group of community members whose goal is to enhance WGS academic and co-curricular programs through various fund-raising activities and to stimulate community participation in Women’s and Gender Studies through outreach programs. Under the leadership of Deana Coble, the Friends have had a series of productive fall meetings and established goals for coming years. The Friends plan to support the Fall 2012 WGS Program move to the Curry Building by furnishing a conference room and library in the new space. WGS students, faculty, and community groups will have access to this space and its materials. The Friends are working to establish fi nancial aid in the form of travel and book grants for WGS graduate students. In addition, plans are being made to sponsor a major fundraiser by bringing a well-known speaker to campus that will not only excite students and faculty, but also draw a large audience of community members.

The energy and enthusiasm of this group provides an important base of inspiration and support for the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and students. Eff orts of this group have resulted in three student scholarship programs, a faculty grant program, and a professorship in Women’s and Gender Studies.

The Friends seek new board members and would love to hear your suggestions for WGS needs and activities. The Friends invite alumni, current students, faculty, and community members to submit board nominations and to contribute to the work of the board. Please contact Dean Coble at 336-254-6666 or Carole Lindsey- Pott er at 336-334-5673. We would love to work with YOU to support WGS and its future goals.

Welcome New WGS Program Faculty!

Dr. Christine Woodworth teaches Theatre History, Feminist Theatre, and Introduction to Graduate Studies. She holds a PhD in Theatre and a graduate certifi cate in Women’s Studies from Bowling Green State University. Prior to UNCG, Christine taught at Lock Haven University. She is currently at work on the intersection of theatre and reproductive politics and has two forthcoming essays on that topic: “Back-Alleys to Basements: Narratives of Class and (Il)legal Abortion on the American Stage” in To Have or Have Not: New Essays on Commerce and Capital in Modernist Theatre (forthcoming from McFarland) and “‘Playing Missionary in Harlem?’: Race, Public Policy, and Birth Control Crusaders in the Harlem Renaissance” in Public Theatres and Theatre Publics (tentative title; edited by Robert Shimko and Sara Freeman). She has worked as a director and dramaturg. Last year Christine directed Jane: Abortion and the Underground, which was co-produced by VOX, WGS, and Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc. She also appeared onstage in the 2009 production of The Vagina Monologues. Dr. Woodworth was also associated with the 2010 production of The Waiting Room and facilitated a WGS post-performance salon to further discuss issues of beauty constructions brought up in the production.

Educated at Princeton, Tübingen, Rome, and Yale, Dr. Eugene Rogers taught at Yale College and Divinity School, Shaw University Divinity School, St. Anselm College, and, from 1993 to 2005, at the University of Virginia, where for several years he chaired the Program in Theology, Ethics, and Culture. He joined the UNCG faculty in 2005. Rogers is the author or editor of fi ve books and some thirty articles and translations. His book Sexuality and the Christian Body (Blackwell, 1999) was recently named “essential reading” from the last 25 years by the journal Christian Century. His anthology Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell, 2002) also addresses gender issues. Dr. Rogers teaches courses such as REL 382, God, Body, and Sexual Orientation, which focuses on what God wants with human bodies (individual bodies, social bodies, God’s own human body) and what human society wants with God. The course uses current debates about sexual orientation to address those issues.

Dr. Eugene Rogers


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