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Be the Change


Newsletter Fall 2010


Women’s & Gender Studies


WGS Welcomes New Director


The Program in Women’s and Gender Studies welcomes Dr. Ann Dils as our new director. Dr. Dils joins us from the Department of Dance where she is a professor teaching courses in dance history, research methods, and dance appreciation. A dance historian, Dr. Dils holds a doctoral degree in Performance Studies from New York


University and has strong interests in movement analysis, feminist theory and research methods, and cultural studies.


Dr. Dils has been involved with WGS since she came to UNCG fourteen years ago. As the 2002-2003 Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant recipient, she worked on a manuscript exploring the contemporary legacy of modern dance choreographer Doris Humphrey. A special focus was a chapter exploring the work of Virginia Tanner. A student of Humphrey’s in the 1940s, Tanner adapted her mentor’s movement style and training exercises to work with children. Movement that Humphrey used abstractly took on additional, and especially religious, meanings when performed by children in Tanner’s Salt Lake City environment. Children’s Dance Theatre, a group Tanner founded, still exists today as part of the off erings of the University of Utah. In addition to working with Tanner’s archives, housed in Jackson Library Special Collections, Dr. Dils travelled to Utah to interview women who danced with Tanner in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, some of whom are now professors at Brigham Young or the University of Utah.


Dr. Ann H. Dils


After receiving this award, Dr. Dils served for several years as the chair of the Faculty Research Grant committ ee. She has also served on WGS search and standing personnel committ ees and worked on several WGS conferences. As the new director, she is excited to contribute to the strong connection at UNCG between WGS and the arts. With faculty from WGS and from across campus, Dr. Dils has worked to put together a conference this spring, The Art of Public Memory. This interdisciplinary conference merges the interests of our program with those of the newly-formed School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Dr. Dils looks forward to continuing to build interdisciplinary bridges from women’s and gender studies to other programs.


TABLE OF CONTENTS


New Grad Director, Note from the Director 2 Faculty Notes ................................................3 Carlisle Research Grant Award ................4 Sally & Alan Cone Awards ......................4 American Assoc. of University Women ......4 Diane Gill, Carlisle Professorship ......5 Arda Aghazarian Visit ..........................5 The Art of Public Memory .................6


Equality NC Conference ...............................7 WGS Salons, Love Your Body, New MAs .....8 Alumni Updates .............................................9 VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood) ....10 CACE Conference ........................................10 Friends of WGS ............................................11 New WGS Program Faculty .......................11 Save the Date, WGS Offi ce Staff ...............12


Editor - Ashley Green The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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