WGS Film Series
WGS films enhance the WGS curriculum and facilitate discussion. The fall series began with One Nation, Under God, a film about right wing curative therapies for homosexuality. Discussants were Sarah Cervenak and Danielle Bouchard. Made Over in America, with discussion led by Beth Walker, evaluated the culture of surgical makeovers in America. Training Rules was led by discussant Kathy Jamieson, examining Rene Portland and her three rules, “No Drinking, No Drugs, No Lesbians” for the Penn State Lady Lions.
12th and Delaware kicked off the spring film series and commemorated the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. Presented by a representative from NARAL, the film gave a glimpse of a pro-life pregnancy care center strategically positioned across the street from a pro-choice abortion clinic. Kings and Queens, with discussant and filmmaker Deana Coble, delved into the world of drag. The Devil Wears Prada, with discussant Channelle James, explored leadership styles. AAUW hosted Miss Representation, which critiques the media’s portrayal of women as well as the depiction of what it means to be a woman of power in America today, and Iron Jawed Angels, a profile of the struggles of the first wave of feminism in conjunction with the suffrage movement.
Dr. Christine Woodworth to Direct In the Blood
This April, Dr. Christine Woodworth will direct In the Blood by playwright and screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks. Parks’ play is a contemporary adaptation of The Scarlet Letter, exchanging the lead character Hester, an adulterous religious and social outcast, with a homeless black mother of five children. Dr. Woodworth is excited to bring this play to the UNCG stage because the play presents the complexities of poverty in a manner that is contemporary and relatable, giving it the potential to connect with a wide array of constituencies. The main character’s experiences illustrate how institutional systems that intend to help those on the margins of society can sometimes fail to do so.
With a cast of only six, each actor will play one of Hester’s children as well as an adult. As a professor and researcher of Feminist Theatre and WGS faculty member, Dr. Woodworth is pleased to direct In the Blood because of its various feminist issues, such as sexual exploitation of the disenfranchised, the perils of poverty, homelessness and illiteracy for women, and most notably, forced sterilization. See In the Blood in the Brown Building Theatre April 17-22, 2012.
Deana Coble Kings and Queens
If you ask filmmaker Deana Coble why she chose to create Kings and Queens, a documentary about drag families in Greensboro, NC, she will tell you her search began with a desire to figure out what love really is. Deana sought out two drag families to investigate, exploring their culture, relationships, and capacities to love and accept each other and themselves. Rather than focusing on challenges faced by individual cast members or by the LGBTQ communities that are their strongest bases of support, the film takes a positive, confident approach, emphasizing how love provides a support system for drag families.
The film was screened at EUC Auditorium, Wednesday, February 8th at 7 pm. Deana and several cast members held a question and answer session followed by a reception hosted by WGS. The self-disclosures and honesty of the cast moved the audience to tears, laughter, and inner reflection. Deana urges people who see the film to apply its message of self-acceptance to their own lives, especially to realize how mundane some insecurities can be. Deana is the president of WGS Friends.
Center for Creative Writing in the Arts Dr. Emily D. Edwards, Director
Created in 2005, the Center for Creative Writing in the Arts provides support for campus and community literacy and creative writer education programs. It’s mission is to be a forum for multidisciplinary creative collaboration and to provide networking, assistance, and encouragement for artists whose creative work originates with the written word.
Center Director Dr. Emily D. Edwards, a professor in the Department of Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, has experience as a writer, director, and producer of more than seventeen films including narrative feature films, documentaries, animations, and experimental films. Edwards has taught Intro to Women’s Studies and Gender and Media Culture. Her article, “Webs We Weave: Women’s Pleasures in Spider-Man’s Journeys,” is currently in press.
Under her leadership, the Center has been involved in a number of campus multidisciplinary creative endeavors. Dr. Edwards plans for the Center to be involved with the 2013 Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference to be held at UNCG. To find out more about the Center, visit www.uncg. edu/aas/ccwa/.
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