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Women’s & Gender Studies Salons

WGS Salons encourage lively debate and discussion among faculty, staff, students, and community members on topics relevant to academic scholarship, community involvement, and personal lives. For the first Salon of 2011-2012, WGS partnered with the Office of Multicultural Affairs to tackle the initiative to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina, and its potential consequences. The discussion was facilitated by Multicultural Affairs’ Graduate Assistant for LGBTQ Advocacy and Outreach, Sarah Colonna, with contributions from Equality NC field coordinator Chris Speer. The discussion covered how the bill would impact heterosexual and homosexual couples alike, and ultimately how it

would affect the institution of marriage. Participants discussed how to mobilize their communities to fight the bill and how to stay motivated in the face of adversity. The second Salon of the semester focused on the pop star Rihanna. WGS graduate assistants Brittney Anderson and Connie Miller and WGS undergraduate major Yasmeen Chism facilitated a discussion on issues of sexuality, violence, and deviance associated with the artist’s personal and public personas. Participants were eager to discuss issues of authorial intent and responsibility, and consumer interpretation. If you have ideas or would like to be in future Salons, contact the WGS office at (336) 224-5673 or by email to

Love Your Body Week-October 17-21, 2011

Love Your Body Week is a yearly national event that includes celebratory and educational activities concerning the body, gender and sexuality, and health and well-being. This year WGS and Student Health Services collaborated to provide activities for the UNCG community. WGS sponsored an information table in EUC. Students were invited to post answers to the question, “What do you love about your body?” on life- sized, body- shaped cardboard cutouts. Student Health Services sponsored symbolic burials of personal body image concerns, and a discussion by Sebrina Cooke-Davis, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, on adolescent mothers, body image, and parent-child interactions. WGS faculty member Beth Walker presented Made Over in America, a documentary film on plastic surgery. Discussants denounced harmful images of women’s bodies in the media, while encouraging women to feel better about their bodies.


2012 Duncan Women’s History Lecture Focuses on SNCC Civil Rights Efforts

The 2012 Duncan Women’s History Lecture, Women in the Civil Rights Movement: Personal Experiences from SNCC was held March 19th at 4 pm in the Virginia Dare room of the UNCG Alumni House. This year’s program featured a panel of women civil rights activists who were part of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the late 1960s. The lecture expounded upon how women contributed to this historically significant social movement. The Duncan Women’s History Lecture series was established through UNCG’s History Department by Dr. Lisa Levenstein, Associate Professor, History Department and Women’s and Gender Studies, in Spring 2010. Through generous donations, the lecture series was initially funded for three years. The History Department welcomes donations for the continuation of this program which has proven enlightening to students, faculty, and community.

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