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Be the Change


Newsletter 2011-12


Women’s & Gender Studies


WGS will soon say goodbye to the extraordinary woman who has been a mainstay of the program since 2002, Carole Lindsey-Potter. As the long-time program administrator, Carole’s contributions to WGS have been immeasurable and instrumental to its growth and achievement.


Carole came to WGS through a circuitous route. After earning a BA in Dance from Adelphi University, and an MFA in Dance from UNCG, she founded , and for 32 years supervised, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation’s City Arts Program. But it was her first job, a faculty position, at Delta State University in Mississippi, that sparked her interest in working to improve social equality. Carole quickly gained a reputation among the students for her acceptance


of racial equality and openness toward diversity. This liberal mindset propelled her to take the program administrator position for WGS in 2002.


From day one, Carole has excelled in her position. Notable among her contributions is WGS’s extended network. She has found every connection imaginable to benefit the program, and because of this WGS leaves a large impression despite its small size. Her contacts have helped fill the WGS Board of Friends, and her networking skills have contributed to the WGS program’s relationships with other campus centers. Not surprisingly, she finds her connection to the WGS faculty, graduate assistants, students, and community the most fulfilling part of her position and daily work. She also emphasizes her enjoyment with event planning and feels this is a special skill she brought to WGS. Carole recognizes that the program would be nothing without the people that contribute to it and she attributes her networking skills within academia and the community to her previous work within the community.


A look back at Carole’s ten years with the program reveals not just her professional achievement, but


personal growth and enjoyment as well. She remembers the first showing of You Don’t Know Dick, a film that chronicles the struggles of transgendered persons, and credits this with changing her outlook on a topic about which she was previously unenlightened. Carole is pleased with how her position at WGS has shaped her societal and world views. At WGS Carole feels she learns something every day.


Although Carole will leave the office, she will join the WGS Board of Friends. Over the course of Carole’s time spent in WGS, she has seen the program develop, adding an MA program, and hopes to see it expand even more. After retirement Carole plans to spend time traveling, visiting her daughter in Hungary, her son in Minnesota, and various family and friends in New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Hawaii. She also hopes to take a few cruises, which is something she and her husband love to do. As a 14 year cancer survivor, Carole will volunteer her time with the American Cancer Society and the Cone Cancer Center.


WGS is grateful for the foundation that Carole Lindsey-Potter has established. Her work, and the positive impact she has had on students, faculty, and community, will serve the program for years to come. Carole’s persistence, skills, and sense of self have created a strong, significant program. Thank you Carole!


TABLE OF CONTENTS


SEWSA 2013..................................................................2 Elizabeth Keathley Awarded NEH Grant .......3 Sarah Colonna, LGBTQ Advocate ...................3 Sally & Alan Cone Awards ..............................4 New MA Students ...............................................4 Diane Gill, Carlisle Professorship ...............5 New Internship Class ...................................5 AAUW .............................................................5 WGS Film Series/Deana Coble ................6 In the Blood - Christine Woodworth ......6 Center for Creative Writing in the Arts ...6


UN Commission on Status of Women ..............7 Equality NC Conference .......................................7 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference ...............7 WGS Salons, Love Your Body Week ..................8 Duncan History Lecture ........................................8 Alumni Updates .....................................................9 New Cross-Appointed Faculty/Faculty Updates .10 Center for Women’s Health and Wellness ......11 WGS Moves to Curry Building .........................11 Program Review Update .....................................11 Save the Date, WGS Office Staff .......................12


Editor - Brittney Anderson


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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