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WGS and Political Art and the Public Sphere

The longstanding ECCE Speaker Series program Political Art and the Public Sphere is all about sex, gender and sexuality for Fall 2010. Organized by Richard Gilman-Opalsky (Political Science). All screenings: 6 p.m. Brookens Auditorium in the basement of Brookens LIbrary. Free to the public!

The Shape of Water still -20 September: Associate Professor and Chair of WGS, Heather Dell, facilitates a discussion of the film The Shape of Water, about grassroots women’s activism in the Global South.

Boy I Am

-18 October: Assistant Professor of WGS, Mike Murphy, facilitates a discussion of the film Boy I Am about female-to-male transfolk in New York City.

Outrage poster

-15 November: Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, Jason Pierceson, facilitates a discussion of the film Outrage about closeted gay politicians who oppose gay and lesbian rights.


Diversity Center Hires Director of LGBTQ Resource Office

WGS is delighted to welcome Kerry Poynter as the first DIrector of the LGBTQ Resource Office in the UIS Diversity Center. Kerry’s position is the product of over 15 years hardwork by students, staff and faculty. He comes to us with experience at Duke University, NYU, and Columbia. Read more about Kerry and the leadership he provides for LGBTQ students.


hinda Scholarly Update

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, WGS assistant professor Dr. Hinda Seif wrote a report on Latino immigrant youth civic education and engagement. This was prepared for the Latino Migrant Civic and Political Participation Study of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Mexico Institute in Washington, D.C.

Professor Seif, WGS Graduate Assistant Jimmy Peterson (2009-10), and students from the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and the WGS Department have been interviewing Illinois youth who participated in the 2006 immigration reform protests. Our preliminary findings were presented in March, 2010 at the Society for Applied Anthropology 70th Annual Meeting in Mérida, Mexico with the theme of “Vulnerabilities and Exclusion in Globalization.” Along with serving as faculty advisor for the UIS Organization of Latin American Students, (OLAS), this research is helping to familiarize Seif with Latina/o and immigrant communities in Illinois.

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