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WGS 50th Anniversary


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WGS at USF is excited to spend this year celebrating our 50th Anniversary. Back in 1972, Juanita Williams founded the Women’s Studies Program at USF and in 1987, USF became the first university in Florida to offer the bachelor's degree in Women’s Studies. We look forward to spending the year sharing some of our history, the history of feminist movements since 1972, and celebrating where Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is heading in its next fifty years. Please join us for our upcoming events!



Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! Art Exhibition
October 24, 2022 - January 27, 2023
CMC 202 (Department of Women's & Gender Studies)
For fall semester viewing, email us for schedule and appointment requests.

WGS will be hosting an in-person exhibit of selected pieces from the online JAM Humanities art exhibition, Reproductive Justice is for Everyone!

Artists include: Liza Brenner, Rose Briccetti, Danqi Cai, Jennifer Caputo Seidler, Sam Carwyn, Miranda Darling, Taylor Jackson, Rudi Jie-A-Fa, Baileigh Johnson, Yewande Kotun Davis, Angela Masker, Melissa Meade, Luca Molnar, Ashley Rivera, Jude Wolff Ackroyd, Anna Yang.

Spring Semester
  • WGS Brown Bag Series: The Caste of our Commons: Political Entrepreneurialism and Social Structure, with Dr. Vrinda Marwah on January 24, 2023 from 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Soweto Pride Photo Exhibition opens on February 6, 2023 in CMC 202
  • Soweto Pride Talk with Dr. Dan Conway on February 8, 2023 at 5:30pm
  • World Day of Social Justice Art Exhibition from February 13-23, 2023 in Centre Gallery / Marshall Center
  • WGS 50th Anniversary Celebration on March 3, 2023 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • A Crunk Feminist Lecture with Dr. Susana Morris in March, 2023 (Date TBA)
  • A Crunk Feminist Writing Workshop with Kitchen Table Literary Arts in April, 2023 (Date TBA)

Past Events

Book Launch for The Power and Freedom of Black Feminist and Womanist Pedagogy: Still Woke by Dr. Gary Lemons and Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez 
November 16, 2022 from 4pm-6pm 
CMC 202 (Department of Women's & Gender Studies)

The Department of Women's and Genders Studies will host the launch of Dr. Gary Lemons and Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez new book, The Power and Freedom of Black Feminist and Womanist Pedagogy: Still Woke. The event is co-sponsored by USF Department of English, Institute on Black Life, School for Interdisciplinary Studies and Humanities Institute.

Living Feminisms Conference
October 28, 2022 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
TECO Hall (Education Building)

This conference will gather together USF undergraduate and graduate students along with USF faculty, and will feature research that engages the histories, politics, and possibilities of living feminist lives. The conference is part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the Department of Women's & Gender Studies.

11:00am-6:00pm / Posters & Artwork: On Display Throughout Conference Day

  • Catherine Clark / Art: Our Little Slice Of Heaven
  • Alyssa Duurloo / Art: Male Gaze v. Women’s Liberation
  • Delaney Neville / Art: Woman Protect Woman
  • Joel Alvarez / Philosophy: Leibniz, Concepts, and Gender Identity
  • Meera Nagpal / Medicine: Narrative Medicine as a Tool to Improve Comfort with Female Sexual and Reproductive Health and An Analysis of Transgender Crowdfunding in the Context of State-Led Anti-Trans Legislation
  • Zachary Rashas / Psychology: Unfriendly, Unqualified, and Undifferentiated: Examining Attitudes and Stereotype Content Towards People with Intersectional Identities
  • Jasmine Spires / WGS: Able-Bodied Privilege on University of South Florida's Tampa Campus

11:00am-12:15pm / Representation, World-Traveling, Healing
Panel Chair: Beth Gaines

  • Dr. Jonina Anderson-Lopez / English: "They All Look the Same": Diversity and Television
  • Dr. Gary Lemons / English: The Bridge to Pro-Feminist Alliance-Building: A Call to CHAT (Community Healing through Activist Transformation)
  • Sabeehah Ravat / WGS: Playing with Gender: Intelligibility, Epistemology, and World-Travelling
  • Juyeon Shin / WGS: Analyzing “intersectionality” in the Reproductive Justice Movement: An Exploration of the Intersectional Approaches of Nonprofit Organizations in the United States
  • Joseph Wood / Philosophy: "Nor the hope of the poor be taken away": Pauli Murray & the Limits of Liberation Theology

12:30pm-1:45pm / The Violences of Pathologization
Panel Chair: Tasnim Mahbuba Rahman

  • Beth Gaines / WGS: Going Flat: Challenging Gender, Stigma, and Cure through Lesbian Breast Cancer Experience
  • Stephanie Ladue & Macie Mullins / WGS: Experiences of the Medical System's Approach to Eating Disorder Care
  • Lindsay Rodriguez / WGS: Colonial Gender Systems on the Medicalization of Trans and Intersex Individuals
  • Alissa Roy / History: The Survivors Memorial and Sexual Violence Work
  • Dr. David Rubin / WGS: The Biopolitics of Transnational Intersex Humor

2:00pm-3:15pm / Developing Transnational Feminisms
Panel Chair: Beth Gaines

  • Shumaila Fatima / Sociology: Thwarting Feminism by Obstructing Women's Education 
  • Deborah Omontese / WGS: Gender Inequality and Patriarchy in the Nigerian Society: The Way Forward
  • Shaye Soifoine / Anthropology: Central African Refugee Women’s Experiences of Life in Tampa, Florida: Locating Race, Gender, and Labor within the US Refugee Resettlement System 
  • Bobbie Straughter / Sociology: You’re a feminist? But how if you sell sex? : or the views of western feminism and the negative impacts it has on sex workers in Africa and India
  • Chizobam Ugboaja / Biomedical Sciences: Incorporating Inclusivity in Conversations Surrounding Domestic Violence for West African Women

3:30pm-4:45pm / Alumni Conversation: Real Talk About Doing Feminist & Queer Work in the World
WGS alumni panel discussion with:

  • Aurelie Colon Larrauri, Florida State Policy Advocate at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
  • Yordanos Molla, Deputy Field Director at Equality Florida
  • Prin Ocea, LGBTQ+ Programs Coordinator at Metro Inclusive Health

5:00pm-6:00pm / Living Feminisms Reception
Join us in TECO Hall for light refreshments and conversation following the conference.

Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! Art Exhibition Opening Reception
October 24, 2022 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
CMC 202 (Department of Women's & Gender Studies)

Join us for a first look at the Reproductive Justice is for Everyone! in-person art exhibition. Open house - no registration required.

Past, Present, and Future Survival: An Anti-Racist Writing Workshop
October 19, 2022 from 3:30 to 5:00pm
TECO Hall in the Education Building (Tampa)

Join the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies’ Justice Guild as we partner with Kitchen Table Literary Arts for an anti-racist writing workshop. The workshop features poetry by Audre Lorde and Morgan Parker; each selection exploring the intersections of past and present in way that challenge our individual and communal definitions of survival. Close reading and interactive writing exercises encourage all participants to explore their own unique voice while creating opportunities to build bridges across communities. We are living through perilous times, and now more than ever, cultivating our writer’s voice seems of paramount concern. Regardless of where you are on your writing journey, we invite you to join us in community as we practice the craft of writing.

Sheree L. Greer is a writer, artist, teacher, and publisher living in Tampa, Florida. In 2014, she founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women of color writers and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms, a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and a student writing guide, Stop Writing Wack Essays. Her work has been published in First Bloom Anthology, LezTalk Anthology, VerySmartBrothas, Autostraddle, The Windy City Times, Bleed Literary Journal, and the Windy City Queer Anthology: Dispatches from the Third Coast. Sheree has received a Union League of Chicago Civic Arts Foundation award, earned her MFA at Columbia College Chicago, and is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, Yaddo fellow, and Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow. Her essay, "Bars" published in Fourth Genre Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and notably named in Best American Essays 2019, and her latest essay, "None of this is Bullshit" was published at The Rumpus and featured in "Memoir Mondays.”

Muslim Alums, Living Our Feminist Lives
A Roundtable Lunchtime Conversation Honoring the WGS 50th Anniversary
Sponsored by WGS Alumni Group UWAG
September 7, 2022 at 12:00pm-1:45 EST
Event was hosted virtually in Microsoft Teams

Join us for a conversation with some of our favorite grads out in the world living their Muslim feminist lives with aplomb as they navigate challenges and celebrate achievements in a world where intersections of sexism, racism, homophobia, nationalist populism, and Islamophobia persist.

Aslı Aygüneş (she/her, WGS MA 2017) is currently in the last stage of her doctoral dissertation in Gender Studies at Sabanci University in Istanbul. Her academic work focuses on emotional/affective experiences of feminist activists who actively engage in women’s movement in Turkey. As a young feminist activist-scholar living in Turkey, a conservative, patriarchal, and authoritarian country, Aslı’s work foregrounds the ways feelings can help us understand and navigate our daily experiences as feminists/activists.

Tasnim M. Rahman (she/her, WGS MA anticipated 2023) is the panel’s hosting facilitator. She is completing her WGS MA with an internship at an international development organization. She already has a master’s in Development Studies and comes to USF on hiatus from her career in the South Asian development and nonprofit sector. She studies development and non-profit communication designed to assist Indigenous communities, improve representation, and advance transnational networks.

Sabeehah Ravat (they/them, WGS MA 2022) focuses their research on embodied sociality, or how people engage with structures of race, gender, religion, and migration within their own bodies and how this impacts their social experiences and mobility. A denizen of Tampa, Sabeehah is particularly interested the future of gender in sport. They also research queer Muslim identity and politics, particularly in relation to South Asian feminist perspectives, as well as the ways kinship is constructed and navigated in different queer communities.

Rakshinda Shah (she/her, WGS MA 2015) graduated with a WGS MA in 2015. She just finished a postgraduate certificate in Human Resources Management in Toronto, where she lives with her partner and 7-year-old. Before shifting her career goals to human resources diversity, equity, and inclusion, her academic and professional work focused on girls and women in education, including working with so-called at-risk girls in the U.S. and advocating on behalf of girl-child education in South Asia.