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The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago was established in 1996, after a decade of faculty and student self-organization. It now consolidates work on gender and sexuality, and in feminist, gay and lesbian, and queer studies.

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As we begin a new year, the work we do at the CSGS seems more important than ever. Through our research projects, we challenge orthodoxies and dominant ways of looking at the world; through our teaching, we develop skills of critical inquiry and thought; and through our outreach we promote positive change and encourage connection and action across our campus and in the wider world. We could not do any of this work without the support of our faculty, our students, our alumni and our friends. Thank you.

On January 19th join us, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and other partners on campus as we mark the inauguration of the forty-fifth president of the United States in our own way, with RE:action - a day of resistance and rebuilding, an event designed to reconnect and reinvigorate our community by sharing resources and opportunities for political and social action and by celebrating our strengths, our power and our voices. The day will include an activism fair for members of the UChicago community to connect with local organizations and activist groups working on issues relevant to and with people impacted by the national political climate and a Trump presidency, a book exchange of titles related to radical politics, theory and history, a film screening and an evening celebration.

Throughout the month of February, the Center will run a series called Care@Chicago. The University of Chicago is associated more with rigor, ambition and social division than care and caring: care is traditionally associated with women and emotions, often delegated to the economically hyper-exploited, and not often considered central to the life of ideas. But however unevenly distributed, vulnerability, stress, and compensations for them are everywhere in our immediate as well as larger cultural environment. Care@Chicago will investigate structural stressors and reparative acts and practices for individuals and communities in the contemporary world.

Other highlights coming this quarter: The LGBTQ Studies Project and Artists' Salon will bring to campus E. Patrick Johnson on January 12th and Joshua Chambers-Letson on February 9th. On February 1st, CSGS graduate student fellows have organized Gender, Sexuality, & Pedagogy: A Roundtable, an interactive panel which will explore strategies for and challenges related to teaching gender and sexuality across disciplines. On March 9th, the Center has collaborated with the Film Studies Center on a screening of Sonita, a film about a teenage Afghan rapper and refugee living in Tehran, using her art to address forced marriage practices. The Center is co-sponsoring the Doc Film series, Film and AIDS: Early Queer Responses to the AIDS Epidemic on Mondays this quarter. On March 13th, Kimberley Hoang (Sociology) and Adom Getachew (Political Science) will host a panel on Engendering Global Capitalism at the Center.

The Radius Podcast

Last spring the Center launched of our student-led and produced podcast, The Radius. The podcast is a space to chat about gender and sexuality throughout and beyond campus to the city at large and the field as a whole, from the center to the fringes. Our first two episodes are now available. UChicago students can submit stories at bit.ly/csgsradiuspitch.

Did you know?

All UChicago college students have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental importance of gender and sexuality as analytic categories as part of their general education requirement teaching the introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline. The CSGS offers two sections of a two-quarter civilization sequence taught by our faculty based in a variety of disciplines. Read more about Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations.

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