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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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Alison Winter, AB’87, Historian of the Mind, 1965–2016

Alison Winter, professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College, died on June 22. She was fifty years old. Her research encompassed the history of sciences of mind, the history of modern medicine, modern British history (especially the Victorian era), and historical issues of gender. Emilio Kourí, chair of the Department of History, expressed the feelings many: “We will all miss her uncommon intelligence, her boundless curiosity, and her joie de vivre.” A memorial service for Alison is planned for autumn quarter.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Gender and Sexuality Studies will graduate 13 majors in 2016 – a record! Congratulations to Jay Bach, Walker Brewer, Aura Chapa, Jennifer Chukwu, Jean Cochrane, Lauren Daurizio, Elizabeth Ellingboe, Clair Fuller, Carson Gaffney, Madison Lands, Kris Rosentel, Sara Rubinstein, and Mallory VanMeeter! Kris Rosentel was the winner of the 2016 Ruth Murray Essay Prize.

Our majors are completing their BA projects with faculty advisers from Anthropology, Art History, English Language and Literature, History, and Sociology. Congratulations as well to our three graduating GSS minors, Helena Ambrose (Linguistics), Sophie Ettinger (Physics), and Dani Wieder (Theater and Performance Studies).

New CSGS Podcast

We're very excited to announce the launch 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 episode is now live and UChicago students can submit stories at bit.ly/csgsradiuspitch.

2016 marks our 20th Anniversary

Thank you to all who participated in celebrating the past 20 years of scholarship at the Center!

We will soon have video of the 20th Anniversary Symposium which will include sessions on the founding and development of the CSGS, the impact of the Center from the viewpoint of our GSS College alumni, the landscape of some faculty scholarship over the last 20 years, and new directions in interdisciplinary and intersectional research from the viewpoint of current graduate students, a graduating senior and a future post-doc. Check back here for the video.

On June 3, 25 former CSGS fellows and current graduate students gathered for the CSGS at 20 Graduate Fellows Reunion, which included a lively networking lunch, a panel on new directions of research and activism and a discussion of the history of the CSGS and our close partner, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (CSRPC). And on June 4, we welcomed alumni, students, faculty, staff and other community members for a celebration for CSGS @ 20 with delicious cocktails and snacks, dancing and cake.

Thank you to the current and former graduate fellows of CSGS who produced a stellar program at the reunion!: Amanda Blair (Ph.D. candidate, Political Science) Joan Blakey (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Kathleen Frederickson (Associate Professor of English, University of California, Davis), Korey Garibaldi (Ph.D. 2016, History), Alison Lefkovitz (Assistant Professor of History, New Jersey Institute of Technology), Sarah Luna (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston), Claire McKinney (Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis), Monica Mercado (Postdoctoral Fellow, Bryn Mawr College), Erin Moore (Ph.D candidate, Comparative Human Development) and Gina Olson (Associate Director (CSGS).

Updates will also be available on our 20th anniversary information page.

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Visit the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture in our renovated space. See our calendar for upcoming events, or just stop by. All are welcome!

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