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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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2016 marks our 20th Anniversary!

The Center is planning a number of events to celebrate and assess the past 20 years of scholarship at UChicago and in the study of gender and sexuality. We welcome UChicago students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other community members to participate.

This fall, we will kick off the celebrations by taking an historical view of gender and sexuality at the University. On November 5, the CSGS will host Hanna Holborn Gray, former president of the University and professor of history emeritus. Professor Gray will discuss the reissue of More than Lore: Reminiscences of Marion Talbot, originally published in 1936, for which she has written a new foreword. And on November 18, we will host a screening of the film Regarding Susan Sontag followed by a discussion led by Professor Deborah Nelson. At this event, we will explore the life and work of the famous writer, filmmaker and political activist, Susan Sontag, AB’51 who is among UChicago’s best known alumni.

Other events in the planning for 2016 are a Spring fellows’ reunion with panel discussions on activism and scholarship inside and outside the academy culminating with a party over Alumni Weekend (June 3-4, 2016), the Feminist Queer Praxis series featuring Gender and Sexuality Studies alum who have gone on to amazing careers in the arts, special distinguished alumni and distinguished faculty lectures, and a symposium featuring some of the Center’s founding faculty and students.

This year we will continue the series on Sexual Violence on Campus. On October 28, the Center will host Jennifer Doyle to speak about her book, “Campus Sex, Campus Security.” And the Precarious Citizenship Series, led by Faculty Director Linda Zerilli, will focus on the attacks on reproductive rights and the implications for the exercise of full citizenship.

Also at the Center this year, our fabulous faculty are planning some great events and series – Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt will lead the LGBTQ Studies Project with an artists’ series, Jennifer Wild will again lead the Counter Cinema/Counter Media project and Kristen Schilt and Patrick Jagoda will organize Alternate Realities and Virtual Worlds, a series on gaming at the Center.

We look forward to seeing you!

Gender and Sexuality Studies is part of the Core curriculum in the College!

All UChicago 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. Read more about Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations here.

Check out this year's course offerings and more about the undergraduate major and the graduate certificate.

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