2000 grads

The first graduating class of Gender Studies majors in 2000

Leila Ahmed

Lelia Ahmed gives a lecture in May 2012

Alison Bechdel and student

Alison Bechdel speaks with a student at an exhibition of her work

Lauren Berlant and Mel Chen

Professor Lauren Berlant introducing guest speaker Mel Chen

Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt

Professors Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt participate in a zine making workshop

Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel

Professor Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel


Students participate in a classroom discussion at CSGS

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

2011 fellows

CSGS Fellows in 2011

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Student question

A student asks a question after a talk by Kimberly Peirce in October 2011

Annual Lectures

Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Each winter CSGS hosts the Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring University of Chicago faculty doing innovative interdisciplinary work. On Tuesday, March 1, Martha Nussbaum (Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics) delivered the 2016 lecture titled, "Disgust or Equality? India's Battle over Sexual Orientation Law":

India decriminalized sodomy in 2009 in a resonant Delhi High Court case known as Naz Foundation, which held the laws to be similar to caste discrimination based on bodily disgust. In 2013, however, the Supreme Court reinstated the sodomy laws. My lecture first sets out the underlying theory of disgust and stigma that I have used previously to analyze U. S. constitutional cases, and which is similar to the theory used in Naz Foundation. I then examine the social background for both the progressive Naz Foundation opinion and the resistance to it. Finally, I look closely at the legal reasoning in the two cases.

As part of its tenth anniversary celebration in 2006, the Center renamed this annual lecture to honor Iris Marion Young. Young was a professor of political science at the University of Chicago and was affiliated with the Center and the Human Rights program. She was a widely known and well-respected contemporary political and feminist social theorist, concerned with normative analysis of public policy. Learn more about Iris Marion Young.

Past speakers include: Jennifer Cole (Comparative Human Development), Deborah Nelson (English), Susan Gal (Anthropology), Leora Auslander (History), Cathy J. Cohen (Political Science), Mary Anne Case (Law), Lauren Berlant (English), Christine Stansell (History), Martha McClintock (Psychology/Comparative Human Development), Jean Comaroff (Anthropology), Amy Hollywood (Divinity), George Chauncey (History), Wendy Doniger (Divinity), Jacqueline Bhabha (Human Rights), and Saba Mahmood (Anthropology.)

Distinguished Alumnae/i Lectures

Each Spring, the CSGS welcomes a UChicago alumnae/i working in the field of gender and sexuality back to present their work. On Wednesday, April 6, Esther Newton, AM ’66, PhD ’68 delivered the 2016 Distinguished Alumnae/i Lecture: "How a Chicago Grad Student Survived the Closet: 1962-1968" from her forthcoming memoir, My Butch Career: A Queer Life in Anthropology (New York: St. Martin's Press).