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

Classroom

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

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2016-2017

Welcome to the Class of 2020!

Founded in 1996, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) at the University of Chicago is a major center for faculty and graduate research and pedagogical training and has developed an extensive undergraduate program in gender and sexuality studies. Areas of faculty interest include gender and sexuality studies in the fields of literature and language, history, political science, biology, sociology, anthropology, economics, visual arts, media studies, human development, law, religion, and medicine. We host classes and workshops, most of our events and community activities in our building at 5733 S University Ave.

Please join us on October 3 from 4:30-6:00pm as we celebrate the beginning of the new year with a Welcome Reception co-hosted with the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. This is a great chance to meet students, faculty and staff also with interests in gender, sexuality and race studies.

On September 28 at 6:15, we join with the IOP, the CSRPC, and other organizations to bring Alicia Garza to the Logan Center. Garza, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, will discuss the national movement’s past, present and future in a wide-ranging discussion about activism and organizing, supporting the voices of black cisgender, transgender and immigrant women, and the totality of black lives.

Christiane Taubira, former Minister of Justice for France and co-founder of the left-wing Guianese party Walwari, will speak on October 10th at 6pm at International House. As Justice Minister, Taubira oversaw fundamental penal reforms that prevent recidivism and promote rehabilitation, and introduced a law that both legalized same-sex marriage in France, and allows same-sex couples to adopt children.

Join us as we host queer punk band PWR BTTM for an afternoon social from 4-6 pm on October 26 in the Community Room at 5733 S. University, with a discussion moderated by Addie Barron.

The Center’s LGBTQ Studies Project and the Artists’ Salon will host Lily Hoang (English, New Mexico State) and Jackie Wang (writer, performer, filmmaker, PhD candidate, Harvard) for a reading and discussion at 4:30pm on October 27 and a collaborative workshop at noon on October 28. Ann Cvetkovich (English and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas, Austin) will discuss her work on “Ordinary Lesbians and Special Collections: The June L Mazer Lesbian Archives at UCLA” and run a writing workshop starting at 4:30pm on November 3.

On November 18 at 7pm, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project welcomes filmmaker Sarah Price (The Yes Men, Summercamp!, American Movie) for a screening and discussion with Professor Jennifer Wild at Logan 201.

And on November 29, the Center, in partnership with the Law School welcomes Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and a tireless activist for women’s healthcare and reproductive freedom. She will deliver the Schwartz Memorial Lecture at the Law School at 4 pm.

CSGS at 20

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, held in May, 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. Video and updates will be available on our 20th anniversary information page.

2015-2016

CSGS at 20

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.

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).

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.

On Thursday-Friday, May 19-20, a 20th Anniversary Symposium will look at the history, impact and future of the Center. A Thursday evening panel will open the symposium looking at the organization and founding of the Center. Friday Panels include a Transformative Texts panel of UChicago faculty about work they generated while at UChicago, program alumni will discuss how gender and sexuality studies impacted their education and how it has informed what they are doing now, and a final panel will expand the discussion on intersectionality and future directions for work in gender and sexuality. Faculty participants will include: Leora Auslander, Lauren Berlant, John Boyer, Jane Dailey, Michael Dawson, Norma Field, Susan Gal, Rochona Majumdar, Debbie Nelson, Kristen Schilt, Geoffrey Stone and Linda Zerilli. Special guests will include George Chauncey, UChicago Professor of History, 1991-2006 (now at Yale) and co-founder of the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project (now LGBTQ Studies) of the CSGS.

A committee of nine former and current graduate students have organized a Reunion of Graduate Fellows of the CSGS at the Center on Friday, June 3 from 12-5pm. The afternoon will include a networking lunch for current and former graduate students, a roundtable on new directions in research and activism, and a panel reflecting on the Center’s history and the impact of interdisciplinary research, teaching and public debate at the University. Current graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend the discussions. Questions about the reunion? Please email Gina Olson at golson@uchicago.edu.

And please join us over Alumni Weekend on Saturday, June 4 from 6-8 pm, for a Cocktail Celebration for CSGS @ 20 Students, staff and faculty, college alumni, and former graduate fellows will gather to celebrate 20 years with food, drinks and music.

Updates to anniversary plans, including schedule details, will be made available on our calendar and 20th anniversary information page.

Undergraduate Summer Internships for 2016

The CSGS is again offering funding for up to four internships at gender- and LGBTQ-related service, educational, or activist organizations in the U.S. The deadline to apply for funding is Friday, February 26, 2016 and this opportunity is open only to UChicago undergergraduate students. Please contact Sarah Tuohey at stuohey@uchicago.edu or 773-702-2365 for more information and to get the application form and guidelines.

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.

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!

2014-2015

Congratulations, GSS Graduates!

The CSGS is proud to present the graduating class of 2015: Jenn David, Rebecca Edwards, Jade Goodwin Carter, Veronica Heap, Clare Koury, Bea Malsky, Emma Stone and Elise Wander. We would also like to congratulate those graduating this year with a GSS minor: Nadine Brown, Mich Elliott, Lyn Han, Zori Paul, and Emily Roznowski. We wish our majors and minors the very best in all their future endeavors!

The 2015 Ruth Murray Essay Prize of the CSGS was awarded to Stephanie Xiao for her paper, “Love in the Time of Chinatown: Marriage, Race, and the Making of the Chinese American Family, 1879-1909.”

Congratulations to these students on the following awards: Rebecca Edwards, Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize (English); Phi Beta Kappa: Mich Elliott, Meaghan Murphy, Emma Stone, Mallory VanMeeter (3rd year), and Elise Wander; and Mallory Van Meeter, Student Marshall.

Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Now Open!

The Center, in partnership with the Special Collections Research Center, is proud to present “Closeted/Out on the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago,” a special exhibition opening April 1 and running through June 12. By delving into the University’s past, and reflecting on the present, we wanted to facilitate a new conversation about the ways in which sexuality, identity, and notions of community shape and are shaped by the intellectual and practical mission of the University. Since the autumn of 2011, we have been engaged in several modes of training, research and discovery to meet this goal: undergraduate coursework, extensive oral history and archival research, collection of new materials, a speaker series, and the development of this exhibition.

Spring Program Highlights

On April 2 Nayan Shah (Professor and Chair, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC and History MA '90, PhD '95) will deliver the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Lecture, “Forcible Feeding and the Crisis of Care in Indefinite Detention.” The talk will explore the visual and visceral experiences of refusing food and the procedure of tube-feeding by force, such as the political mobilization and controversies of medical ethics during the imprisonment of suffragettes in Britain and U.S in the early 20th century and currently with detainees and deportees struggles in South Africa, Guantanamo and Europe.

The Center, along with a number of amazing collaborators, is continuing to develop the Sexual Violence on Campus Series. Please check the series page for updates.

A number of student-led conferences are planned for this quarter: Engendering Change: The Fifth Annual Chicago Area Graduate Gender/Sexualities Conference featuring keynote speaker, C.J. Pascoe on April 11, The Family and the Unfamiliar undergraduate conference on April 17, Masculinities on the British Fringe on April 24 and the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Graduate Working Conference on May 15.

In May, the Counter Cinema/Counter Media Project continues, including a visit from artist Zackary Drucker on May 8. On May 14, the Artists’ Salon will host Ramzi Fawaz on his work on comics and the queer history of the Fantastic Four.

We hope you will join the conversation!

Undergraduate Summer 2015 Internship Program

CSGS Undergraduate Summer Internship applications are out! The CSGS Undergraduate Summer Internship Program will offer up to four off-campus, Chicago-area internships in organizations involved in gender- or sexuality-related service, research, or activism. For more information, please see the Internship Opportunities page.

Winter Program Highlights

The Center has a number of exciting series and events this quarter. The LGBTQ Studies Project in collaboration with 3CT and as part of the series, Sexuality, Power, and the Empirical, will host Glenda Carpio (African and African American Studies/English, Harvard), on February 19 for “On Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety, or The Marvelous Sugar Baby.’” And on March 5, Shaka McGlotten (Media, Society and the Arts, Purchase College, SUNY) will discuss “Black Data” with a workshop the next day.

The Center’s Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Project hosted Anya Jabour (History, University of Montana) in January on her work on the relationships of Sophonisba Breckinridge, Marion Talbot, and Edith Abbott. Jabour’s visit previewed some of the earliest material in the coming special exhibition opening April 1. Read an article in The University of Chicago Magazine about Jabour’s talk here.

Continuing the Sexual Violence on Campus Series, in January the CSGS hosted a townhall meeting with incoming Associate Dean of Students in the University for Disciplinary Affairs, Jeremy Inabinet. In February, we collaborated with Northwestern University to create common reading lists and brought together students, faculty, and staff from both universities to discuss what’s happening on each campus. Stay tuned for more programming and a teach-in on campus sexual violence later this year.

For more information on this quarter’s activities, see our newsletter.

2014-2015

Call for Proposals: Presentations at 4/17/15 student conference “The Family and the Unfamiliar”

Click here for the CFP flier for the CSRPC-CSGS annual student conference. Contact CSRPC-CSGS student affairs administrator Sarah Tuohey (stuohey@uchicago.edu) with questions or ideas!

Stephanie Bi to present at Center on Halsted/Northwestern Conference

Stephanie Bi GSS minor Stephanie Bi’s poster “LGBTQIA Healthcare Disparities: When Who You Love Affects How You Are Treated (And By Your Doctor, Too)” was presented at the 2014 Chicago LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference on October 10, 2014 at the Center on Halsted.

Congratulations!

Several CSGS fellows and graduate student teachers have secured wonderful positions for 2014-15 and beyond. Alisha Jones, 2013-14 CSRPC-CSGS Dissertation Fellow, will be an assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Claire McKinney, 2012-13 CSGS Dissertation Fellow and teacher, will be the American Cultural Studies Postdoctoral Fellow in Family and Intimate Relations at Washington University-St. Louis. Monica Mercado, 2012-13 CSGS Dissertation Fellow, preceptor, teacher, and Co-coordinator of the Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles: A History of LGBTQ Life at the University of Chicago project, will be Director of the The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education at Bryn Mawr College. Emily Remus, 2012-13 CSGS Dissertation Fellow and teacher, will be a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. And finally, Emily Swafford, 2013-14 Residential Fellow and teacher, has already taken up her position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute. Learn more about their work here.

Two GSS majors garner Binyon Prize!

Amber Sollenberger Matthews and Ellen Kladky We are excited to announce that two of our graduating fourth-years, Ellen Kladky and Amber Sollenberger Matthews, are joint recipients of the Millard Pierce Binyon Prize for “distinction in humanistic pursuits in the College community.” The award is an acknowledement of the work they put into the very successful “#followus” project, which was part of Kristen Schilt and Chase Joynt’s yearlong undertaking “Tell Me the Truth,” as well as for Amber’s establishment of the zine-making workshop “Communist Crafting” and Ellen’s coordination of “Queer Art Night.” Their work – joint and independent — on of these programs and events demonstrates Ellen’s and Amber’s strong commitment to the interaction of art and social justice-oriented politics.

NEH Award goes to Sonali Thakkar

We are happy to announce that Sonali Thakkar, CSGS Faculty Affiliate, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers to support her project “Race, Religion, and Holocaust Memory in the Literature of Postwar European Diasporic Communities.” Sonali is an Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature who trained as a comparatist and whose work focuses on global Anglophone and postcolonial literatures as well as contemporary transnational culture. She has worked closely with the center for the past few years, serving as part of the faculty group that created the two-quarter core sequence “Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations” and as one of the two instructors in the inaugural quarter of this sequence. You can read more about Sonali Thakkar at http://english.uchicago.edu/faculty/thakkar.

Congratulations to Monica Mercado!

We are delighted to spread the news that Monica Mercado has been appointed the Director of the The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education at Bryn Mawr College. Monica, who will complete her PhD in History this spring, has contributed to CSGS in a variety of ways. She is currently the co-coordinator of the Closeted/Out in the Quadrangles Project at the Center, and she has held a CSGS dissertation fellowship as well as serving as a preceptor and frequent teacher of free-standing courses, including “"Sex and Sexualities in Modern US History" and “Queer on the Quads: Uncovering LGBTQ History at the University of Chicago.” To read more about Monica’s work and new position, click here!

...and to Emily Swafford!

We are also delighted to pass on the news that, beginning in April, Emily Swafford will be joining the GHI as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on her second project, Ambassadors in Pigtails: U.S. Girl Scouts and the Transnational Cold War, 1950-1989. This project examines the entangled narratives of these two sometimes opposed organizations—a national military dedicated to defending America’s interests and a youth movement that pitched peaceful internationalism—even while both were simultaneously engaged in producing and reproducing an American "way of life" on foreign soil. Emily’s first project, her doctoral dissertation in the History Department, also an examination of American-German relations, is titled "Democracy‘s Proving Ground: U.S. Military Families in West Germany Between World War II and Vietnam." Emily has been invaluable to CSGS this year, holding a residential fellowship and serving as a teaching intern in the autumn civilization sequence and as a co-teacher for “Problems in the Study of Sexuality” in winter. We are sorry to lose Emily before the end of the academic year but very happy about her new position!

Congratulations to Kathy Forde!

Please join us in congratulating Kathy Forde, Assistant Dean of Students in the College and liaison to the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, who is the recipient of a University of Chicago 2014 Diversity Leadership Award for her work creating the College’s LGBTQ Mentoring Program, helping establish the 5710 diversity center, and in general contributing to the quality of life for students at the university. See more here.




Bertram Cohler, psychologist and esteemed teacher, 1938-2012

Hillary Chute, English professor and Director of CSGS' Artists Salon interviews cartoonist Alison Bechdel.

Where Are the Women? Sociologist Kristen Schilt explores gender differences that shape academic career decisions

James C. Hormel, JD'58, shares his private and public battles.

Coverage of Catharine MacKinnon's visit hosted by CSGS.

Rebecca Zorach, Art History professor and Director of CSGS' Social Media Project comments on "Why computer voices are mostly female"