Symposium to mark 20 years of gender and women's studies at Grinnell College

GRINNELL, IA—Grinnell College will celebrate the 20th anniversary of gender and women’s studies at the college with a Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Symposium on Apr. 9-10 on the Grinnell campus.

The symposium will feature student and alumni panels examining women, men, gender, sexuality, and feminist theory across time periods and cultures, as well as a showing of the film “Dear Lemon Lima,” recent winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and a discussion with the film’s director, Suzi Yoonessi. (Note: Film location has changed. It will now be shown in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.)

Gender and women’s studies became an interdisciplinary concentration at Grinnell in 1989, and a major in gender, women’s and sexuality studies was approved by the faculty in 2009. The new major draws on courses from across the college’s three divisions to examine gender issues across time periods and cultures.

All events take place in the Forum South Lounge unless otherwise specified and will include:

  • Apr. 9 at 4:15 p.m.: Gayle Salamon, a 1994 Grinnell graduate, will present the keynote address on “Thinking Intersex.”
  • Apr. 10, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Student panel on “Film and Media Studies.” 
  • Apr. 10, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Student panel on “Social Movements/Global Feminisms.”
  • Apr. 10, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Student panel on “Sexuality Studies/Queer Theory.”

Apr. 10, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.: A panel of alumni, professors, and current students will speak on “The History of Gender and Women’s Studies at Grinnell.” Panelists include Roberta Atwell, professor emerita of education and one of the founders of the program at Grinnell; Salamon, presenter of the symposium’s keynote address and assistant professor of English at Princeton University; Aaron Scott, a 2003 Grinnell graduate; Vanessa Gennarelli, a 2005 Grinnell graduate; and Grinnell senior Erica Hougland.

Apr. 10, 8 p.m.: Filmmaker Suzi Yoonessi will screen her prep-school comedy “Dear Lemon Lima” in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts. Yoonessi will answer questions and discuss the film after the screening. Sponsored by the Cultural Films Committee. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities.

This symposium is sponsored by Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and the Louise R. Noun Program for Women’s Studies. Forum South Lounge is located at 1119 6th Ave on the Grinnell College campus. The Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at 1108 Park St.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 06:30
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