Events

August

First Day of Fall 2015 Classes

Monday, August 31, 2015
Fall 2015 courses begin. Regular check-in begins for waitlist and holdfile; check-in daily to remain on list. For a list of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered, please visit our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at http://ter.ps/meetJV

September

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 7, 2015
Campus is closed.

Quelcome
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 4pm, Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Formerly “Lavender Convocation,” Quelcome is the University of Maryland’s campus-wide welcome (and welcome back) for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied communities within our students, staff, and faculty.

Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Monday, September 14, 2015
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the fall semester.

A Conversation with Angela Davis
“Radical Simply Means ‘Grasping Things at the Root'”
Sponsored by the Vo!ces of Social Change

Thursday, September 24, 2015, doors open at 5:30pm, Grand Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Tickets will be available starting Monday, September 7 at The Stamp Ticket Office by Hoff Theater. No ID required. Limit one ticket per person.

As a feminist and civil rights activist, Davis’ life has revolved around resistance to injustices, reminding us all to contest the narrative that change has only come as a result of heroic individuals, and instead recognize ourselves as part of a collective movement. Davis uses her world-renowned voice to advocate for the abolishment of the prison industry complex, which she argues is the “most dramatic example of the destructive tendencies of global capitalism.”

October

Institute for Technology: Transformative Digital Humanities Conference and THATCamp

Friday-Saturday, October 2-3, 2015, University of Maryland
This interdisciplinary gathering will explore the uses of digital technologies for transformative social justice through research, pedagogy, and creative practice both within and beyond academia. The two-day event will begin with a day of presentations and workshops featuring speakers whose work combines technological practice with scholarship, activism, and/or art that focuses on feminism, queer studies, and/or critical ethnic studies. The second day will use a collaborative, impromptu ‘unconference’ format in which participants learn and create together in sessions proposed on the spot.

Confirmed speakers include:
KEYNOTE, Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture and Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan;
PLENARY: Moya Bailey (Postdoctoral Fellow, Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University); Anne Cong-Huyen (Digital Scholar, Digital Liberal Arts Center, Whittier College); Alexis Lothian (Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies, University of Maryland); and Amanda Phillips (IMMERSe Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis).

For more details visit the conference website http://transformdh.org/2015-conference-thatcamp/

Interventions 2015: Women’s Studies in Action
Hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association

Special Performance: Friday, October 23, 2015 by Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale
Symposium: Saturday, October 24, 2015, University of Maryland
Keynote Address: Dr. Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

 

November

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Sunday, November 15, 2015
Graduate students enrolled in other graduate degree programs at the University of Maryland are eligible to apply for the graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. The Certificate requires a minimum of 18 credit hours which provides students with an integrative and interdisciplinary academic encounter with the contributions and challenges of feminist inquiry, as well as supports student’s particular research specialty. See more information about the Graduate Certificate and how to apply.

Fall Holiday Break

Thursday, November 26 – 29, 2015
Campus is closed.

December

Apply for the Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Dr. Rowley, Graduate Director mrowley1@umd.edu or Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor choward3@umd.edu.

Our doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in innovative and dynamic scholarship on women, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Our department is a site where the systematic study and development of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies is encouraged. Our students pursue their inquiries drawing on both historical and contemporary contexts, and we strongly encourage independent research and course work that engage questions of difference and power.

Our Ph.D. program offers five overlapping areas of emphasis:

  • Gender, Race, Racialization, and/or Diaspora Studies;
  • Women’s Movements, Global and Local;
  • Bodies, Genders, Sexualities;
  • Gendered Labor: Households and Communities;
  • Art, Culture, Technologies, and Social Change

See more information about application requirements, including frequently asked questions. Contact Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor (choward3@umd.edu) or Dr. Michelle V. Rowley (mrowley1@umd.edu) with any additional questions.

Last Day of Fall 2015 Classes

Friday, December 11, 2015
Final exams are scheduled from Monday, December 14 through Saturday, December 19. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

January

First Day of Spring 2016 Classes

Monday, January 25, 2016
Fall 2015 courses begin. Regular check-in begins for waitlist and holdfile; check-in daily to remain on list. For a list of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered, please visit our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at http://ter.ps/meetJV

February

Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Friday, February 5, 2016
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.

March

Spring Break, Sunday, March 13 – Sunday, March 20, 2016

May

Last Day of Spring 2016 Classes

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Final exams are scheduled from Thursday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 18. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

April

A Conversation with Laverne Cox
Sponsored by the Vo!ces of Social Change

Monday, April 11, 2016, 6-7:30pm, Grand Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Laverne Cox is an American actress, reality television star, television producer, and LGBT advocate, best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, for which she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category.