Registration for Spring 2015 Classes is Underway

Seats are still available in many courses, including, but not limited to:

WMST 211 Women in American Since 1880
WMST 255 Reading Women Writing
WMST 275 World Literature By Women
WMST 298F Gender and Financial Well-Being
WMST 325 Sociology of Gender
WMST 336 Psychology of Women
WMST 471 Women’s Health
WMST 494 Lesbian Communities and Differences
WMST 498O Global Sexed Tourism
WMST 498W Sex, Gender, and Jewish Identity
WMST 498X Doing Social Justice Research

See the list of Spring 2015 WMST course offerings. Want more information? Schedule an advising appointment today!

Call for Papers – Queer Speculations

Deadline for submission of materials: January 16, 2015
Conference will be held Friday, April 17, 2015

We invite proposals for presentations at QUEER SPECULATIONS, the 8th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the various speculative practices queer theory, politics, and life engage, and the kinds of queer speculations about queer bodies, objects, feelings, pasts, futures, utopias, dystopias, and transformations that are emerging. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students, a buffet lunch, and a plenary session featuring Ramzi Fawaz (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Shanté Paradigm Smalls (St. John’s University), whose work is expanding the field of scholarship on queerness and race in speculative cultural production.

The day will culminate with a keynote address by Juana María Rodríguez, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Rodriguez is author of Sexual Futures: Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press, 2014) which speculates about the world-making practices of queer of color femme intimacies and embodiments. Her other publications include Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU, 2003) and numerous articles related to her research in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latina/o and Caribbean Studies.


First Day of Spring 2015 Classes

Monday, January 26, 2015


Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tale of Slavery and Power

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 5-7pm, exhibit opening reception, 1214 Cole Student Activities Building, David C. Driskell Center
Kara Walker is one of the most successful and widely known contemporary African American artists today, remarkable for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender, and sexuality, and for the media with which she pursues her studies. Her work pries apart and examines the injustices that African Americans have faced throughout the long and tumultuous history of the United States. She explores power relationships in American society through the vehicle of representations of slavery, race, sexuality, violence, and gender set in the antebellum South. The works, which are inventive and painful, but also satirical and humorous, were selected for the show to display the range of approaches Walker has taken in exploring the legacy of slavery for contemporary American identity. The exhibition features about 60 works; along with Walker’s signature black paper cutout silhouettes, an array of prints, a wall installation, and a video will also be showcased. The exhibition will be on display at the Driskell Center until Friday, May 29th 2015.

Pedro A. Noguera,”Racial Inequality and American Education: Policies, Practicies and Politics”
Odis Johnson, Jr., “Why Did Convergence of the Achievement Gap Stop? Residency, Race, and Inequality”

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 2pm, 2203 Art-Sociology
Part of the Structural Racism and Root Causes of Prejudice Series, presented by the Baha’i Chair for World Peace

Event Flyer with names of presenters and titles of lectures

End of Schedule Adjustment

Friday, February 6, 2015
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.

Alice Goffman, “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City”

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 12-1:30pm, Margaret Brent Room, Stamp Student Union
Part of the 2014-2015 Guest Lecture Series, “Life Course and Obstacles to the Opportunity Structure,” sponsored by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) in collaboration with Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC)

The event is open to the public but registration is required. Please RSVP.

An urban ethnographer who grew up in Philadelphia, Alice Goffman is the author of the book On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. The book is the result of six years studying the effects of the War on Crime and Drugs in a disadvantaged neighborhood of her home city. She teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Michael Kimmel,”Mars, Venus, or Planet Earth? Women & Men on Campus in a New Milennium”

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 2pm, Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
Part of the Spring 2015 Lecture Series, presented by the Baha’i Chair for World Peace

We’re often told that men and women are so different we might as well come from different planets. In this engaging and entertaining lecture, Michael Kimmel strips away those myths and suggests that women and men aren’t so different after all. Surveying the landscape of current controversies about gender, he shows how men and women are transforming our campus and our culture — and why gender equality is actually a good thing for men! Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University, NY.


Farzaneh Milani,”Iranian Women Writers: A Moderating and Modernizing Force

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3pm, Atrium, Stamp Student Union
Part of the Spring 2015 Lecture Series, presented by the Baha’i Chair for World Peace

Farzaneh Milani is Raymond J. Nelson Professor and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures and former Director of Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia. She has published several books, most recently Words, not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2011; co-winner of Latifeh Yarshater Award), and over one hundred articles, epilogues, forewords, and afterwords in both Persian and English. She has served as the guest editor for special issues of Nimeye-Digar, Persian Language Feminist Journal, IranNameh and Iranian Studies: Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies. She has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Ms. Magazine, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and contributed to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She has presented 240 lectures nationally and internationally. A past president of the Association of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies in America and a Carnegie Fellow, Milani was the recipient of the All University Teaching Award in 1998 and nominated for Virginia Faculty of the Year in 1999

Jamie Fader

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12-2pm
Part of the 2014-2015 Guest Lecture Series, “Life Course and Obstacles to the Opportunity Structure,” sponsored by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) in collaboration with Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC)

Jamie Fader, the author of Falling Back: Incarceration and Transitions to Adulthood Among Urban Youth, focuses on the intersections of crime, justice, and social (especially racial) inequalities. She teaches in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany.

Panel Discussion, “Emancipating the Past: Unchain the Future”

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 3-6pm, 1207 Cole Student Activities Building, David C. Driskell Center
Participants in the discussion include Dr. Michele Wallace, Professor at the Graduate Center, CUNY; Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor of History, La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies, and Paul Landau, Professor of History, all at the University of Maryland, College Park; and Schwanda Rountree, attorney, art collector, and art consultant. Panelists will explore Kara Walker’s imagery as a point of departure for discussing issues of slavery, race, sexuality, violence, and gender, among others.