Winter Term Registration Opens

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Courses of interest offered this winter term include:

WMST 298D Women’s Bodies in Contention
WMST 498M Women and the Civil Rights Movement
LGBT 398L LGBT Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen


Genny Beemyn, Beyond the Binary: The Lives of Trans People Today

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 4:00pm, 3211 Art-Sociology
Sponsored by the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, and the LGBT Equity Center
Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of trans people, particularly the lives of gender-nonconforming students. They have written or edited nine books/journal issues, including The Lives of Transgender People (with Sue Rankin; Columbia University Press, 2011) and special issues of the Journal of LGBT Youth on “Trans Youth” and “Supporting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children and Youth” and a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on “LGBTQ Campus Experiences.” Genny’s most recent works are A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and the “Transgender History” chapter for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press). In addition to being the director of the Stonewall Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Genny is the Trans Policy Clearinghouse coordinator for Campus Pride ( and an editorial board member and trans article reviewer for the Journal of LGBT Youth, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Homosexuality, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Genny has a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master’s degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration. This event is free and open to the public.

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Saturday, November 15, 2014
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.

Tone of Silence

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 3:00pm, Cafritz Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 7:30pm, Cafritz Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 3:00pm, Cafritz Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Tickets are required and FREE. Reserve tickets online today!
Part of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Second Season

Tone of Silence is co-written and co-directed by Sisi Reid, a senior theatre major and Black Women’s Studies minor. It is a new play about the various spaces of voicelessness and oppression we exist in and the journey to find our voice and speak our truth. Through poetry, movement, and interweaving story lines, Tone of Silence explores the shifting spaces of privilege in our daily lives and how the intersection of race, origin, language, class, and gender influence how we are seen and treated. The play is centered on the experiences of an African American and El Salvadorian family, a single mother and her two children. Various people in life we often don’t see or hear are made visible in this theatrical experience. Follow Tone of Silence on facebook.


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

For Best Consideration Deadline Monday, December 1, 2014
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 ( or Dr. Michelle V. Rowley ( with any additional questions.

Agorafaux-pas! A Drag Cabaret

Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30pm
Tickets are required and FREE. Reserve tickets online today!
In collaboration with the Department of Women’s Studies, and Curtin University, Western Australia
Agorafaux-pas playfully narrates the mostly true story of Agorafauxbia – a straight identified faux queen whose identity is altered as she becomes involved in queer culture. The narrative draws creatively on personal stories of the playwrite as well as ethnographic data collected from in-depth interviews with faux queens in San Francisco’s drag community. The overarching theme is an exploration of questions and concerns which emerge when women do female drag. The show raises and addresses broad themes about identity and performing gender which will appeal to those interested in feminist and queer issues and theory. Agorafaux-pas is a scripted work inspired by drag cabaret. It includes lipsyncing, parody songs and original music. Check out Agorafaux-pas! on Facebook, or visit