Evelyn Torton Beck, “How Art Keeps Hope Alive: Frida Kahlo and Franz Kafka”

Sunday, October 11, 2015, University of Maryland, Hornbake Library, Rm 0302J
Sponsored by the Prince George’s County Historical Society and the Campus Club at the University of Maryland in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month
Both Frida Kahlo and Franz Kafka lived with physical and emotional pain. Evelyn Torton Beck, PhD has studied the similarities between Kahlo and Kafka with special attention to how they used their respective art forms to manage their illnesses and injuries. Professor Beck’s scholarship finds relevance with the ways many of us use art as a way of channeling pain into productivity and joy.

Academic Enrichment Grants for Women’s Studies Majors

Deadline Thursday, October 15, 2015
Women’s Studies Majors are eligible to apply for Academic Enrichment Grants to fund research, or participation in academic or leadership conferences and workshops, or other activities that will enhance your education in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies. Application deadlines are October 15 for projects during the September 2015 to February 2016 time period, March 15 for projects during the February 2016 to August 2016 time period. Students submitting applications by October 15 will be notified by October 30 if their project will be funded.

To apply, send a 250-500 word statement about the project/conference/workshop/organizing meeting, etc. for which you are requesting funding and indicate how you see this relating to your work in Women’s Studies. Also, submit a resume, budget, the name of one professor who can serve as a recommender, and, if applicable, a list of any other sources from which you are requesting funding for this same project. If applying for an activity that occurred prior to the application deadline, please submit copies of receipts to accompany your budget.

Applications submitted after the scheduled October 15 and March 15 deadlines will be considered if there are any remaining Academic Enrichment funds for the semester.

For questions about these grants or assistance with developing your proposal, please talk with Professor Elsa Barkley Brown, Director of Undergraduate Studies. Professor Barkley Brown’s fall 2015 office hours are 12:00-2:00 Tuesdays in 2101 Woods Hall or feel free to email

Interventions 2015: Women’s Studies in Action
Hosted by the 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

Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal, “Queer (Im)Possibilities in Cuba”

October 2015
Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal Professor and Chair of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her broad area of specialization is twentieth-century Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultural studies. Central to her research on Caribbean and Latin American writings and other forms of cultural expressions are issues of national, racial, cultural, and gender identity formation (and transformations) in an area broadly termed “Afroamérica.” She is particularly interested in the symbolic and textual processes that condition the formation of these identities, and in the shifting functions of one category to another – for example, the “racialization” of local (or “regional”) cultures, the “gendering” of national or ethnic identities; and the ethnicization of political contests.


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.


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 or Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor

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.

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.