Events

February

Joy Ladin, Out of the Depths: Reading the Torah from a Transgender Perspective

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00pm, 4116 Susquehanna Hall (SQH)
Co-sponsored by The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Program and Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of Women’s Studies

Joy Ladin is the author of The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, due out in 2018 from Brandeis University Press. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist. She has also published nine books of poetry including The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something and Fireworks in the Graveyard. She holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University. Joy Ladin will be signing copies of her books both before and after the event.

Cracking the Interdisciplinary Job Talk by Professor Iván Ramos

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 4:30-6:30pm, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Room 1815
Are you a graduate student in the fields of Women’s Studies, Performance Studies, American Studies, or Latinx Studies? Are you on the job market, dipping a toe, or generally fearing its wrath? This talk is for you.

Please join the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies as they welcome Professor Iván Ramos, Assistant Professor of LGBTQ studies in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. In this lecture/workshop, Professor Ramos will be delivering his successful talk, “On Being Nothing: Las Cucas, Chicana Punk, and Lesbian Ethics,” and will work with graduate students to break down the essential elements of an interdisciplinary job talk.

Sex and Gender in Academia

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 11:45am – 2:00pm, McKeldin Library 6137, Special Events Room
Interdisciplinary Dialogue Forum: An Ongoing series of conversations sponsored by the University Libraries highlighting research connections across disciplines

Panelists will address sex and gender issues faced by students, faculty, and staff in social encounters and the campus workplace as well as in research. Lunch will be provided. The program will begin promptly at 12:00pm. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to get your lunch and get settled.

–Catherine Carroll, Director and Title IX Officer, Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct
–Ryan Curtis, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies; Lecturer, Department of Psychology
–Ellin Scholnick, Faculty Ombdus Officer
–Carol Stabile, Professor and Chair, Department of Women’s Studies
–Ashwini Tambe, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s Studies

For more information, please contact Lily Griner, Business & Economics Librarian at griner@umd.edu or 301-405-9278

March

Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 11:45am-1:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. Whether you’d like to check in, share, speak, support, be supported, or just sit in quiet reflection, the Social Justice Hangout is a space in which we have fun and engage in self-care, all while pondering together issues that are current and actions that are necessary. Hangout for as much or little time as you can. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

Roopika Risam, Visualizing Du Bois: The Politics of Literary Recovery

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, 0301 Hornbake, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

Fembot Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Friday, March 9, 2018 – Saturday, March 10, 2018, 10am-4pm, McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, College Park

Friday, March 9 will be a student-focused editing day; Saturday, March 10 will be a community-focused editing day.

The Fembot Collective, the University of Maryland Libraries, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities are hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon to write women of color, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people and related organizations and ideas into Wikipedia. This Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will contribute to the world of free and accessible knowledge, while at the same time working toward an anti-racist, gender inclusive history of everything within Wikipedia’s vast database.

At the Edit-a-Thon, we will be training people:
· to navigate the content production system in Wikipedia
· to make effective and engaging entries
· to conduct research that will meet Wikipedia’s notability criteria
· improve on existing content with more robust citations, data, categories, etc.

Participants are encouraged to work in teams (it’s more fun!) or individually. Participants can contribute in a number of different ways – by identifying historical figures, organizations, and ideas that are missing from the online encyclopedia, researching entries, writing entries, locating images and getting permission to use them.

Join us as we ensure the digital legacy of women of color, trans, and/or gender non-conforming people, organizations, and ideas in multiple disciplines, fields, and periods of history!

Spring Break, Sunday, March 18 – Sunday, March 25, 2018

Alisa Freedman, As They Saw US: Japanese Female Exchange Students on the Early Cold War American Campuses

Monday, March 26, 2018, 4-6pm, 6137 McKeldin Library (Special Events Room)
Join us for the inaugural event of the Marlene Mayo Lecture Series on Japanese Arts and Humanities. Between 1949 and 1966, at least 4,713 Japanese students studied at American universities with the best-known fellowships at that time. This group included Japanese women who were among the first Japanese people to travel abroad in early postwar Japan and the first women to earn graduate degrees. Through personal interviews and archival research, Freedman examines how exchange students served as cultural ambassadors and knowledge curators, selecting aspects of Japan to explain to the United Statues and introducing American ideas and practices to Japan. Their professional and personal setbacks teach much about women’s roles in the academy and workforce. Whether they realized it or not, their jobs were highly political.

Alisa Freedman is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon and the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal. Her books include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road, an annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa, and co-edited volumes on Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan and Introducing Japanese Popular Culture.

April

Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:45am-1:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. Whether you’d like to check in, share, speak, support, be supported, or just sit in quiet reflection, the Social Justice Hangout is a space in which we have fun and engage in self-care, all while pondering together issues that are current and actions that are necessary. Hangout for as much or little time as you can. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

Sarah Khamis, book talk – Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolutions

Friday, April 6, 2018, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, 0200 Skinner Bldg
Department of Communication Spring 2018 Colloquium Series

Dr. Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Associate Professor of Communication and Affiliate Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, will discuss her new co-edited volume, Arab Women’s Activism and Socio-Political Transformation: Unfinished Gendered Revolution (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

Last day for Undergraduates to drop with a “W”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
This is the deadline for students to drop classes with a “W” for the spring semester.

2018 DC Queer Studies Symposium
TRANS(form)ing Queer

Friday, April 13, 2018, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121), Tawes Hall
Confirmed plenary speakers include: Matt Richardson (University of Texas-Austin), Aren Aizura (University of Minnesota), micha cárdenas (University of Washington-Bothell) and Jeanne Vaccaro (University of California-Davis)

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Monday, April 16, 2018
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.

Race & Wealth Inequality: Examining Shades of Opportunity

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 10:00am – 4:30pm, Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
5th Annual Parren J. Mitchell Symposium

The symposium schedule includes three panels: Wealth Matters: Examining Racial Wealth Inequality; Wealth Building: Investing in Community Change; Wealth Solutions: Creating Wealth Equity for Communities of Color, and culminates in a Keynote by Judy Dlamini. Visit the Critical Race Initiatives website for more information, including schedule details and specific panelists.

Lisa Corrigan, Revolutionary Suicide: Necromimesis, Radical Agency, and Black Ontology

Friday, April 20 2, 2018, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, 0200 Skinner Bldg
Department of Communication Spring 2018 Colloquium Series
Co-sponsored by the Rosenker Center for Political Communication & Civic Leadership, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the Department of Women’s Studies

Dr. Lisa Corrigan is Associate Professor of Communication and Director of Gender Studies at the University of Arkansas. She graduated from UMD’s Department of Communication in 2006 and last year won the National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award for a book based on her dissertation. Her book is entitled: Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (University Press of Mississippi, 2016). Her talk, “Revolutionary Suicide,” is related to her newest book project.

May

WMST/LGBT STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Come join the Department of Women’s Studies for WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day! Students will be presenting their research, showcasing their zines, displaying their artworks, and sharing the experiences they have had this semester in their internships and at conferences. And there will be FOOD ALL DAY! If you have any questions, feel free to be in touch with Professor Barkley Brown (barkleyb@umd.edu).

Last Day of Spring 2018 Classes

Thursday, May 10, 2018
Final exams are scheduled from Saturday, May 12 through Friday, May 18.

Lavender Graduation

Friday, May 18, 2:00 – 4:00pm, Memorial Chapel
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center – RSVP to http://go.umd.edu/lavgrad2018

Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.

Graduates at all levels (certificates, bachelors, masters, doctoral) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives. This may include members of faculty or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is only held in May. Thus, December graduates are invited to join us at either the closest Lavender Graduation prior to or following their December graduation.

Dressy casual attire is recommended. Academic regalia is optional.

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 1pm, Xfinity Center
The procession of students begins promptly at 12:20 p.m. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 21, 2018, 3:00pm, Memorial Chapel
In this more intimate commencement ceremony, the Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies will recognize each graduate individually as their names are called and they walk across the stage. Students receiving bachelor degrees in Women’s Studies, as well as those receiving any one of the department’s four undergraduate certificates or minors, the graduate certificate, and master’s degree are invited to walk in the departmental ceremony. Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish; no tickets are necessary.

If you or your guests require special assistance regarding parking, seating, interpreters, etc., please send an email to JV Sapinoso (sapinoso@umd.edu).