Past 2015-2016 Events

August 2015

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. 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

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.”

NWSA Undergraduate Award

Deadline Friday, September 25, 2014, 4pm
Are you a UMD undergrad who has completed 12 credits of WMST and/or LGBT courses? If so, you are eligible to apply to go to the 2015 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The conference will attract women/gender/sexuality studies scholars and students from across the country presenting workshops and panels on a wide range of issues addressing the conference theme, “Precarity,” which “draws attention to the lived conditions, structured nature, and relational aspects of systemic inequality.”

The award will cover transportation, hotel, conference registration, and food. For more information about the conference, visit the conference website.

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/

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 barkleyb@umd.edu.

An afternoon conversation with ALICIA GARZA
On the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 4:30pm
Grand Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland

Alicia Garza is a civil rights activist and the co-creator of the viral hashtag  #BlackLivesMatter. Alicia is committed to challenging society to recognize the contributions of all individuals, specifically Black people and queer communities.

For more information: diversity.umd.edu/alicia.pdf

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, American Studies, U.S. Latino/a Studies, MICA, the Center for the History of the New America, The Critical Race Initiative (Department of Sociology), College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, College of Arts and Humanities, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Robert H. Smith School of Business, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, College of Information Studies, UM School of Public Health, School of Public Policy, Undergraduate Studies, University Libraries, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, & the Department of Women’s Studies

Department of Women’s Studies Fall Gathering

Friday, October 23, 2015, 2-4pm, 2101R Woods Hall, Women’s Studies Conference Room
Please RSVP to Cliffornia Pryor at choward3@umd.edu
Faculty, staff, students, and friends are warmly invited to the Department of Women’s Studies’ Fall Gathering. Join us for informal conversation, friendly socializing, and food as we welcome new and returning students, faculty, and affiliate faculty members to the Women’s Studies community at UMD.

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

Find more information, including the FULL SCHEDULE and ONLINE REGISTRATION at https://wmstumdgsa.wordpress.com/

Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal, Neither “Fist” Nor “Feathers”:
Queer (Im)Possibilities in Cuba

October 28, 2015, 3-5pm
St. Mary’s Hall, Multipurpose Room

Sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Women’s Studies

Lourdes Martínez-Echazábal Professor and Chair of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultural studies, specifically Cuban literature and film. 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. She is the author of Para Una Semiotica de la Mulatez (1990).

Income Inequality, an Interdisciplinary Dialogue Forum

Wednesday, October 28, 2015,12-1:30pm
McKeldin Library Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Library

Income inequality is one of the major issues facing society. Join the discussion with campus scholars from a variety of disciplines.

Dr. Charles E. Olson, R.H. Smith School of Business
Dr. Bradley Boekeloo, School of Public Health
Dr. Ethan Kaplan, Department of Economics
Dr. Christopher Foreman, School of Public Policy
Dr. Ruth Zambrana, Department of Women’s Studies

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Gary White, Associate Dean, Library Public Services
Moderator: Dr. Eric Lindquist, Librarian for History, American Studies, Classics, Religion

Librarian/Subject specialists:
Celina Mcdonald, Government Documents
Dr. Kelley O’Neal, Geographic Info Systems (GIS)
Kelsey Corlett-Rivera, Head, Research Commons
Karl Nilsen, Data Management and Curation

November

Sarah Kauss event announcement

Gender, Finance, and Power Lecture
Sarah Kauss, Founder and CEO of S’Well
“The Pursuit of a Mission-Driven Dream

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 4:30-6pm
Van Munching Hall, Room 1330

Sponsored by TD Ameritrade, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the Department of Women’s Studies.

Sarah Kauss designed and developed the first “hydration accessory” bottle, which keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. S’well bottles are sold in 35 countries and thousands of stores, including J. Crew and Nordstrom, and to direct customers such as Facebook, Google and the TED Conference. S’well is the only bottle that looks great and does good, with donations made to charity partners for every bottle sold. In this talk, Kauss will discuss the importance of a brand standing for more than just the service or product it provides and share insights on how your brand can bring the company mission to life in new, unique ways.

Kauss was listed on Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list in 2014, and in the same year was honored with the designation by Ernst and Young as an Entrepreneurial Winning Woman. She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, MBA class of 2003 and earned a BS in Business with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Colorado.

For more information about Sarah Kauss and S’well, visit:

 

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.

WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
The Department of Women’s Studies invites you to join us throughout the day for a celebration of student WMST/LGBT research. Below is a short summary of events, or find full program details, including a list of presenters and the titles of their presentations.

9:30-10:30 — Breakfast and Intersectionality Zines — 2101 Woods Hall
12:00-1:15 — Lunch and Interrelating Scholarship and Activism — 2101 Woods Hall
2:00-3:00 — Law and Activism (We’ll have cookies and hot chocolate) — 2101 Woods Hall
3:00-4:00 — Gender, Race, Digital Media Presentations — 1304 Marie Mount (Refreshments)
4:00-5:00 — Gender, Race, Digital Media Showcase — 1304 Marie Mount (Refreshments)

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.

Winter Commencement 2015

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7pm
Departments of Women’s Studies, English, and American Studies Commencement Ceremony, Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Sunday, December 20, 2015, 1:30pm
These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.

Winter WMST/LGBT graduates and your guests are cordially invited to attend the Department of Women’s Studies Fall commencement ceremony. At the Sunday ceremony we will recognize each graduate individually. You may bring as many guests as you wish to the department commencement ceremony; no tickets necessary.

Graduates participating in the departmental commencement ceremony should report to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with their own cap and gown for robing and final instructions between 12:30-12:45 p.m. (The exact location in CSPAC to which you should report for robing will be announced in early December.)

If you or your guests require special assistance regarding parking, seating, interpreters, etc., please send an email as soon as possible to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor – choward3@umd.edu.

For other questions that you or your guests may have about the university wide and the department commencement, please refer to UMD’s Official Commencement Website – www.commencement.umd.edu

January 2016

First Day of Winter 2016 Classes

Monday, January 4, 2016
Winter 2016 courses begin.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 18, 2016
Campus is closed.

Last Day of Winter 2016 Classes

Friday, January 22, 2016
Winter 2016 courses end.

First Day of Spring 2016 Classes

Mondayy, January 25, 2016
Spring 2016 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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.

Christina Sharpe, “How a Girl Becomes a Ship”

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 4:30pm, Marie Mount Hall 1400
Part of Queer Beyond Repair, the 14th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Christina Sharpe is Associate Professor of English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies at Tufts University. She is the author of two books: Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Duke University Press, 2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press, Fall 2016). She is currently working on two projects provisionally titled Thinking Juxtapositionally and Refusing Necrotopia.

Colloquium with Christina Sharpe

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 11am-1pm, Francis Scott Key Hall 2120
Part of Queer Beyond Repair, the 14th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Can’t attend Professor Sharpe’s lecture on Wednesday February 24 at 4:30pm? Or, just want MORE! This event follows Professor Sharpe’s talk from the previous day and is an opportunity for students and faculty to gather in a more intimate and informal setting for more extended discussion of the issues raised in the lecture. We hope you’ll join us to continue the conversation–all are welcome!

March

Mel Michelle Lewis, “Black Queer Feminisms and the Pedagogical Project: Strategies for Teaching the Self and Negotiating the Academy”

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 5pm, Prince George’s Room, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Part of the Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Spring Speaker Series

Dr. Mel Michelle Lewis and is an assistant professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and affiliate in Africana Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality – specifically addressing Black queer feminist thought, identity and performance, and feminist critical pedagogies. Dr. Lewis serves as the National Women’s Studies Association Governing Council’s Membership, Educational Outreach, and Programs Chair. Her most recent publication, “Corporeal Presence: Engaging the Black Lesbian Pedagogical Body in Feminist Classrooms and College Communities,” is published in Contemporary Black Female Sexualities (Rutgers, 2015). Her forthcoming publication, “A Genuine Article: Intersectionality, Black Lesbian Gender Expression, and the Feminist Pedagogical Project,” will be published in the Journal of Lesbian Studies, Special Issue: Identities, Gender Performances & Pedagogical Practices of Black and Brown Lesbian Educators. Dr. Lewis is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park Women’s Studies PhD program.

Sponsored by The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate School, the Department of Women’s Studies, and the Pepsi Enhancement Fund

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

Lee Edelman, “Being/Divided: Queerness, Psychoanalysis, and Ontological Negation”

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 4:30pm, Francis Scott Key Hall 0106
Part of Queer Beyond Repair, the 14th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Lee Edelman is the Fletcher Professor of English Literature at Tufts University. He is the author of No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (2004), Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (1993), and Transmemberment of Song: Hart Crane’s Anatomies of Rhetoric and Desire (1987). He is also co-author, with Lauren Berlant, of Sex, or the Unbearable (2013). He is currently completing Bad Education: Why Queerness is No Good.

April

Colloquium with Lee Edelman

Friday, April 1, 2016, 11am-1pm, 2115 Tawes Hall
Part of Queer Beyond Repair, the 14th Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies

Can’t attend Professor Edelman’s lecture on Thursday March 31 at 4:30pm? Or, just want MORE! This event follows Professor Edelman’s talk from the previous day and is an opportunity for students and faculty to gather in a more intimate and informal setting for more extended discussion of the issues raised in the lecture. We hope you’ll join us to continue the conversation–all are welcome!

Raquel Gutiérrez, “Jeanne’s Son, Félix’s Dad: On Making Butch Family”
Sponsored by: Department of Women’s Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Thursday, April 14, 9:30am, Language House Multipurpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall
In this talk, Raquel Gutiérrez honors and responds to the recently departed trailblazing writer and human rights agitator Jeanne Córdova’s never-before-published essay on making butch family. Invoking West Coast histories of lesbian community organizing and her own personal trajectory vis-à-vis building and nurturing queer relational roots and branches in Los Angeles, Gutiérrez illustrates the comfort and complexity that comes with accepting queer parental recognition and offering it forward to the younger and queerer that follow in her steps (and missteps).

Raquel Gutiérrez has long been a writer and live performer. She is a film actor, curator, chapbook publisher (Econo Textual Objects, established 2014), playwright, arts administrator, and community organizer. She writes about art, culture, music, film, performance and community building and creates original solo and ensemble performance compositions. Running In Place: poems about INSTITUTIONALITY is Raquel’s third chapbook released in March 2015, following #WhiteBoo and Breaking Up With Los Angeles (Econo Textual Objects, 2014). She’s had the pleasure of being published in both online and print publications including: Huizache; LA Weekly; Artbound; The Portland Review; GLQ; Raspa Magazine; RECAPS and Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing (edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano); Sinister Wisdom; and in the upcoming summer 2016 journal for Fence Books.

Queer Beyond Repair

Friday, April 22, 2016, Tawes Hall
Ninth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium

The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations. Events will include paper sessions and a plenary. The day will culminate with a keynote address by Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah.

Eric A. Stanley, “Death Drop: Becoming the Universe at the End of the World”
Craig Willse, “Queer Life ‘After’ AIDS”
“Surplus Life and Queer Death,” PLENARY for the DC Queer Studies Symposium

Friday, April 22, 2016, Time 3:30pm, Tawes Hall
Eric A. Stanley is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2015). A coeditor of the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press, 2011) which won the Prevention for a Safe Society award and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award, Eric’s other writing can be found in the journals Social Text, American Quarterly, Women and Performance, and TSQ.

Craig Willse’s work focuses on neoliberalism, urbanism, biopolitics, and racial formations. He is the author of The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). His earlier work on the management of racialized housing insecurity and the homeless services industry has been published in Economy and Society and Surveillance and Society. He is co-editor, with Patricia Clough, of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death (Duke University Press, 2011). Willse also works in queer/LGBT studies in an on-going collaboration with legal scholar Dean Spade. Their joint writing has appeared in QED, Widener Law Review, Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (ed. Ryan Conrad, 2010) and Left Turn. Their multi-media project Free State Epitaph has been produced and screened in New York, Berkeley, Seattle, and Kansas City, MO.

Kathryn Bond Stockton, “Impure Thoughts and All They Birth: What Does the Dildo of the Future Look Like?”

Friday, April 22, 2016, Time 5:30pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall
KEYNOTE for the DC Queer Studies Symposium, “Queer Beyond Repair”

Kathryn Bond Stockton is Distinguished Professor of English and Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah, where she teaches queer theory, theories of race, the nineteenth-century novel, and twentieth-century literature and film. Her most recent books, Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer” (2006) and The Queer Child, or Growing Sideways in the Twentieth Century (2009) were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. She is also the author of God between Their Lips: Desire between Women in Irigaray, Bronte, and Eliot (1994). In 2013, she was awarded the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the highest honor granted by the University of Utah.

May

WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 2101 Woods Hall
The Department of Women’s Studies invites you to join us throughout the day for a celebration of student WMST/LGBT research. Below is a short summary of events, or find full program details, including a list of presenters and the titles of their presentations.

9:30-10 — Breakfast
10am-12:30pm — Reading Against the Norms
11:45am-1:15pm — Lunch Available
12:30-1:15pm — Black Girl Movement Conference Report
1:15-2:45pm — A Question of Method
2:45-3pm — Afternoon Snacks
3-4:45pm – The Art of Politics

The Status of Facts
Sponsored by The Potomac Center for the Studies of Modernity

Friday, May 6, 2016, 2-5:30pm, Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, 4213 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Bldg
This symposium is intended as a conversation between social science and humanities scholars to discuss one of modernity’s key commitments, factuality. While modern cultures have been shaped largely by faith in the authority of data and empirical research, critiques both traditional and new have questioned such authority on grounds ranging from religion to philosophical relativism to anti-establishment social activism. Academic debates over the authority of facts have, meanwhile, varied by discourse and discipline. A striking feature of modern life has been the rise of quantification, a tendency recently reshaped by the digitization of huge data sets. The easy manipulability of such data, however, is also widely recognized. Do facts remain a central article of faith? Can facts promise better knowledge (even better access to truth) as well as better policy? The symposium will directly address a crucial question too rarely asked: what is the status of facts in contemporary culture and in contemporary academic inquiry?

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

Friday, May 6, 2016, 3-4:30pm, Memorial Chapel
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.

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.

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1-3pm, Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

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.

Please RSVP by going to http://go.umd.edu/lavgrad2016.

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7pm, Xfinity Center
The procession of students begins promptly at 6:40 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

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 12 p.m., 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 Ms. Cliffornia Pryor (choward3@umd.edu).

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a Reception in 2101 Woods Hall — all Women’s Studies Graduates and their families/friends are invited to attend. No RSVP necessary. We hope you’ll stop by!