Past 2017-2018 Events

August 2017

First Day of Fall 2017 Classes

Monday, August 28, 2017
Fall 2017 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 4, 2017
Campus is closed.

Department of Women’s Studies 2017 Welcome/Welcome Back Lunch for Undergraduate WMST/LGBT Studies students

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 11:45am-2pm, 2101 Woods Hall
Please drop by and meet new professors or say hello to those professors you already know, greet new students, and catch up with students you know but haven’t seen lately.

And if you have a full schedule for the day, don’t let that deter you — feel free to just swing back and grab a slice of pizza to go.

Last Day of Schedule Adjustment for Undergraduates

Monday, September 11, 2017
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

Quelcome: LGBTQ+ Welcome Fest
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center and the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA)

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 4-6pm, Colony Ballroom, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Each fall the LGBT Equity Center hosts a campus-wide welcome event for all LGBTQ and allied staff, faculty, students, and alumni to welcome new students, foster networking, and to showcase some of the resources and opportunities on campus or in the community. There will be performances, food, a resource fair, and a dance party! Stay up-to-date with what’s happening at Quelcome by joining the guest list at Facebook.

Undergraduate Awards to Participate in the National Women’s Studies Association Conference

EXTENDED Deadline Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 4pm
Are you a UMD undergraduate student in good standing who has completed 12 credits of WMST and/or LGBT courses? If so, you are eligible to apply to participate in the 2017 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, November 16-19. 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, “40 Years After Combahee: Feminist Scholars and Activists Engage the Movement for Black Lives.”

The award will cover transportation, hotel, conference registration, and food.

For more information about applying, visit http://ter.ps/NWSAaward

October

Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Take a pause and join us on the first Wednesday of every month for a 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. Everyone is welcome-undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

The theme for October: “How Do You Wear Your Patriotism?” Swirling around us are conversations about obligations to country in relation to: necessities of speaking out, challenges to public space and memory, debates about dress and rights, even questions about what we have learned and what we teach. Together we’ll ponder the various ways queer, feminist, critical race thinkers/activists/artists have engaged the issues of belonging, speech, rights. We’ll mix humor, music, passion, and eats.

Challenging Race/Ethnicity and Gender Identities in Institutional Cultures
Presented by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE)

Thursday, October 12, 2017,
12:00 – 1:30pm, 1310 Marie Mount Hall

Come to hear research presentations from three outstanding doctoral students. Light lunch provided. Please RSVP at https://go.umd.edu/qrig2017.

Making Interventions 2017
Hosted by the Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association

Friday, October 13, 2017, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland FULL schedule available at makinginterventions.splashthat.com

What do you make when you’re making change? What does it look like?
How does it work, what work does it do? With whom do you make it?

Making Interventions is the 3rd biennial Interventions symposium hosted by the Department of Women’s Studies’ Graduate Student Association held on Friday, October 13, 2017. The one-day conference hosts presentations and panels, workshops and performances from scholars/artists/makers, inviting attendees to engage with collaborative, creative, and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship in a vibrant array of forms. The event frames interventions as means of learning and teaching across disciplinary and institutional boundaries among students, colleagues, and communities within and outside the University.

Space is limited. RSVP is strongly encouraged. RSVP at makinginterventions.splashthat.com

Department of Women’s Studies Fall Gathering

Friday, October 20, 2017, 3-5pm, 2101R Woods Hall, Women’s Studies Conference Room
Please RSVP to wmst@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.

November

Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11:45am-1:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
Join the Department of Women’s Studies for our monthly Social Justice Hangout. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 Changes and Implications for Addressing Social Inequalities
Presented by the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE)

Saturday, November 9, 2017,
7:45am – 1:30pm, Atrium, Adele H. Stamp Student Union

This half-day conference focuses on the conceptual, methodological and policy implications of combining the race and ethnicity categories in the 2020 U.S. Census. Scholars, researchers, practitioners, community members, and policy makers will dialogue about the use of racial and ethnic data for interrogating social inequalities, particularly among diverse Laina/o/x communities.

TO RSVP: https://go.umd.edu/crge_reg
For more information: https://go.umd.edu/crge_prog

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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

Wednesday, November 22 – Sunday, November 26, 2017
Classes will not meet. Starting Thursday, November 23, campus is closed.

5th Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day – We Invite You to Present Your Work!

Deadline to Sign Up to Present – Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5pm

The Department of Women’s Studies invites undergraduate students-individually, as a group, or as a class-to join us on Wednesday, December 6, and tell us about your work at our 5th WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day. Posters, Oral Presentations, Films/Videos, Art Projects, Displays, and Performances of undergraduate student scholarly work are all welcome. Presentations on internships and study abroad experiences are also welcome. Find full details about how to Sign Up to Present!

Even if you will not be submitting work for presentation, please mark your calendar and plan to attend during some part of the day on December 6! We will post a schedule ahead of time once we have reviewed all the submissions and grouped them appropriately.

December

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

Friday, December 1, 2017.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Dr. Horton-Stallings, Graduate Director lhortons@umd.edu or womensstudies@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 (womensstudies@umd.edu) or Dr. Horton-Stallings (lhortons@umd.edu) with any additional questions.

CFP: Trans(form)ing Queer – Proposals due December 1, 2017

We invite proposals for presentations at TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 and will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersections of both. 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). Find the full CFP here.

WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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 Fall 2017 Classes

Monday, December 11, 2017
Final exams are scheduled from Wednesday, December 13 through Tuesday, December 19. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

Winter Commencement 2017

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Tuesday, December 19, 2016, 6pm

Commencement, Departments of Women’s Studies, English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, and Film Studies, Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 11:30am
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 Wednesday ceremony we will recognize each graduate individually. You may bring as many guests as you wish to the department commencement ceremony; no tickets necessary.

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 2018

First Day of Spring 2018 Classes

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Spring 2018 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 6, 2018
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.

Social Justice Hangout

Wednesday, February 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.

UMD at Home and in the World: Ability and Disability

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 3:30 – 5:00pm, 0201 Edward St. John Learning and Teaching Center. Sponsored by The Office of Faculty Affairs

From the workplace and our personal relationships, to culture and literature, disability has attracted new and important perspectives. The next UMD at Home and in the World will feature researchers who study disability from a variety of disciplines and help promote thinking about and discussion around this crucial issue.

–Bradley Hatfield, Kinesiology
–Paul Jaeger, Information Studies
–Alexis Lothian, Women’s Studies

Learn more details and register for this event.

Nancy Chi Cantalupo, #MeToo & the Civil Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence

CANCELLED – TO BE RESCHEDULED – Thursday, February 22, 2018, 3:00pm, 1120 Susquehanna Hall (SQH)
Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, Graduate School, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct

Cantalupo’s scholarship focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence, particularly gender-based violence. She is a nationally-recognized expert on gender-based violence in education, and her scholarship draws from her 20 years of anti-campus sexual violence work as a researcher, campus administrator, victims’ advocate, attorney, and policymaker. In August 2017 she published, with William C. Kidder, the essay,  “Mapping the Title IX Iceberg: Sexual Harassment (Mostly) in Graduate School by College Faculty,” in the Journal of Legal Education.

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.

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. RSVP at 2018fembotwiki.splashthat.com

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

Arts and Humanities Solutions for Hate, Violence and Other Inappropriate Behaviors
College of Arts & Humanities Annual College Forum

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 3:30-5pm, Ulrich Recital Hall (1121) , Tawes Hall (TWS)
Participants include:
Ana Patricia Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Carol Stabile, Professor and Chair, Department of Women’s Studies
Roger Worthington, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost

For more info, visit: go.umd.edu/acf18

Social Justice Hangout – Language: Why What We Say Matters

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 11:45am-1:30pm, 2101R Woods Hall
We will explore terms that are given negative connotations, concepts/terms treated as jokes, pros and cons to “political correctness,” and anywhere else the discussion might take us! Hangout for as much or little time as you can. Everyone is welcome – undergrads, grads, faculty, staff. Lunch will be provided.

Sahar 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).

Nancy Chi Cantalupo, #MeToo & the Civil Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence (NEW DATE)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 5:00pm, 1100 Tawes Hall (TWS)
Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s Studies, Graduate School, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct

Cantalupo’s scholarship focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence, particularly gender-based violence. She is a nationally-recognized expert on gender-based violence in education, and her scholarship draws from her 20 years of anti-campus sexual violence work as a researcher, campus administrator, victims’ advocate, attorney, and policymaker. In August 2017 she published, with William C. Kidder, the essay,  “Mapping the Title IX Iceberg: Sexual Harassment (Mostly) in Graduate School by College Faculty,” in the Journal of Legal Education.

We’re hoping this lecture will help kick-off other events scheduled this week which are all focused on gender-based violence:

Occupy McKeldin, Wed 4/11, 10am-10pm, sponsored by Preventing Sexual Assualt (PSA) This 12-hour event which will feature a sit-in, educational workshops and trainings, voices from survivors on campus and beyond, guest speakers, and more.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, Fri 4/13, 1pm, McKedlin Mall (across from Main Admininstration), Sponsored by the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct. This event is part of the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence.

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.
Register online by Monday, April 9 at go.umd.edu/trans18

In 2004, Susan Stryker wrote: “If queer theory was born of the union of sexuality studies and feminism, transgender studies can be considered queer theory’s evil twin.” In 2018, with the institutionalization of queer studies unevenly complete and transgender scholarship and politics rising in academic and media prominence, what relations (kinship or otherwise) between queer and trans knowledges are emerging? What breaks have become apparent? Given its 11-year history, we see the DC Queer Studies Symposium as a particularly important place to provide space for these fields and to engage, interrogate, and highlight their ongoing evolution at a time of renewed political urgency. Thus, the symposium will be a space not only to reflect, but also to chart new directions for queer and trans studies.

Plenaries:
Trans-Aesthetics –  micha cárdenas, Trans of Color Poetics and Algorithmic Analysis (University of Washington-Bothell); Jeanne Vaccaro, Out of Distracted Vision: Workaday Diagnosis, Psychedelic Sexology, and the Handmade Aesthetics of Transgender (University of California-Davis)

Trans-Genealogies – Aren Aizura, Unrecognizable, Unknowable: On the Refusal of Trans Knowledge Production (University of Minnesota); Matt Richardson, Expanding the History of Black Feminism (University of Texas-Austin)

Symposium website: wmst.umd.edu/DCQS18
Full schedule, including detailed information about concurrent sessions and individual presentations: go.umd.edu/trans18schedule

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, 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).

Queer/Cuir Américas: Rebels, Counternarratives, Solidarities

Thursday-Friday, May 3-4, 2018, H.J. Patterson Rm. 2124
Keynote Panel – Friday, May 4, 2018 – 4:30-6:30pm, H.J. Patterson Rm. 2124
Find the schedule here

Co-sponsored by the Latin American Studies Center (LASC), The Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, The Office of International Affairs, The College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Women’s Studies, the Department of English, the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies, Language at Maryland, and the Pepsi Foundation
Every year, the students of LASC host a conference featuring panels of graduate and undergraduate students as well as important keynote speakers from the various communities that make up Latin American Studies. This year’s theme is “Queer/Cuir Américas: Rebels, Counternarratives, Solidarities.”

The keynote panel, “Tools, Tensions, and Practices in the Queer/Cuir Américas,” features:
Letitia “Leti” Gómez, Washington, D.C., Latino/a LGBT Activist
Iván Ramos, University of Maryland, Women’s Studies
Cristy C. Road, Cuban-American Artist, Writer, and Musician
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, American University, Sociology
Maria Amelia Viteri, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Anthropology
Moderator: Britta Anderson, University of Maryland, Latin American Studies Center

For more information contact lasc@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
Women’s Studies Reception immediately following Ceremony in Kay Hall, Room 2120
RSVP at https://go.umd.edu/graduation1801

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).