May Belle Chellis Women's Events

Events sponsored and co-sponsored by the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies Program and Chellis House

Spring 2014


Saturday, May 10, 2 – 4 p.m.

Chellis House End of the Year Fest
Good food, music and an award ceremony for the Feminists of the Year!

Wednesday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hillcrest 103

Thesis Presentations
Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies majors present their thesis work.


Film Screening, Friday, April 4, 4:30 p.m., Hillcrest 103

Let’s Talk about Sex (James Houston, USA, 2009, 62 mins)
Young people in the United States live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from lipstick to laptops, yet they are rarely afforded opportunities to discuss sex in an open, honest way. Produced in collaboration with Advocates for Youth, the leading non-profit organization focused on issues relating to adolescent reproductive health, "Let's Talk about Sex" tries to make sense of our contradictory attitudes about sex and sexuality by talking to the people they most affect: teens and their families. The film’s groundbreaking research includes testimony from experts and an examination of how other nations have succeeded at promoting adolescent sexual health where the U.S. is failing.
Co-sponsored by Chellis House and Feminist Action at Middlebury

Reading & Discussion, Saturday, April 5, 4:00 p.m., Axinn 229

Hear Me, See Me
Several formerly incarcerated women whose raw, unedited poetry and prose appears in the collection Hear Me, See Me: Incarcerated Women Write (Orbis Books, 2013) will share their words and answer questions. The book features the writings of the more than 200 women who have been incarcerated in Vermont’s sole women’s prison.  Sarah Bartlett and Marybeth Redmond, the editors of this book, co-founded the “writing inside VT” project to help give voice to these women’s experiences. The weekly meeting is open to any woman who wishes to use writing as a tool of self-discovery and growth within a community of trust that models non-judgment and respect.  Dessert reception before and after the event.
Co-sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Chellis House, Dean of the College’s Office, Feminist Action at Middlebury, and the Creative Writing Program.

Dinner & Discussion, Tuesday, April 8, 6:00 p.m., Atwater Dining Hall

Let’s Talk about Sex over Spicy Mexican Food!
Fundraising dinner for Advocates for Youth, an organization that champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Seating limited to 100. Free for students. Donations appreciated. Faculty/staff: $15.

Monday, April 14 to Friday, April 18

The 2014 Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in A Global Context
Sexual Straightjackets & Queer Escapes

Discussion, Monday, April 14, Crossroads Café, 7 p.m.

MiddQUEER Student Event
Student-led discussion about sexual desire, sexual/gender identity and sexuality at Middlebury.

Lecture, Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

I am NOT that Hungry: Creative Resistance, Black Queers, and Family
Lecture by Nikki Young, Assistant Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies & Religion, Bucknell University.

Capitalism, as an economic system, creates and maintains capitalist family values which operate through private/nuclear ownership and dominion, (singular) male leadership, inherent inequality within relationships, and the moral subjugation of dependents. This value system, in concert with the oppressive social constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, works to deprive black queers of a recognizable moral subjectivity. Through creative resistance, many black queers disrupt the disciplinary power within the capitalist family and imagine new relational possibilities.
Co-sponsored by the Gensler Family Fund, the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, CCSRE, and the American Studies Spiegel Family Fund

Poetry Workshop, Wednesday, April 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Carr Hall Lounge

Poetry Workshop with Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider Poetry is a poetry duo comprised of the most noted female slam poets, Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina. Their poetry addresses the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and culture. This workshop is a student-only event.
Co-sponsored by the Innovation and Collaboration Fund, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Chellis House, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Wonnacott Commons, Ross Commons, and the English and American Literatures Department

Performance,Wednesday, April 16, 9:00-10:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Sister Outsider
In their poetry, Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina of Sister Outsider explore the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and the in-between-ness in all of us. Student poets will open this event.
Co-sponsored by the Innovation and Collaboration Fund, the Office of the Dean of the College, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Chellis House, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Wonnacott Commons, Ross Commons, and the English and American Literatures Department


Lecture, Thursday, April 17, 4:30-6 p.m., Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality 

Lecture by Suzanna Walters, Director of Women & Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University.

In her talk,Professor Walters challenges received wisdom about gay identities and gay rights, arguing that we are not “almost there,” but on the contrary have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and acceptance rather than a robust claim to full civil rights. Drawing on a vast array of sources both popular and more scholarly, Professor Walters demonstrates how the low bar of tolerance demeans rather than ennobles both gays and straights alike. 

Co-sponsored by the Gensler Family Fund, the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, CCSRE, and the American Studies Spiegel Family Fund


Performance, Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Dance Theater, Mahaney Center for the Arts

Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action
Guerrilla Girl Frida Kahlo will bring to life the exhibition on view at the College Museum, Guerrilla Girls: Art in Action. Reception before and after the talk. Free!
Co-sponsored by the Museum of Art, Student Friends of the Art Museum, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Director of the Arts, and Academic Affairs.


Lecture, Friday, April 18, 12:15 p.m., Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

What’s in a Name? Identity, Marriage and Family Law in Japan 

A lecture by Linda White, Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies. This event is part of the International and Global Studies Colloquium.

Lecture and Discussion, Tuesday, April 22, 4:30–6:00 p.m., Axinn 229

Who are the Violent Ones? Critical Queer Perspectives on the Carceral State
Reina Gossett
, Yasmin Nair, and Ryan Conrad will discuss the historical criminalization of gender and sexual deviance, taking an abolitionist stance against the prison industrial complex. They will address the many intersecting ways in which queers and trans* people are criminalized, the limits of hate crimes legislation, and alternatives to gendered, state violence.
Co-sponsored by CCSRE, Community Engagement Fund, Education Studies, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and Wonnacott Commons


Lecture and Discussion, Friday, April 25, 3 p.m., Hillcrest 103

5 Years of QSH: The Founders Remember
Alums Christine Bachman-Sanders ’09 and Molli Freeman-Lynde ’08 talk about their activist endeavors to establish the Queer Studies House. Dessert reception to follow the event.
Co-sponsored by the Gensler Family Fund, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, and the Queer Studies House


Lecture, Wednesday, April 30,4:30 p.m., Axinn 229

Meditations on Disabled Bodies, Natural Worlds, and a Politics of Cure
Eli Clare
combines storytelling and critical analysis, disability politics and environmental activism, scientific racism and natural history in order to examine the cultural drive to cure disability. He uses the definition of cure as “the restoration of health” to launch into this examination, focusing specifically on the word restoration. In restoring a prairie ecosystem that has been decimated by generations of corn farming and near extinction of bison, ecologists work to return it to an earlier, more whole condition, trying to undo harm, as if harm had never happened. How does this vision of restoration inform the meanings and politics of cure? The answers reveal the multiple and contradictory meanings of natural and unnatural, normal and abnormal.
Co-sponsored by
Education Studies Program, Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity, Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Wonnacott Commons, Ross Commons, Atwater Commons, and the Academic Enrichment Fund.


Monday, March 3, 8 p.m., Chellis House

Feminist Porn
A web conversation with author Tristan Taormino, a sex-positive feminist and author of Feminist Porn.
Sponsored by Chellis House and Feminist Action at Middlebury

Tuesday, March 4, 12:30-1:45 p.m., Mitchell Green Lounge
Women’s Issues in the Arab World

Rula Quawas, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Champlain College

Thursday, March 6, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Chateau Grand Salon

Fraker Prize Reception
The Alison G. Fraker '89 Essay Prize was established in 1990 by Drue Cortell Gensler '57, Middlebury College trustee. This award honors the memory of Alison Gwen Fraker '89, a much-beloved, vocally feminist student. The prize is awarded to a student whose essay on a topic specifically concerning women and gender studies is judged the best. Please join us for a dessert reception.

Sunday, March 9, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., McCullough Social Space

Raise a Red Tent for International Women's Day
A fun day for people who identify as women: free yoga, chocolate, workshops on menstrual health, sex toys and financial security for women, henna hand painting and time to converse with other people in the red tent.

Co-sponsored by Chellis House and the Red Tent Foundation


Thursday, March 13, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Hillcrest 103

Keeping Up With the Aspirations: Commercial Family Values, Second Generation Celebrity and the Kardashian Family Brand
Lecture by Diane Negra, University College, Dublin.

Lunch will be provided. To sign up, please contact Madeleine Winterfalcon (mwinterf@middlebury.edu)
Co-sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and the Film & Media Culture Department.


Thursday, February 13, 4:30 p.m., MCA 125

Playing the Good Neighbor:Hitler's Domestic Makeover and the Power of Interior Design
Lecture by Despina Sratigakos, professor of architectural history at the University of Buffalo. She is the author of A Women’s Berlin: building the Modern City, a history of a forgotten metropolis and winner of the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize. Her current book project Hitler at Home investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity.
Co-sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.

Friday, February 14, 12 pm, McCullough Social Space

One Billion Rising Zumba Party
Please join us for a FREE Zumba session from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. to show our collective strength and put an end to gender violence. Parade from McCullough to the Rotary to follow the event. Poster-making session at 11:45 a.m. at McCullough.
Co-sponsored by Chellis House, WomenSafe and the Addison County Council against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Friday, February 14, 8 pm and 10:30 pm, Hepburn Zoo

Vagina Monologues
After a hiatus of five years, Eve Ensler’s iconic play is revived in this student-led production. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the boxoffice (go/boxoffice). All proceeds will go to WomenSafe.
Co-sponsored by Chellis House, WomenSafe and the Addison County Council against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Wednesday, February 19, 7 p.m. McCullough Social Space

Perfect Girls
Award-winning author Courtney E. Martin will explore how women today have come to dangerously define success as “effortless perfection.” Drawing on her critically acclaimed book Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, she will argue that disordered eating, food and fitness obsession, and anxiety disorders have become normal among today’s college women. Further, she will sound a call to action to women on campus to settling for self-hate and start changing the world.
Co-sponsored by MCAB, Feminist Action at Middlebury, Athletics, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Chellis House, and the English Department. 

Thursday, February 20, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Axinn Center 219
Finding your Feminist Voice: A Workshop with Courtney Martin

Courtney Martin has written about feminism in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and Glamor. In this interactive workshop, she will focus on how Middlebury students can make their voice heard in the public arena.

Friday, February 28, 12:15-1:30, Hillcrest 103

Trust, Love & Desire: Negotiating same-sex desires in the era of HIV
In this Life of the Mind lunchtime talk, Robert Moeller (Psychology Dept.) will discuss his findings from a project exploring the HIV risk-reduction strategies utilized by young gay men in New York city. Risk-reduction strategies were frequently enacted following breaks in trust. A gendered relational dynamic was identified in participants’ descriptions of the activities that could lead to the development of trust. Relational work such as caring, speaking one’s mind, and maintaining relationships in the face of issues or conflicts were gendered feminine and characterized as “drama.” Taken together, the findings indicate a need to address the breakdown of trust in gay and bisexual men’s relationships, and to consider the gender dynamics that impede rational and responsible sexual decision making in men having sex with men.

Lunch will be served. Please contact Madeleine Winterfalcon (mwinterf@middlebury.edu) to sign up.
Sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.


Winter 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Middlebury in the 1960’s: Student Resistance and Social Change

Panel Discussion

Students and administrators who were at Middlebury in the 1960s will discuss key moments of social and political engagement that led to major changes in our campus environment. Topics covered will include: the school-wide strike in the spring of 1970, anti-racist activism, feminism and women's health, sexuality, and more.

Co-sponsored by MCAB Speakers Committee, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, Chellis-Women’s Resource Center, Departments of American Studies, Education Studies, Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, History, Peace and Justice Studies, Sociology/Anthropology, and Wonnacott Commons.

Tuesday, January 21,  7 – 8:30 p.m., Mead Chapel

Interference: When Masculinity and Being Gay Collide: Wade Davis former NFL Cornerback

Wade Davis is an activist, writer, educator, and former American football player. In 2012, Davis came out and spoke publicly about what it was like to be a closeted gay man in the NFL. He is currently the executive director of the You Can Play project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination and homophobia in sports, co-founder of the You Belong sports initiative for LGBTQ youth, and a visiting professor at Rutgers University.

Monday, January 20,  8 – 10p.m., McCullough Social Space

It Happens Here

It Happens Here is about giving power to the survivor's voice. Most of us have heard the staggering statistics surrounding the prevalence of sexual violence on college campuses. Most of us have taken health classes that describe the horrors of date rape, acquaintance rape, and other forms of sexual violence. But seldom do we hear the voice of the survivor. Seldom do we hear from the very individuals who, due to lived experience, are best suited to explain the problem. This project is about amplifying that traditionally silenced voice in an effort to start a conversation about a problem that effects so many, but is discussed by so few.

Thursday, January 9, 7 – 9 p.m., Mead Chapel

MLK/JusTalks Keynote: Angela Davis
Author, activist, and educator Dr. Angela Davis will give the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. keynote address in conjunction with JusTalks. Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender justice.

Wednesday, January 8, 4:30 – 6pm, Hillcrest 103

Angela Davis Reading Group
Come and join us for a reading group to discuss MLK speaker Angela Davis's work "Women, Race and Class."

Fall 2013

December 5, 2013, 12:15-1:30 p.m, Warner Hemicycle

“Epistemology of the loca: Localizing the Transloca in the Transdiaspora”  Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is a Puerto Rican writer, performer, and scholar. Born and raised in San Juan, he received his AB from Harvard (1991) and PhD from Columbia (1999). He is an Associate Professor of American culture and Romance languages and literatures at the University of Michigan, where he specializes in LGBT Latina/o, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean studies. He is author of Queer Ricans: Cultures and Sexualities in the Diaspora (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), on Puerto Rican LGBT migration and culture, and of two books of short stories: Uñas pintadas de azul/Blue Fingernails (Bilingual Press/ Editorial Bilingüe, Arizona, 2009) and Abolición del pato (Terranova Editores, 2013). He was one of the co-editors of a special issue of CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies on Puerto Rican Queer Sexualities (2007).
Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, the Program in American Studies, Alianza, Juntos, Queers and Allies, and the Queer Studies House.

December 5, 2013, 6:30-9:00 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Border Crossing Celebration Gala  An evening dedicated to the celebration of borders and the various types of crossings, or occupations, occurring across these spaces. Our intent is to celebrate and honor those who make evident the very constructedness of boundaries built up around the concepts of gender, nationality, and/or language. The evening will start off with an art exhibit by a number of local Mexican migrant workers/artists. This will be followed up by the screening of 4 student short films focusing on the experiences of migrant workers in Addison County. The keynote speaker of the night, Lola Von Miramar, will then read a number of her wonderful short stories. And the evening will then close off with three short student plays which will also explore various concepts of border crossing. A little dancing and potluck is also in the works. 
Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, the Program in American Studies, Alianza, Juntos, Queers and Allies, and the Queer Studies House.

Thursday, November 21, 12:30 p.m., Freeman International Center,  Lunch and Learn: Pizza lunch provided.

Dr. Jay Michaelson, Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment
Co-sponsored By: Hillel, Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Silberman Chair in Jewish Studies, Queer Studies House, Ross Commons, CCSRE, and the MCAB Speakers Committee

Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m., McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

God vs. Gay: The Religious Case for Equality

Dr. Jay Michaelson will speak about his opinions on Israel. Is a Jewish democracy possible? What is "Pinkwashing" and what are the realities?
Co-sponsored By: Hillel, Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Silberman Chair in Jewish Studies, Queer Studies House, Ross Commons, CCSRE,and the MCAB Speakers Committee.

Wednesday, November 20, 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 House, Conference Room

Israel/Palestine:  Is Productive, Nuanced Campus Conversation Possible? On campuses across the country, conversations about Israel/Palestine are growing ever more polarized.  On the one side, Israel’s most vocal supporters say the country can do no wrong, and point to its accomplishments as a Western democracy.  On the other, Israel’s critics sharply criticize Israel’s occupation of the West Bank as illegal and immoral, and even the nature of the state itself as a colonial enterprise.  Worse, both sides often demonize and boycott the other.  Is there a way to promote better, more civil dialogue on this contentious issue?  How can we understand the principles involved, and clarify where we agree and disagree? 

Dr. Jay Michaelson has been writing on these issues for ten years, and has been attacked from the left and the right (which is usually a good sign).  He is a contributing editor to the Forward newspaper whose influential article entitled “How I’m Losing My Love for Israel” was the first major statement of the growing divide between American liberals and Israel, and which won the Society for Professional Journalists award for opinion writing. He will present some concrete ways to improve this situation, and answer any question you’d like to ask.
Co-sponsored By: Hillel, Gender Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Silberman Chair in Jewish Studies, Queer Studies House, Ross Commons, CCSRE,and the MCAB Speakers Committee

Tuesday, November 19, 4:30 p.m., Sunderland Language Center, Rm. 110

Women’s Activism in Muslim and Jewish Religious-Political Movements
Lihi Ben Shitrit is a visiting assistant professor at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard University (2013–2014). She is also an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. Her research interests center on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East. She is currently working on a book manuscript, titled “Frames of Exception:  Women’s Activism in Jewish and Muslim Religious-Political Movements.” The project sets out to explain the variation in forms of women’s political engagement in socially conservative religious movements in the Middle East through a comparative ethnographic study of four movements: the Jewish Settlers in the West Bank, the ultra-Orthodox Shas, the Islamic Movement in Israel, and the Palestinian Hamas.
Sponsored by The Hebrew Department, the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Middle East Studies, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 p.m., Atwater Dining Hall, $15 per person

The MAlt-Dominican Republic team is cordially inviting you to a dinner at Atwater Dining Hall on Tuesday, November 19th at 6 pm. The Dominican-themed meal is $15 per person. Middlebury’s writer-in-residence, Julia Alvarez will give a presentation and students will recite some of their poetry. The MAlt team is also asking students, staff, faculty, and community members to consider making a donation to the MAlt organization itself to offset the cost of their trip to the Dominican Republic. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to maltmariposa@gmail.com by November 11th

Middlebury Alternative Break Trips (MAlt) aim to provide Middlebury students with affordable service-learning experiences where students partner with NGOs during February break.This February, the Mariposa Foundation in Cabarete, Dominican Republic will inaugurate an innovative center in the Dominican Republic that will inspire sustainable solutions to end generational poverty. Over the course of the week, Middlebury students  will become educated about how non-profits work on a day-to-day basis, support the Mariposa Foundation as they open their new center, and serve as positive role models for the girls that the Mariposa Foundation serves. 
Sponsored by Chellis House and the Center for Education in Action.

Saturday, November 16, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts

“Sister-to-Sister” Summit for Middle School Girls At a time when our community is reeling from the loss of a young girl, Middlebury College’s “Sister-to-Sister” Program would like to provide a safe space for middle school girls to talk about issues that they face in their schools in a relaxed and fun environment. On Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the group will be hosting its tenth annual summit at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. This free event strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. Supported by the American Association of University Women, the program brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female Middlebury College students. At the one-day summit and in monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, girls develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. Together, the middle schoolers and the college students develop activities that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom (art, music, dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of such topics as “girls in the cyberworld” and “bodypositivity.” The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers. All events are free. To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email khanta@middlebury.edu.
Sponsored by Chellis House, the Center for Education in Action, Neat Repeats, and the National Bank of Middlebury.

Thursday, November 14, at 7 p.m., Twilight Auditorium 

Screening of The Invisible War (Kirby Dick, 2012, 97 mins) The Invisible War is a 2012 Academy Award nominated investigative documentary about the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the United States military. The documentary shows that when some victims--men and women-- come forward to report the crimes, they often face a second assault: commanding officers who either don't believe them or who refuse to do anything about the crime.
Sponsored by Feminist action at Middlebury, It Happens Here, Chellis House, and the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

This event is part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. Thursday, November 14, 4:30 p.m., Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room  221

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Decoding the Homoerotic Imagery of Grant Wood.” An illustrated lecture by James Maroney, American Art dealer and former Head of the American Painting Departments at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s, New York.

Artist Grant Wood (1891-1942) is universally regarded as a champion of upright Midwestern values, but Maroney redefines him as a "timid, deeply closeted homosexual" who embedded phallic imagery in all his important work.
Sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Director of Arts, and the Museum.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 7:00 p.m., Axinn 219

Screening of “Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes” Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a life-long hip-hop fan, was watching rap music videos on BET when he realized that each video was nearly identical. Guys in fancy cars threw money at the camera while scantily clad women danced in the background. As he discovered how stereotypical rap videos had become, Hurt, a former college quarterback turned activist, decided to make a film about the gender politics of hip-hop, the music and the culture that he grew up with. “The more I grew and the more I learned about sexism and violence and homophobia, the more those lyrics became unacceptable to me,” he says. “And I began to become more conflicted about the music that I loved.” The result is HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a riveting documentary that tackles issues of masculinity, sexism, violence and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture.
Sponsored by the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Chellis House, Feminist Action at Middlebury, It Happens Here, Queer Studies House.

Monday, October 28, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

“The Role of Values in Climate Change.” A lecture by Kristen Intemann, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Montana State University.

Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., MBH 216

Screening of In the Wrong Body (2010, 55 mins, Spanish with English subtitles). A documentary film by Cuban film maker, Marilyn Solaya This film tells the story of Mavi Susel, who underwent the first gender reassignment operation in Cuba in 1988. In the Wrong Body explores such timely issues as the meaning of femininity in the macho and patriarchal society in Cuba where many stereotypes and prejudices still exist. Q&A with the filmmaker to follow screening.

Wednesday, October 16, 8:30-9:30 p.m., Chellis House

Whispers, Dreams, and Blessings. Workshop with Ashoka Fellow, Dr. Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Founder of Birthing Project USA

How do you define yourself? What do you really believe about yourself? Join us for a workshop to help you articulate your authentic reason for being. We will unpack the messages we have received from others to consider our life's purpose through movement, conversation and reflection.
Sponsored by MiddCore and Chellis House

Tuesday, October 15, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Warner Hemicycle

De qué se rie la hiena? Ironía y humor en la literatura lésbica.
What does the Hyena Laugh About? Irony and Humor in Lesbian Literature.  Isabel Franc, Spanish author.  Isabel Franc's works range from novels to short stories and poetry. Her novel Entre todas las mujeres was a finalist for La Sonrisa Vertical award for an erotic narrative in 1992, and more recently, her thriller No me llamas carino won the Shangay award for the best novel with a gay or lesbian theme. She has also published a lesbian crime fiction trilogy under the pseudonym Lola Van Guardia. Ms. Franc's novels have been translated into French, Italian and Portuguese.
Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.

Saturday, October 12, 3 p.m., Abernethy Room

"Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection," Debora Spar, President of Barnard College.  Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, why are women still living in a man's world? In her new book, Debora Spar examines how women's lives have, and have not, changed over the past forty years. Wonder Women explores the new, and increasingly complex, challenges, facing women today; many of which stem inherently and inevitably from being female. This new book adds Spar's voice to the current debate over how far women have come, and how much more it will take before women achieve true equality for good. 
Sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs

Friday, October 11, noon, MBH 104

“Policing Interracial Sex: Mapping Black Male Location in Chicago During the Progressive Era.”  Rashad Shabazz, Assistant Professor, University of Vermont.  Carceral power – in the form of policing – entered the Black Belt in Chicago vis-a-vie attempts to control interracial sex and socializing in the Black/white sex districts in the Black Belt. And in doing so it became a permanent fixture.  Policing the Black Belt did more than install state power into the Black community, policing was also a mechanism to access and consolidate whiteness, organize the racial geography of the city, regulate Black men’s sexuality, and that of the poor.  This talk also examines the role interracial sex districts played in shaping Chicago’s response to Black migration and the subsequent measures it took to control Black sexuality.
Sponsored by the Department of Geography, Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies; and the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Friday, October 11, 5 p.m., McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

"Girls Rising" - Film Screening.  To celebrate the second International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, Chellis House, Middlebury College's Women's Resource Center, is screening “Girl Rising” (Richard E. Robbins, 2012, 101 min). This film advocates worldwide educational equality for girls. Through the stories of nine girls from around the world, the film reveals how educating girls can break barriers and change the world.

Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 p.m., Chellis House

Thai Dinner for GSFS majors and minors.  Please RSVP to Madeleine (x2007) by Thursday, September 19.

Monday, September 23, 4:30 p.m., Axinn 229

“Finding a Job in HBO’s Girls: Self-Work, Immaterial Labor, and a Recession-era Update for the Recent College Grad in Postfeminist Popular Culture.”Lecture by Pamela Thoma, Associate Professor, Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, Washington State University.

Friday, September 20, 12:15-1:45 p.m., McCullough Social Space

“Globalization, Women, and Work in the Middle East: Toward Economic Citizenship.”  

Lecture by Valentine Moghadam, Professor of Sociology and International Affairs; Director, International Affairs Program, Northeastern University at the Middlebury College International Politics & Economics Symposium, “Global Inequalities in Gender, Public Health, and the Environment: What Can We Do?”


Spring 2013

Saturday, May 11

We are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Chellis House and 21 Years of WAGS 

Special guest speakers include Diana Henderson, Dean of Curriculum and Faculty Support at MIT, and Alison Byerly, formerly VP of Academic Affairs and now on her way to assume the presidency of Lafayette College. Together with other faculty members instrumental in the Program in Women and Gender Studies, they will share their memories of setting up the program and the resource center.

We will also be celebrating the Feminists of the Year. Please come and celebrate the nominees with us:

Staff: Ashley Calkins and Karen Guttentag

Faculty: Febe Armanios, Mary Ellen Bertolini, Catherine Cabeen, Laurie Essig, Linus Owens, Peggy Nelson

Students: Rana AbdelhamidBree Baccaglini, Marjeela Basij-Rasikh, Emily Dodge, Sarah Fisher, Ashley Guzman, Kristina Johansson, Mandy Kwan, Jia Jun Lee, Maddie Li, Jackie Park, Emily Pedowitz, Gillian Porter, Alex Strott, Kelly Suralik, Kelsanah Wade

Entertainment by Poor Form Poets, Melian Radu, Peter Hamlin and Gabriela Juncosa Calahorrano

Chocolate covered strawberries.

2 to 4 p.m., Chellis House


Monday, May 6

Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror

Lecture by Matt Kennard

Matt Kennard is a British author and free lance journalist, who writes for The Guardian, Salon, The Nation, and The New York Times. His most recent book, Irregular Army: How the US Military Recruited Neo-Nazis, Gang Members, and Criminals to Fight the War on Terror, "makes a…strong case that nothing good lies in the future so long as the American government continues to dissolve its standards of human decency to keep the pipeline filled with new soldiers.“(Daily Beast)

4:30 pm, Hillcrest 103

Sponsored by Chellis House, Women's Resource Center

Tuesday, April 30

It Happens at the White House: Middlebury students participate in ending teen dating violence.  Students Luke’13 were invited to Brown ’14.5,  Addie Cunniff ’13, Kristina Johansson ’14, Emily Pedowitz ’13, and Caitlin Waters the White House to participate in an event to  end teen dating violence. The event included a speech by Vice President Joe Biden and was organized by Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Students will speak about this experience and how it has shaped their activism on campus. 

Lunch will be served at this event.

12:30 – 1:20 p.m., Hillcrest 103

Sponsored by the Program in Women and Gender Studies and Chellis House, Women's Resource Center

Monday, April 29

Project Unbreakable - Talk by Grace Brown

Grace Brown, creator of Project Unbreakable, photographs survivors of sexual assault holding a poster with a quote from their attacker. In 2012, TIME magazine named her project one of the "30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs" and since then she has appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry show and been interviewed by the Guardian. Grace will speak about the history of how her project came to be, share stories behind some of her images, and reflect upon creating sexual assault awareness.

7 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Co-sponsored by MCAB Speakers, American Studies Program Spiegel Family Fund, James Jermain Professor of Political Economy Enrichment Funds, Religion Department, Ross Commons Council

Wednesday, April 24

“Heather’s Mommies Get Married”  Talk by Lesléa Newman, author of the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way. Her award-winning short story, “Letter to Harvey Milk,” has been adapted for screen and stage.

4:30 p.m., Axinn 229

Co-sponsored by MOQA

Wednesday, April 17

Girls and Women in Development

Talk by Executive in Residence Charles MacCormack and Diana Myers, Vice President, International Program Leadership, Save the Children

We are all aware women that equity for girls and women, and greater partnership between men and women, is essential for a better, safer world. At the same time, it will take sustained, well-organized work by large-scale movements and organizations to manage the transition from where we are and where we need to be. Learn how Save the Children, one of the world's major NGO's, approaches these issues.

4:30 p.m., BiHall 104

Tuesday, April 16

Art Damaged: A Poetry Reading by Melian Radu ’13.  Come and enjoy a thesis reading of poems revolving around art vandalism — from the beheading of “The Little Mermaid” statue in 1964 to the botched “Ecce Mono” fresco restoration in August 2012! Slides of the damaged artwork will accompany the performance.  Light refreshments will be served.

4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

Sponsored by the Program in Women and Gender Studies, the English and American Literatures Department, and the Creative Writing Program

Tuesday, April 16

Young Women’s Leadership: Our Time at the NCCWSL Conference.  Student talk by Karen Liu ’15, Alex Strott ’15, Emily Galindo ’13 and Lelise Getu ’13.  Last year, Karen, Alex, Emily, and Lelise received a scholarship from the American Association of University Women, the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, and Education in Action to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Scholarships will be available this year as well. Come and find out how you can participate.

Lunch will be served!

12:15 p.m., Chellis House

Body Parts - Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context, April 8 to 12, 2013


Why do we associate breasts with women and muscled forearms with men?  Why do we think six-pack abs are masculine and carefully manicured nails are feminine?  Are we the sum of our body parts?  Who decides what our body parts mean?  These and other questions about our bodies guide the 2013 Gensler Family Symposium on Feminism in a Global Context to be held at Middlebury College during the week of April 8-12.  Through an array of events -- student panels, performances, film screening, formal presentations – this year’s symposium explores how some body parts come to stand in for our sexed and gendered identities.  (go/bodyparts)

Mon, April 8, Crossroads Café, 7-9 p.m. - Lips and Hips! 

Student-led conversation on our bodies, our selves. Nosh on some sweet potato fries while you chime in.

Tues, April 9, BiHall 104, 7 p.m. - The Fat Body (In)Visible (directed by Margitte Kristjansson, USA, 2011, 24 mins)

In this insightful documentary, three fat activists speak candidly about growing up overweight, and the size discrimination they have faced.

Wed, April 10, Bihall 104, 7 p.m. - American Eunuchs (directed by Gian Claudio Guiducchi, Franco Scacchi, USA, 2003, 80 mins.)

This documentary investigates the underworld of modern eunuchs in America. Each year in the United States hundreds of men voluntarily choose to be castrated and reinvent their sexual identity for reasons other than sex reassignment.

Thu, April 11, RAJ, 4:30 p.m. - Michelle Voss Roberts (Wake Forest Divinity School)

“Body Parts: How a Comparative Theology Assists a Feminist View of the Human Being.”  

 Thu, April 11, Hillcrest 103, 6 p.m. - “Race(d) Body Parts”

Midd alums Ofelia Barrios ’93 and Morgane Richardson ’08 will talk about  "Women, Gender and HIV Prevention" and "Women of Color: Taking Media into our Own Hands."

Ramunto's Pizza will be served!

Friday, April 12, RAJ, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

E. Frances White (New York University), “Something Out of Kilter: Black Women’s Breasts, the Missing Link, and Black Feminist Resistance.”

Bernadette Wegenstein (Johns Hopkins University), “The Cure: The Culture and History of Breast Cancer.”

Peggy McCracken (University of Michigan), “The Wild Man’s Penis: Gendered Anatomy and Becoming Human.”

Darla Thompson (Middlebury College), “Technologies of the Body: Iron Collars, Chain Gangs, and Enslaved Black Women in Antebellum Louisiana.”

Banu Subramaniam (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), “Global Citizenship?: Genomes, Nations, and the Politics of Belonging.”

Lunch and light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Gensler Family Fund, the Program in Women and Gender Studies, Chellis House, American Studies Spiegel Family Fund, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Office of the Dean of the College, Ross Commons, Women of Color, Feminist Action at Middlebury, Queer Studies House, Middlebury Open Queer Alliance, the Institutional Diversity Committee, and the Departments of Sociology/Anthropology, Theater, and Religion.

Monday, March 18

Dai Jinhua - After the Post-Cold War

The period that Professor Dai calls “After the Post-Cold War” commences in 2008 with the Beijing Olympics, the Sichuan earthquake, the global financial crisis, and discourses of “China’s rise.” Dai’s talk will address how this period of Chinese and global history can be understood and critiqued.

Dai Jinhua, one of China’s most prominent feminist cultural critics, is a Professor at Peking University’s Institute of Comparative Literature and Culture, and is the Director of the University’s Center for Film and Media Studies. Dai’s publications include Film Theory and Criticism (电影理论与批评, 2007) and Emerging from the Horizon of History: A Study of Modern Chinese Women’s Literature (浮出历史地表: 现代妇女文学研究, coauthored with Meng Yue, 1989). Her English-translated publications include Cinema and Desire: Marxist Feminism and Cultural Politics in the Work of Dai Jinhua (Verso, 2002) and a forthcoming volume from Duke University Press.

The talk will be in Chinese, translated by Rebecca Karl (New York University). Karl’s works include Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World (Duke, 2010) and The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory, co-edited with Dorothy Ko and Lydia Liu (Columbia University Press, 2013).

4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room 

Sponsored by the Chinese Department, the History Department, the John D. Berninghausen Professorship, the East Asian Studies Program, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.

Thursday, March 14

Girls Rising (Richard Robbins, 1 hour 44 minutes, PG 13)

This movie is sparking off a movement! Academy Award winner Richard Robbins focuses on nine girls around the world who rose above bad circumstances through schooling. The film demonstrates that the removal of barriers to girls’ education – such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to health care, school fees – means not only a better life for the girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all.

7:30 p.m., MBH 216

Sponsored by Stop Traffick, Sister-to-Sister and Feminist Action at Middlebury


Tues., March 12

Mothers Inc: Visions of Transnational Surrogacy

In this presentation, Professor Sujata Moorti (WAGS) will examine the visual culture that has emerged around the transnational surrogacy industry located in India.

12:15 p.m., Chellis House

Fri., March 8

Pussy Riot, Putin and the Sexual Politics of Contemporary Russia

A conversation with Russian journalist Masha Gessen, director of Radio Liberty, Moscow.

Masha Gessen is one of Russia's most important journalists. She has contributed to The New York Times, The New Republic, New Statesman, Granta, Slate and Vanity Fair, and US News & World Report. Gessen has written seven books ranging on subjects from the Russian intelligentsia to a biography of her grandmothers.

12:15 p.m., Chellis House

Fri., March 8

Masha Gessen on her biography of Vladimir Putin, "Man without a Face"

Acclaimed Russian journalist and author Masha Gessen will discuss her biography of Vladimir Putin, "Man without a Face" and the state of contemporary Russian politics

4:30 p.m., Axinn 220

Friday, March 8th

Women's History Month Dinner sponsored by Women of Color.

Great food and performances. If you would like to attend, please click here to register.

Time TBD, Crossroads Café

Sat., March 9

Elect Her Workshop and Retreat for Female Middlebury Students

In this workshop, over 50 Middlebury College women will learn how to be successful in their run for student government.  Lecturers include Kesha Ram, the first person of color with a successful bid for Vermont State Representative; and Jessica Grounds, founder of Running Start and immediate past president of the Women under Forty Political Action Committee (WUPAC)

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., McCullough Social Space


Wed., March 6

Fraker Prize Ceremony
Established in 1990 by Drue Cortell Gensler '57, Middlebury College trustee, this award honors the memory of Alison G. Fraker ’89, a much-beloved, vocally feminist student who was killed in a car accident a few weeks short of her graduation. The prize is awarded to a student whose essay on a topic specifically concerning women’s and gender studies is judged the best.

7:00 p.m., Chellis House

Tues., February 26 

"The Makers: Women Who Make America" film screening

Over the last half-century, America has seen one of the most sweeping social revolutions in its history, as women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.  It’s a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the Supreme Court and Congress, and in humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual and no aspect of American life has been unchanged.

MAKERS: Women Who Make America tells this remarkable story for the first time in a comprehensive and innovative way. Come and watch Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric and Middlebury alum Dena Simmons!  Here's a link:


Come to see the entire documentary or just some of it. We'll have popcorn and cider!

Coltrane Lounge, 8 to 11 p.m.

Thurs., February 21

"Female Power in Politics: Our Time on the Elizabeth Warren Campaign and in the White House"

Talk by Anna Esten ’14 and Luke Carroll Brown ’14.5

Students Anna Esten and Luke Carroll Brown recently interned at the White House. In their talk, they will focus on gender dynamics in the highest echelons of government, and, in Luke’s case, also on the campaign trail.

Lunch will be served. Please help yourself as you enter the room.

Due to time limitations at Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room, this event will start promptly at 12:30 p.m. and finish at 1:15 p.m.

12:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

Sponsored by the Program in Women and Gender Studies and Chellis House, Women's Resource Center

Hair Trigger

Lecture-demonstration by Catherine Cabeen (Dance Program)

Hair Trigger is a condensed solo version of the evening-length Fire!, which was originally inspired by Catherine Cabeen's research into the life and work of artist Niki de Saint Phalle, and cascaded through the creative process into a meditation on gendered expectations around taking up space, aggression, desire, and beauty.

4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Dance Theater

Sponsored by the Dance Program

Wed., February 13

Middlebury is RISING! Please join us!

One Billion Rising

In an effort to shake the world into a new consciousness to end violence against women, Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising Campaign is calling on people around the world to collectively strike in solidarity, joy, rage, recklessness, and happiness and dance along fellow community members. Groups in 200 countries are joining in. 

At Middlebury, this giant dance party will also feature performers such as DJ Mariam, Cheswayo Mphanza, Anna Stevens, 

Debanjan Roychoudhoury, Middlebrow, and Poor Form Poetry.

Here is a video that students Sarah Kotb ’16 and Rabeya Jawaid ’16 have made for the occasion:


10 p.m. – 12 a.m. (midnight), Crossroads Café

Winter Term 2013

Friday, January 25 

Media Representations of Gender and Sexuality in the WNBA, talk by Maya Goldberg-Safir ’12.5.

Lunch will be provided!

12:15 PM, Chellis House

Monday, January 28

"Hurtin' Songs" in Recent Quebec Drama: "Faire des Enfants" and "With Bated Breath" by Robert Schwartzwald, Université de Montréal

Robert Schwartzwald is a professeur titulaire in the département d'études anglaises at the Université de Montréal and formerly Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Winner of the 2008 Governor General's International Award in Canadian Studies, Schwartzwald's work focuses on interfaces between notions of cultural and national modernity, with particular attention to representations of sexuality. His publications include "Fear of Federasty: Quebec's Inverted Fictions," " ‘Symbolic Homosexuality,’ ‘False Feminine,’ and the Problematics of Identity in Quebec,” and " ‘Chus t’un homme’ Trois (re)mises en scène d’ ‘Hosanna’ de Michel Tremblay.” He is a member of the Centre de recherche interuniversitaire en littérature et culture québécoises (CRILCQ).

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP by Wednesday, 1/23 by calling 802-443-5324. 

Sponsored by Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Department of French, Program in Women and Gender Studies, and Department of English.

12 :15 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 House conference room

Friday, January 18, 5-7 p.m., Vermont Folklife Center (next to Two Brother’s Restaurant at the roundabout on Main Street)

Labor of Love

Opening reception for a multimedia exhibit celebrating women’s work

This exhibit, which was created by Vermont Works for Women in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center, features photos and stories celebrating the transformative power of work by focusing on ways in which work can engage our passion and connect us to others and in communities. The featured women are farmers, doctors, tattoo artists, college presidents, electricians, and general store clerks. They are passionate about their work, exemplify excellence in their field, and are an inspiration to others.

Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and  Chellis House, Women’s Resource Center

Friday, January 11, 12:15 p.m., Chellis House

Harriet Napier and Emmy Masur talk about their MALT Trip to C.A.S.A.(Center for the Adolescents of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico)

C.A.S.A. opened the first school of midwifery in Mexico and specifically involves women from rural areas in their training. These women return to their villages to work, and to improve the health of other women and children. C.A.S.A. also runs other programs to empower women and to raise awareness about the pressing issue of domestic violence in Mexico. The organization is operated largely by young people, and provides an excellent and inspirational model for community-initiated change. Lunch will be provided.

Fall Semester 2012

WAGS New Faculty Reception

Please join the Women's and Gender Studies Program for a reception to welcome new faculty on Tuesday, September 18, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at Chellis House, Women's Resource Center (white house behind Proctor Dining Hall).  Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, September 23

40 YEARS OF TITLE IX, Film Screening:  Sporting Chance: The lasting legacy of Title IX (NCAA, in conjunction with ESPN and Creative Street Entertainment, 2012).  Title IX was not intended to redefine the world of amateur sports but this treatise on sexual equality opened the door to decades of successes for American girls and women.

7:00 p.m., Axinn 229

Monday, September 24

40 YEARS OF TITLE IX — Legacy and Outlook”

Panel discussion with Associate Director of Athletics Missy Foote, Associate Director Emerita of Athletics Gail Smith, Middlebury Olympians Patty Ross (Assistant Nordic Skiing/ Track Coach) and Lea Davison ’05, and NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist Margo Cramer ’12

Reception to follow the event in honor of Middlebury Olympian Lea Davison ’05, NCAA Woman of the Year Finalist Margo Cramer ’12 and Lauren Greer ’13, finalist for the Honda Sports Award for field hockey.

7:00 p.m., McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

Sunday, September 30

Buddha Prince Backstage (Tiger Lion Arts and Twin Cities Public Television, 2011).  Film Screening, discus­sion and work­shops with director Markell Kiefer ’96.5, Tyson Lien ’98, and Tenzin Ngawang.

7:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Monday, October 1

Writing Crime: Transmigrated Border Subjects and International Violence.   Lecture by Professor Ileana Rodríguez, Distinguished Human­ities Professor of Spanish at Ohio State University.

4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

Monday October 1 and Tuesday October 2

Half the Sky.  Screenings of public television program based on the book by  authors of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The two shows follow travelers to six countries to meet courageous individuals who are confront­ing oppression and develop­ing meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. These programs show that women are not the problem, but the solution and bolster the growing movement for change.

Monday, 9:00 p.m., Carr Hall & Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., Coffrin Hall Lounge.

Friday, October 5

What is a Dalai Lama and Who is the 14th Dalai Lama? The Buddhist Historical Context.  Lecture by Professor William Waldron, Department of Religion

12:15-1:30 p.m., Dana Auditorium

Thursday, October 11

The Queer Politics of Sex.  Lecture by Dr. Margot Weiss, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Anthropology Wesleyan University. 

This talk investigates queer sexual politics -- the transgressiveness of alternative sexual practices and communities, and the possibilities of queer liberation. Drawing on fieldwork with BDSM communities and queer left activists, the talk challenges points of view that stabilize or presuppose the content of social categories like "transgressive," "normative", or, indeed, "political," and gestures toward new possibilities for queer social analysis—and social justice.

4:30-6:00 p.m., Axinn 229

Co-sponsored by American Studies Program, Brainerd Commons, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, Feminist Action at Middlebury, MOQA, QSH

Friday, October 12

“Shine a Light on Domestic Violence” Lamp Auction. Join the Addison County Council Against Domestic & Sexual Violence in an auction of artistic lamps designed by community artists!

5 p.m., Carol’s Hungry Mind Café

Friday, October 19

Gender in the Presidential Election 2012.  Panel discussion with former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, author of The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work and Family (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012), Associate Professor Bert Johnson, Department of Political Science, and Professor Ellen Andersen, Department of Political Science and Women and Gender Studies, University of Vermont.

2:00 p.m., Axinn 229

Co-sponsored by Chellis House – Women’s Resource Center, Department of Political Science, Feminist Action at Middlebury, Institutional Diversity Committee, Queer Studies House, Women of Color

Friday, October 19

Birthing Responsibility: Resources from 20th Century French Thought for the Moral Significance of Natality

Lecture by Gail Weiss, Professor of Philosophy & Human Sciences, George Washington University

Building on the accounts of French philosophers Emmanuel Levinas, Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray, Professor Weiss will argue that the maternal activity of childbirth produces not only a newborn infant, but also generates a new responsibility to and for the other. Though this new responsibility to the newborn infant (as a separately existing entity) is produced through the laboring body of the birth mother, she argues that the obligations it entails necessarily extend beyond the birth mother to encompass others who must help to secure the well-being of this vulnerable new being-in-the-world.

4:30 p.m.,Twilight Hall 302

Co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department, European Studies Program, French Department, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program & the Academic Enrichment Fund.

Saturday, October 20

Screening and discussion of Class Dismissed

Malala Youzufzai, a 14-year old Pakistani girl who advocated for girls' education was shot by the Taliban on October 9, 2012. Her only crime was loving education. Come learn about Malala's life and the state of education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Students from the region will screen the New York Times documentary Class Dismissed (2011, 30 mins) and discuss education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  

3:00 p.m., Axinn 229

Sponsored by Chellis House, Women's Resource Center

Thurs., October 25

Race, Love, and Violence: A Conversation with Kate Manning. In her controversial debut novel, Whitegirl (Random House, 2003), Kate Manning explored the intersections of  race, gender, class, and domestic violence.

4:30 p.m., Chellis House

TODAY:  Tuesday, October 30

Bridge Markland: Faust in a Box

Berlin performer Bridge Markland is a virtuoso of role play and transforma- tion. An artist who effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theater, performance, cabaret and puppet theater, she specializes in transgender performances in which the audience can experience the change of woman to man (or vice versa). Her main focus are collages of classic German plays with pop music performed. "Faust in the Box will be performed in English. 

 7:30-93 p.m., Chateau 005 (Performance Space)

Sponsored by MOQA, Queer Studies House, German Department, Theater Department, Dance Program, Brainerd Commons, and the Program in Women and Gender Studies.

Friday, November 2

Fiber Arts — The FUN Stress Antidote

An event for textile novices and fiber gurus with apparel engineer and artist Dorothea Langevin.

Living the spirit of the community, you are invited to join in, share and inspire, listen and talk, relax and explore — together!

4:30 p.m., Chellis House

Sponsored by Chellis House, Women's Resource Center

Sunday, November 4

Film screening: Guerrilla Midwife (Deja Bernhardt, 2011, 90 mins)

This documentary follows the remarkable work of 2011 CNN Hero Ibu Robin Lim and her efforts to protect the smallest citizens of the Earth. Captured on camera are tender moments of childbirth and human bonding, as they unfold in our planet's most extreme locations of environmental and political disaster. As filmmaker Bernhardt takes us from beautiful Bali, where terrorist bombings have destroyed the economy, to post-Tsunami Aceh, she highlights the efforts of one woman who has been recognized globally for illuminating the difference one person can make. Q&A with Ibu Robin Lim after the screening. 

4:30 p.m., Twilight Auditorium

Sponsored by the Program in Women and Gender Studies and Chellis House, Women's Resource Center

Tuesday, November 6

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in the Developing World

Lelise Getu ’13 talks about her efforts to help several female owners of start-ups in Ethiopia.

12:15 p.m., Chellis House

Sponsored by the Program in Women and Gender Studies and Chellis House, Women's Resource Center, and the Center for Education in Action

Spring 2010 Events

Life of the Mind Talks in Women’s & Gender Studies
at Chellis House in February and March
~ An Active Mind Deserves a Free Lunch ~
For reservations contact Karin Hanta: khanta@middlebury.edu,
… Women’s History Month is starting early at Middlebury …
Tuesday, February 16, 12:15 p.m., Château Grand Salon
"Scheming Young Ladies: Images of Female Musicians in Ragtime Novelty Songs."
“Life of the Mind” talk by Larry Hamberlin, Assistant Professor of Music and author of That Opera Rag: Operatic Novelties in the Ragtime Era (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Monday, February 22, 12:30 p.m., Chellis House
Student talk by Lark Nierenberg (’11) on her gender research project at SIT and the University of Amsterdam.
Tuesday, March 2, 12:15 pm, Chellis House
“What Women’s Work Does to Men: A Crisis of Masculinity from 19th Century America”
“Life of the Mind” talk by Amy Morsman, Associate Professor of History.
Tuesday, March 9, 12:15 p.m., Chellis House
“Bombay’s Cruel Months”
Yumna Siddiqi, Associate Professor of English, reads from her most recent creative work.
Tuesday, March 16, 12:15 p.m., Chellis House

Poet Karin Gottshall reads from her most recent work.
Monday, March 29, 12:15 p.m, Chellis House
Chela Andreu, professor emerita of Spanish, reads from her autobiographical manuscript.
Thursday, March 31, 12:15, Chellis House
“Takin’ It Like A Man: Troubling Gender in Japanese Martial Art”
Discussion on power/gender dynamics in the practice of Japanese martial art (aikido) with Jonathan Miller Lane, Assistant Professor of Education, and Linda White, Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies and WAGS.
Activist and Academic Events
Monday, February 15, 4:30 p.m., The Grille Juice Bar
“Being a (Wo)man of Color at Middlebury”
Panel discussion organized by the student group Women of Color.
Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 p.m., Warner Hemicycle
“Coming to See Privilege Systems: The Surprising Journey”
Lecture by Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Founder and Co-director of the United States S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). In 1988, she published the ground-breaking article, “White Privilege and Male Privilege:  A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies.”  This analysis and its shorter form, “White Privilege:  Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” 1989, have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States.
 Co-sponsored by the Dean of the College, Women of Color, AAA, KASA, Atwater Commons, Women’s & Gender Studies-Chellis House, and the Education Studies Department.
Wednesday, February 17, 4:30 p.m. (Axinn 232) and 7:30 p.m. (Warner Hemicycle)
“The Devil Came on Horseback” (Ricki Stern/Anne Sundberg, 2007)
Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, the film goes on an emotionally charged journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where in 2004, Steidle became witness to a genocide that to-date has claimed over 400,000 lives. Together with his sister Gretchen Wallace, Brian Steidle also penned the book The Devil Came on Horseback.

Thursday, February 18, Campus Visit by Gretchen Wallace, founder of  “Global Grassroots”“Survivors of Conflict — Agents of Change,” 12:15 p.m., McCullough Social Space
Officer hours with students -- one-on-one conversations: 2:30 - 4 p.m., CSO Library
Workshop: Conscious Social Change, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Axinn 232
In response to her experiences working for social justice with women in South Africa, Sudan, and Chad, Gretchen Wallace founded the organization Global Grassroots in 2006. While an MBA student at Tuck Business School at Dartmouth, she had developed a social entrepreneurship training program designed to assist women in post-conflict communities in need of personal security and financial independence. Integral to Global Grassroots' work is the value of cultivating inner strength and self-awareness through meditation and alternative healing practices. A therapeutic practitioner of Integrative Breathwork, Wallace uses these principles towards healing trauma from war and sexual violence.
Co-sponsored by the Dean of the College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Chellis House, UMOJA, MCAB, ISO, CSO.

Friday, February 19, 4:30 p.m., Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room
“Unveiling the Mystery of the Hijab”
Three young Middlebury women, Hafsa Ahmad ('12), Mahnaz Razaie ('13) and Mariam Boxwala ('13), will discuss their experiences wearing hijab, the veil worn by Muslim women. Professors Stearns and Armanios will be speaking about the historical and religious backgrounds of the hijab and Muslim women. The students will be discussing how it is to wear hijab in America post-9/11, their experiences as "hijabis" abroad and in Middlebury and dealing with misconceptions of Muslim women. After the panel discussion, there will be an open question and answer session for the panelists and professors."
Sponsored by the Middlebury Islamic Society

Monday, March 1, Helen Benedict campus visit 12:15 p.m., Chellis House  - Helen Benedict reads from her novel The Edge of Eden
Helen Benedict, professor of journalism at Columbia University, is the author of four novels and five books of non-fiction. The Edge of Eden is an elegant, often wickedly funny novel about a British family’s disintegration in the last-gasp colonial outpost of the Seychelles Islands in 1960.
7 p.m., Axinn 229
“The Lonely Soldier: Women at War in Iraq” Lecture by Helen Benedict
More American women have fought and died in Iraq than in any war since World War II, yet as soldiers they are still painfully alone. In Iraq, only one in ten troops is a woman, and she often serves in a unit with few other women or none at all. This isolation, along with the military’s deep-seated hostility toward women, causes problems that many female soldiers find as hard to cope with as war itself: degradation, sexual persecution by their comrades, and loneliness, instead of the camaraderie that every soldier depends on for comfort and survival.
 Sponsored by WAGS-Chellis, the Creative Writing Program, and Womensafe.
Monday, March 8, 7 p.m. Chellis House
Fraker Prize Reception for International Women’s Day
Every year, the Alison G. Fraker prize is awarded to a student whose essay on a topic specifically concerning women’s and gender studies is judged the best.Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m., Chateau Grand Salon
Julia Alvarez reads from her work for women’s history month.
It’s Gaypril!
Thursday, April 1, 12:15 p.m., Chellis House

“The State of Queer Families in the Netherlands:
Discrepancies Between Intentional and Legal Three-Parent Families”
Student talk by Lark Nierenberg (’11) on her gender research project at SIT and the University of Amsterdam.
The 2010 Gensler Endowment/CCSRE Symposium
“Interrogating Citizenship: Sex, Race, Class and Regimes of Power”
This forum attempts to interrogate the concept of citizenship by looking at the ways it has been and is deployed by regimes of power, as well as in reaction to these regimes. In particular, we will focus on the interaction between constructions of citizenship and those of race, sexuality, gender and class. How has the concept of citizenship been used in projects of nation building, war, empire and labor mobilization? How have categories of race and sexuality entered into this? Have there been significant cases of counter representations, alternative constructions of citizenship that question received categories in the cases under consideration?
Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m., Bicentennial Hall 216
“Deconstructing Citizenship: Expanding Rights or Impeding Freedom”
Keynote talk by Saskia Sassen, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Saskia Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new networked technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions. Much of her research, as seen in books such as The Mobility of Labor and Capital, The Global City, and Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages, has focused on the unexpected and the counterintuitive as a way to cut through established “truths.” Her latest book is A Sociology of Globalization (Norton 2007). She has just completed for UNESCO a five-year project on sustainable human settlement for which she set up a network of researchers and activists in over 30 countries; it is published as one of the volumes of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems.
Saturday, April 3, Robert A. Jones (’59) Conference Room
9:30-11:30 AM: Panel 1: The Other Among "Us: Gendering Diaspora and Citizenship," Kamakshi Murti (German, Middlebury College)
“To Veil or not to Veil? Shakespeare’s Dane misspeaks!”
Cem Özdemir, a member of the Green Party, became the first person of Turkish descent to be elected to the Bundestag in October, 1994. One need only listen to the extremely contentious debate about the presence of Islam not just in Germany, but in the countries of the EU, to comprehend why Özdemir’s election to the German Parliament made headlines. ‘German Citizenship’ and the ‘Turkish Community’ –these two terms are seen as mutually exclusive. My paper will attempt to unravel the palimpsest of discourses that underlie this debate in order to understand what anxieties surround the increasingly visible Muslim presence in Germany in particular.
Martin Manalansan (Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
“Emotional Regimes, Care Labor and Citizenship in the Filipino Queer Diaspora.” This presentation is a critical reading of the Israeli documentary "Paper Dolls" which is about Filipino gay and transgendered (male to female) paraprofessional care workers who look after elderly Orthodox Jewish men in Tel Aviv. Like other Filipino migrant laborers, these queer workers are faced with the dilemma of engaging with Philippine state mandated emotional regimes around care labor (e.g. Filipinos are a "loving people" hence are suited for care work), navigating Israel's tough immigration controls and being immersed in the contradictory realm of family life in a foreign land. Therefore, this presentation explores the intersections of gender, sexuality, race and emotions with citizenship as these nodes relate to the labor of nation building and national survival.
Anore Horton (History, University of Vermont)
“Second-Class Nationalism vs. Second-Class Citizenship: Puerto Rican Women’s Status within the U.S. Cold War Empire.”  Puerto Rican scholars and pro-independence politicians have often portrayed Puerto Ricans as dupes for consistently voting to maintain Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship with the United States. This presentation uses the ways Puerto Rican women were gendered in the debates over the island’s political status in the 1930s-1950s, along with their actual experiences of labor and migration, to examine and reconsider this claim. Noon: Lunch in RAJ Conference Room
1:30-3:30 PM: Panel 2: "nvisible Exclusions? Citizenship and the Everyday."  Ritty Lukose (Anthropology, New York University)
“Anthropologizing Citizenship: The 'Everyday' as a Standpoint of Critique."  This presentation will explore the possibilities and limits of a specifically anthropological approach to the study of citizenship by interrogating the ways in which the category and lens of the "everyday" gets deployed to examine citizenship and the politics of belonging. It will chart the ways in which the everyday is a particularly useful and productive lens for understanding the intersectional dynamics and complexities of gender, class and caste (using an Indian context) while also pointing to some of the difficulties of this approach for articulating a vigorous politics of citizenship.
Rebecca Tiger (Sociology, Middlebury College) - “Just Say No: Criminalized Exclusion and Marginalized Citizenship in the U.S.”
Over 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S. with another 5.1 million supervised by probation and parole. These 7.3 million people, the majority of whom are African American and Latino, are in a state of legal limbo in the US. Having been convicted of a crime and, in many instances, having served their sentence for this crime, they are monitored in extraordinary ways, often denied the right to vote, housing and education and permanently marked as an “outsider” because of their criminal conviction. In this presentation, I’ll provide an overview of the expansion of the criminal justice system in the US, consider the overt and subtle ways people labeled criminal are excluded from full participation in society, and link these exclusionary mechanisms to enduring regimes of racial control. Overall, I’ll consider how our “culture of control” creates a permanent class of citizen-outsiders.
Felicia Kornbluh (History, University of Vermont)
"A Right to Welfare? Post-World War Two U.S. Social Movements and Citizenship Claims for Economic Justice."  - This paper will discuss the role of claims for economic justice in the agendas of major social movements in the post-World War Two United States. Such claims were most evident in the movement for welfare rights, which emerged in the early 1960s and collapsed at the national level in the middle 1970s. However, they were also present more generally in the African American freedom movement, north and south, from the end of World War Two until at least the 1970s, the postwar women's movement, and the early movement for disability rights. Kornbluh will speak based upon three case studies-welfare rights, northern civil rights, and disability rights-as well as recent scholarship on "trade-union" or "working-class" feminism.
4:00-5:30 PM: Panel 3: Citizen/Soldier: The Violence of Citizenship
Holly Allen (American Studies, Middlebury College)
“Sex, Citizenship, and the U.S. Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.”  Feminists have long sought women’s full inclusion in the military, including combat roles. At the same time, GLBT activists have worked to overturn anti-homosexual exclusions in the military, including the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule. This paper examines the current status of such civil rights claims in light of the following questions: What are the sexual dimensions of U.S. warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan? How essential are sexual violence and intimidation – against female and homosexual troops and against Iraqi and Afghani civilians -- to U.S. military strategy in those contexts? Finally, how might recent feminist and queer theories about the sexual dimensions of citizenship duties, rights, and obligations prompt us to reframe our thinking about military inclusion?
Deb Cowen (Geography, University of Toronto)
“The Security of the Barracks’: Welfare, Warfare and the Soldier Citizen”
In 1944 Friedrich Von Hayek asserted that the army offered the only possible model for guaranteeing social security for the 'whole of society’. For Hayek, the 'security of the barracks' was inseparable from the unfreedom of military life. And indeed, from Bismarck's social insurance to the American GI Bill, key social technologies of the welfare state were initially engineered to support the battlefield, even as they came to transform relations in factories and households. The connections between soldiers and social citizenship remain profound today even as they are dramatically recast. While 'military welfare' was once the basis for civilian social citizenship, today we witness the expansion of the former alongside the erosion of the latter. With a focus on the gendered and racialized geographies of war work and national identity, this paper places organized violence at the centre of the social.
Sponsored by the Gensler Family Fund, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity,
the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of American Studies, the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs,
Atwater Commons, Ross Commons and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Tuesday, April 6, 12:15 p.m., Chellis House
"Women’s Leadership Today and Tomorrow"
Student talk by Ashley Cheung and Sydney Alfonso talk about their participation in the National Conference of College Women Student Leadership organized by the American Association of University women. If you are interested in going this year in June and receiving a stipend, please come and attend.
Monday, April 12, 12:15 p.m., Chellis House
Chela Andreu, professor emerita of Spanish, talks about her book manuscript on Corín Tellado, a prolific Spanish writer of romantic novels and photonovels that were best-sellers in several Spanish-language countries. The author published more than 4,000 novels and sold more than 400 million books, which have been translated into several languages.
Focus on Women & Development
Friday, April 15, 7 p.m., Robert A. Jones (’59) Lecture Room
"Gender Inclusion for Poverty-Alleviation in a Market Economy:
Opportunities and Challenges"
Lecture by Vanita Viswanath, Chief Executive Officer of Udyogini, a non-profit organization working in seven states of North and Central India building capacity, enabling market access and undertaking supply chain development for microenterprises for poor women.
Co-sponsored by the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, the South Asia Studies Program, and the Women’s & Gender Studies Program-Chellis House.
Tuesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Axinn 219
Film screening of “Where the Water Meets the Sky”
Narrated by Morgan Freeman, Where the Water Meets the Sky is the story of a remarkable group of women in a remote region of northern Zambia, who are given a unique opportunity: to learn how to make a film, as a way to speak out about their lives and to challenge the local traditions which have, until now, kept them silent.
Many in the group can’t read or write, most are desperately poor, and few have been exposed to film or television. But with the help of two teachers, this class of 23 women learn to shoot a film that portrays a subject of their own choosing. It involves an issue that is traumatic for them all, and rarely spoken about: the plight of young women orphaned by AIDS.
Co-sponsored by WAGS-Chellis, the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, and the African Studies Program.
Wednesday, April 21, 7 pm, Warner Hemicycle
"Grandma’s Got A Video Camera"
Screening of 1-hour documentary by Brazilian filmmaker Tânia Cypriano A family of Brazilian immigrants portray their lives in the United States for over 20 years. From enchantment to disillusionment, from idealization to conformity, first-hand images and voices depict how newly arriving immigrants see their new world, and struggle to establish their final home. Discussion with filmmaker about the “making of” and transnationalism to follow film
Co-sponsored by the History Department, International Studies, Latin American Studies, and WAGS-Chellis.
Wednesday, April 21, 7 pm, Axinn 229
"Why Myth Matters:
A Personal and Literary Look at the Story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar"
Lecture by Charlotte Gordon, a writer of poetry, non-fiction and fiction. She began her writing life as a poet and has published two books of poetry, When the Grateful Dead Came to St. Louis and Two Girls on a Raft. Her biography of the 17th century poet, Anne Bradstreet, Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America’s First Poet, (Little, Brown, 2005) won a New England Book Award for non-fiction. She is the recipient of a Robert Penn Warren Award for her poetry, and has taught Religion and Literature in the Department of Theology at Boston University. From 1999-2002 she was a lecturer in Elie Wiesel’s seminars, The Literature of Memory. Her latest book, The Woman Who Named God: Abraham’s Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown, 2009), retells the famous biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.
Co-sponsored by Hillel, WAGS-Chellis, Brainerd Commons, Jewish Studies, and
The Chaplain's Office.
Focus on Women & the Sciences
Wednesday, April 21, 4:30 pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103 (Hillcrest)
Faculty lecture by WAGS member Heidi Grasswick, Professor of Philosophy. “’Science Says’: Problems of Trust Across the Expert-Lay Divide”
Friday, April 23, 12:15 p.m.
A Lunchtime Conversation with Carla Fehr, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Iowa State University. Friday April 23, 3 p.m., Hillcrest 103 - “What’s in It for Me? Selfish Reasons for Hiring Women Scientists and Treating Them Well”
Lecture by Carla Fehr, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Iowa State University
Co-sponsored by the Philosophy, Biology, Neuroscience, and Physics Department, the Women’s & Gender Studies Program & Wonnacott Commons.