School of Cognitive Science Adele Simmons Hall 559-5502

CS 120 – Women in Animation
Christopher  Perry
Monday, Wednesday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course is a general introduction to animated filmmaking with an emphasis on the creative contributions of women. Through readings, screenings, and discussions, students (regardless of gender) will explore the work of female animators, directors, painters, writers, and producers. These studies will inspire and inform production assignments in which students produce their own animations using both traditional and digital animation tools. No prior animation experience is expected in this first-year tutorial; ideal candidates will simply be curious about the art, history, and/or technology of the field.

School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies 12 Emily Dickinson Hall 559-5362

HACU 121T – The Body in Modern Art
Sura Levine
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

The representation of the human body is central to the history of art. This course will explore this crucial subject as it has been portrayed over the past two centuries. The course begins with readings on anatomy and the shift from Jacques-Louis David’s virile masculinity in the 1780s to a more androgynous and even feminized male as rendered by his followers. It then will explore the spectacle of a modern city in which prostitutes/ Venus/ femme fatales/other kinds of working women, often were favored over the domestic sphere. After examining art from the period of World War I where various assaults on traditional mimesis took place among avant-garde artists, this course will explore contemporary investigations of bodily representation, from the body sculpting projects of Orlan to identity politics and the ways that bodily representations have been developed.

HACU 123T – Contemporary Feminist Philosophies
Monique  Roelofs
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

Contemporary feminist philosophers, postcolonial theorists, and critical race theorists have formulated influential views of subjectivity and sociality. This course explores fundamental concepts and ideas that help you think critically and analytically about race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, and the transnational. We will investigate philosophical questions surrounding the following themes: race, gender, and sexuality as social constructions; intersectionality; embodiment; relationality and coalition; neoliberalism, multiculturalism and the commodification of difference; global feminisms; theories of transformation and critique.

HACU – Feminist Performance and Film
Baba Hillman
Tuesday, Thursday  9:00-10:20 a.m.

Through readings, screenings and discussion we will question the visual and performative approaches of a range of filmmakers and performers. We will consider the works of Yamina Benguigui, Ximena Cuevas, Marina Abramovic, Martha Rosler, Fanta Regina Nacro, and Mona Hatoum among others, and will examine the diverse performative strategies these artists use to confront questions of feminism, gender, race, sexuality and transnationality. We will discuss how these films cut across performative codes in moves that question the act and meaning of performance in relation to media; how they reflect the artists' drive to create visual and physical languages that embody the questions and ideas that inspire them. Students will complete two projects in film or video.

HACU 140 – Writing from the Diaspora:  Contemporary Women’s Literatue
Alicia Ellis
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course is designed to provide a familiarity with some defining texts by contemporary women writers. You will be asked to think and write about meanings, which have become naturalized in practice and ideology and how our texts think through/beyond those taxonomies of power, coercion and abridgement in order to neutralize them. Topics to be discussed include: gender and sexuality, race and class, immigration and colonialism, the politics of identity and embodiment and the creative female voice. This course requires mandatory weekly discussion board posts, frequent short writing assignments and active class participation. Authors will include but are not limited to Michelle Cliff, Maryse Conde, Ana Castillo, Kiran Desai, Andrea Levy and Jhumpa Lahiri.

HACU 159 – Women’s Lives/Women’s Stories
Susan Tracy
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

In this course set mostly in the twentieth century, we will investigate and analyze the lives and work of women writers and will consider the interrelationship of the writer's life, the historical period in which she lives, and the work she produces. We will examine the different paths these women took to become writers, the obstacles they overcame and the themes that emerge from their work.

HACU 277 – Film Theory Seminar:  Gender and Genre
Lise Sanders
Tuesday 12:30-3:20 p.m.,  Screening Monday 7:00-9:00 p.m.

In her seminal 1991 essay "Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, Excess," Linda Williams observed that "The repetitive formulas and spectacles of film genres are often defined by their differences from the classical realist style of narrative cinema." In this course, we will use the relationship between gender and genre as a lens through which to view these differences as we trace the evolution of film theory since the 1970s. Readings will draw on foundational texts in psychoanalysis, feminist and queer theory, postcolonial theory, and other trends in film criticism, accompanied by weekly screenings.

 

School of Natural Science 311 Cole Science Building 559-5371

NS 209- Health Disparities
Richard Aronson
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.
Component

Social injustice creates conditions that lead to unconscionable public health disparities. This course explores the origins of health disparities (U.S. and global) and highlights promising efforts to address them. What constitutes a health disparity in public health? What is the “life course perspective” in maternal and child health? How does chronic stress from discrimination make women vulnerable to having premature small babies? How are traumatic childhood experiences associated with earlier, more severe chronic diseases in adulthood? We will examine research on these questions and explore community-rooted best practices to create equity. Such practices: 1) Draw on the resilience of individuals, families, and communities; 2) Tap into social capital and connectedness to enrich health; 3) Foster collaborative action among multiple stakeholders; and 4) Deeply value the influence of culture and language on health and healing, incorporating respect for the dignity of all people within such a context.

 

School of Social Science 218 Franklin Patterson Hall 559-5548

SS 119 – Third World, Second Sex: Does Economic Development Enrich or Impoverish Women’s Lives?
Laurie Nisonoff
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.

What happens to women when societies "modernize" and industrialize their economies? Is capitalist economic development a step forward or a step backward for women in industrialized and developing countries? In this seminar we look at debates about how some trends in worldwide capitalist development affect women's status, roles and access to resources, and locate the debates in historical context. In the "global assembly line" debate we look at women's changing work roles. We ask whether women workers in textile and electronics factories gain valuable skills, power and resources through these jobs, or whether they are super-exploited by multinational corporations. In the population control debate, we ask whether population policies improve the health and living standards of women and their families or whether the main effect of these policies is to control women, reinforcing their subordinate positions in society. Other topics include the effects of economic change on family forms, the nature of women's work in the so-called "informal sector," and what's happening to women in the current worldwide economic crisis.

SS 126 – Introduction to U.S. Women’s History: Asian American Women
Lili Kim
Tuesday, Thursday  10:30-11:50 a.m.

This introductory U.S. women’s history course examines the experience of Asian immigrant and American women in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. Employing feminist methodologies, we will explore the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and transnationality in shaping Asian American women’s lives and experiences, and how these women in turn alter U.S. history. How did the experiences of Asian American women differ from those of their male counterparts? How did the process of immigration and acculturation affect the traditional power dynamics of family and work? We will pay particular attention to major social, economic, and political events in American history, such as the immigration reform laws, the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and the Vietnam War, which ushered in demographic changes as well as various socio-economic conditions for Asian American women in American society. Course materials represent a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, ethnography, literature) and primary sources (letters, diaries, oral histories, government documents, newspaper articles, memoirs, films) that contribute to the field of U.S. and Asian American women’s history.

SS166 – Girls in School:  Feminisms and Educational Inequality
Kristen Luschen
Tuesday, Thursday  12:30-1:50 p.m.

The relationship of girls’ empowerment to education has been and continues to be a key feminist issue. Second wave liberal feminism, for instance, strove to make schools more equitable places for girls, demanding equal access and resources for girls and boys in schools and the elimination of discrimination specifically impacting girls. Yet the relationship of gender inequality and schooling is a complicated and contentious site of research and policy. In this course we will examine how various feminist perspectives have defined and addressed the existence of gender inequality in American schools. By analyzing research, pedagogies, policies and programs developed in the past few decades to address gender inequality and schooling, students should complete the course with a complex view of feminism and how these different, and at times contradictory, perspectives have contributed to the debates around educational inequality and the design of educational reform. Students enrolled the course should expect to participate in a community-based learning component.

SS 224 – The Battle Between Science & Religion in Sexual & Reproductive Health
Marlene Fried
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

This course will explore contemporary debates over religion v. science as they are occurring in the areas of sexuality and reproduction. Questions asked will include: What is “junk” science and is it in the eye of the beholder? How does one identify and counter pseudo scientific claims? Can science be distinguished from ideology? Issues to be investigated include: the FDA?s refusal to approve over the counter distribution of Emergency Contraception; claims that abortion is linked to breast cancer and post-traumatic-stress disorder; the removal of information about condoms and HIV/AIDS prevention from the CDC website; the effectiveness of abstinence-only sexuality education; objections to stem cell research. We will look at these issues in the context of broader societal debates such as that over creationism v. intelligent design and challenges to claims about the objectivity of science. Finally, we will examine viewpoints which offer alternatives to the polarization.

SS 243 - Interrogating Fear: Bioterrors, the Environment, and the Construction of Threats
Betsey Hartmann
Tuesday, Thursday  2:00-3:20 p.m.

We live in a world filled with fear and anxiety not only about terrorism but biological and environmental threats such as new strains of flu and invasive species. Should we be afraid of these threats? Are they exaggerated or genuine? This course systematically explores the construction of threats and addresses how historical assumptions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and national security have profoundly shaped how we come to fear certain things and not others. Drawing on popular, academic and policy literature, we will examine the facts and fictions that go into the construction of threats and the analytical tools we can use to discern them. In particular, we will explore how the construction of contemporary security threats draws on deep-seated discourses of danger about the Third World and immigration. We will conclude the course by considering whether fear can be mobilized in more constructive ways.

SS 311 – Women and Work
Laurie Nisonoff
Wednesday  9:00-11:50 a.m.

This research workshop examines case studies of the interrelationships of gender and capital, some located in specific practice, time and place, others directed toward theoretical critique and construction. We examine issues such as: the work lives of women in the home and workplace; the relationships between "paid" and "unpaid" work; the "feminization of poverty" and of policy; the growth of new professions, the service sector, and the global assembly line.