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Pro-Seminar - Tale of Genji: Text & Image
Doris Bargen
Monday 2:30 - 5:15 pm

This proseminar is an intensive study of the supreme Japanese classic work The Tale of Genji (in English translation). Written a millennium ago by the court lady Murasaki Shikibu, the Tale of Genji was illustrated lavishly, like other monogatari. (tales). Certain aspects of the Genji lent themselves as sources for the performing arts, such as Noh drama and modern film. Students will focus on selected themes, like spirit possession and voyeurism, and trace them throughout the monumental text. To understand how such literary topoi were received over the centuries, it is instructive to study how Genji iconography changed, sometimes radically, from the traditional aristocratic forms of representation in the theater and the visual arts to amateur paintings and popular woodblock prints, modern painterly renditions and the post modern version of woodblock prints, the comic strip. Finally, the Tale of Genji also has a rich cinematographic tradition including animation. Class participation and a term paper are required. There are no prerequisites. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for majors and minors.

Women in Antiquity (HS)
Elizabeth Keitel
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:10 am

Lives, roles, contributions, and status of women in Greek and Roman societies, as reflected in classical literature and the archaeological record.

ComHl 213/
Peer Health Education I
Gloria DiFulvio
Educ 213
Thursday 4:00 - 6:30 pm

Training course. Students participate in campus outreach projects while learning specific information on the primary health issues for college students; alcohol and other drug use, sexual decision-making, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, eating disorders and stress management techniques. Class involves personal health assessment such as personal alcohol and drug survey, small group discussions, guest lectures, role playing, team building and public speaking exercises. Class size limited to 20. Students must complete an application and process for admission to the Peer Health Education Program. This courses is the first course in a year-long academic course.

ComHl 214/
Peer Health Education II
Sally Damon
Educ 214
Wednesday 1:25 - 3:55 pm

Utilizing the skills and information from EDUC/ComHl 213, students are prepared to conduct educational programs in the residence halls and Greek areas. Significant group facilitation, workshop presentation and health education program planning training. Campus outreach projects include World AIDS day, Safe Spring Break, Designated Driver, and Safer Sex Campaigns. Advanced peers serve as mentors to the first semester peer health educators, and may elect to continue in the program through independent study credits. Consent of instructor required. Prerequisite: EDUC/ComHl 213.

ComHl 396
Ind. Study - Not Ready for Bedtime Players (NRBP)
Betsy Dinger/Sally Damon
by arrangement; Auditions May 13, 1997

The NRBP theater troupe was established in 1988 as an educational response to the growing HIV/AIDs crisis. Since that time, the troupe’s repertoire has expanded to include a broader spectrum of issues including homophobia, discrimination, sexual decision-making alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault and eating disorders. The goals of NRBP are: (1) to increase comfort discussing sexuality issues related to college students; (2) to increase compassion for individuals who are HIV infected; (3) to provide updated factual information regarding HIV, STDs, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault, and eating disorders; (4) to increase knowledge of safer sex practices; (5) to model examples of good sexual communication; and (6) to increase sense of personal susceptibility to HIV, STDs, alcohol or other drug abuse, eating disorders, and sexual assault. The hour long performance consists of several student-written vignettes which explore a range of student health concerns. Performances are scheduled weekly in the six residential areas on campus, with attendance typically in the range of 50- 100 students. During 1995-96, a total of 13 performances reached 1100 students. Call 577-5181 for more information.

ComHl 496
Ind. Study in Queer Peer Education (1-3 credits)
Lauri Turkovsky
by arrangement

The Queer Peer Education program is a branch of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgenderal Health and Wellness Project. The Project’s mission is to promote GLBT wellness through education and outreach. Students involved in the Project can get 1, 2, or 3 credits under the Community Health Independent Study designation. Students receiving credit contract with the instructor to carry out a variety of tasks that promote health education in the GLBT community. These tasks may include: campus center or/and evening event outreach, workshop development or/and presentation, pamphlet design, bulletin board design, community even coordination. Student must contact instructor, Lauri Turkovsy at 577-5181, to add course.

CS 597B
Special Topics - Dress, Gender & Culture
Susan Michelman
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 pm

An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exploration of dress as one of the most significant markers of gender identity. Students will analyze this relationship by studying ethnographic areas ranging from Asia, Europe, Africa, to North and South America. Current research will be examined as well as studies based on historical data. Prerequisite CS 155. Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students only.

ECON 348/WOST 391E
Political Economy of Women
Lisa Saunders
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

This course uses a wide range of women’s issues to teach varied economic principles and theories. Popular women’s topics in past semesters include women’s increasing labor force participation; gender differences in hiring, promotions, and earnings; the growing poverty rate for female headed households; trade policy effects on women in the US and other countries; and race and class differences in the economic opportunities of women. Empirical assessment of women’s work in the market and in the home in the US and other countries. Reconsideration of traditional issues of political economy, comparative economic history, and labor economics.

Educ 213/
Peer Health Education I
Gloria DiFulvio
ComHl 213
Thursday 4:00 - 6:30 pm

See ComHl 213 for course description.

Educ 214/ComHl 214
Peer Health Education II
Sally Damon
Wednesday 1:25 - 3:55 pm

See ComHl 214 for course description.

Sexism (1 credit)
Barbara Love
Saturday 11/15 and Sunday 11/16.

This social issues course meets for one weekend. There is a mandatory organizational meeting on Thursday, September 11 in the Campus Center Auditorium from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Students will not be admitted to the course if they do not attend this session. Mandatory P/F grading.

Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Oppression (1 credit)
Pat Griffin
Saturday 10/25 and Sunday 10/26

This social issues course meets for one weekend. There is a mandatory organizational meeting on Thursday, September 11 in the Campus Center Auditorium from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Students will not be admitted to the course if they do not attend this session. Mandatory P/F grading.

Peer Education - Sexual Harassment
Craig Alimo
Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 - 4:30 pm

This is a three-credit graded course. Students taking the course will present pre-set workshops on Sexual Harassment to different residence halls and other campus groups. This workshop will provide the student peer educators with general information, goals, group activities, program guidelines and handout material. The students will start presenting these programs during the second half of the semester and continue throughout. The seminar classes will provide further information about sexual harassment, and support and supervision for the peer educators as they offer the workshops. In addition, students will be instructed on social issues around sexual harassment, on the lives of the victim, harassers, and the institution, workshop dynamics, teaching and communication skills, and strategies for female and male co-facilitators. Students will be evaluated on the basis of workshops presented, quizzes, classroom participation, journal writing, short papers, self-assessment of workshops and a final paper.

ENGL 132
Man and Woman in Literature (ALD)
5 lectures & residential education -
please check Pre-Registration Guide for Times

Literature treating the relationship between man and woman. Topics may include the nature of love, the image of the hero and of the heroine, and definitions, past and present, of the masculine and feminine. 100 level courses do not count toward Women’s Studies major.

Women in Medieval Literature (4 cr. - Honors)
Arlyn Diamond
Wednesday 3:35 - 6:05 pm

This course will focus on works written specifically for and by women in medieval England (including translations). Readings from among: St. Margaret or St. Juliana, Margery Kempe, Julian of norwich, marie de France, Christine de Pisan. Two short papers, class reports, one research paper. Prerequisite: EnglWP 112 or equivalent. Fulfills the Junior-Year Writing Requirement. English majors only.

Toni Morrison: Fiction & Criticism (4 cr. - Honors)
Margo Culley
Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 2:15 pm

A course on the complete works of Nobel Prize winner writer Toni Morrison focusing on both the artistry and cultural contexts of her work. We will read the six novels: The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, and Jazz, and her critical essays Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. We will also study The Black Book, a book she edited at random House, learn what we can about her play “Dreaming Emmett,” read and view selected interviews. We will also read selected Morrison criticism. Written work three 6-8 page papers. Prerequisite: EnglWP 112 or equivalent. Fulfills junior Year Writing Requirement. English majors only. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for majors and minors.

Narrating Prostitution/ Prostituting Narrative
Christine Cooper
Thursday 2:30 - 5:00 pm

In this course we will interrogate cultural assumptions about prostitution as we explore the various forms prostitution takes in short stories, poems, novels, and plays in different historical and social contexts. Beginning with ‘stories’ of prostitution that we know (i.e. stereotypes), we will move through a variety of narratives of prostitution and ask what it means for sex to be work and whether work in other forms (physical labor, intellectual labor, finding a spouse, writing a novel, etc.) can be sexualized. Can marriage be figured as legalized prostitution? What happens to our understanding of prostitution when it occurs under the conditions of enslavement poverty? How does the selling of sex relate to economic, social, and cultural power? How do the stereotypes of prostitution look in writing, in writing across the centuries (primarily 18th to 20th), or across the Atlantic (primarily British and American)? And how are these stereotypes altered by the very process of narration? As we explore the formal aspects of these narratives, we will think about the types of cultural work being done by the deployment of prostitution in the forms, with the details and plots, that we encounter. Fulfills Junior Year Writing Requirement. English majors only.

HIST 388
U.S. Women to 1890 (HSD)
Joyce Berkman
Tuesday, Thursday 1:25 pm, plus discussion section

An interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to changes and continuities in women’s lives from the pre-colonial era to 1890, focuses on the interplay of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and regionality on the formation of female identity, features impact of American revolution, emergence of industrial capitalism, slavery, and westward expansion on female consciousness, social and cultural gender norms, and women’s political behavior. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores only.

European and US Women’s History [4 cr]
Joyce Berkman
Wednesday 7:00 - 10:00 pm

This course offers graduate studnets an opportunity to study comparative US and European history. Our focus will be on similarities and differences in women’s national experiences as well as the nature of transAtlantic exchanges in ideas and societal patterns. Issues of historical methodology and theories of gender will receive attention throughout the semester. Through readings in an array of analytic and interpretative perspectives as well as accounts by and about modern European and US women’s lives, we will examine the complex interplay of gender, social class, ethnic, race, religious and national identity in shaping women’s circumstances, behavior, objective and subjective identity. My provisional list of topics is: selective revolutions, nineteenth-century gender and class formation, prostitution, World War One, and struggles for women’s rights. Three papers on assigned and several optional readings for three of the topics. Participation in class discussion and partial responsibility for organizing one week’s class meeting.

Seminar - The Body in History (4 cr)
Kathy Peiss
Tuesday 9:05 am - 12:05 pm

Until recently most historians have treated the human body as a timeless, natural vessel - an entity that carries and enacts thought, emotion, and intentions that are subject to historical inquiry, but is, in itself, outside of history. This course assumes otherwise. Readings problematize the body as a subject of historical research and interpretation. Particular focus on the body in relation to construction of gender, race, and sexuality, to changing modes of production and consumption, and to the organization of knowledge; the body as a medium of identity, culture and politics, especially in the twentieth century. Non-History graduate instructors by permission of instructor.

The Family (ID) (4 cr. - Honors)
Martha Yoder
Tuesday, Thursday 3:35-5:30 pm

Historical, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the American family. Beginning in the pre-Civil War period, when white middle class culture evolved an ideal of the family as a refuge from the harsh outside world, and continuing our inquiry up until the present day, when many Americans lament the perceived dissolution ties, we will ask: What is considered normal, healthy behavior in the American family at different time periods and for different social and ethnic groups? What is considered abnormal and dysfunctional? Is the family primarily an economic unit, or does it exist primarily to meet emotional and psychological needs? What does na idealized image of the family say about the culture from which it arises? We will use interpretive texts from history, sociology, and psychology. We will also read novels and memoirs in an attempt to understand the subjective familial experience of individuals from different social and ethnic backgrounds.

Women, Men and Journalism
Karen List
Tuesday 1:00 - 3:45 pm

Seniors and Juniors only. This course looks at issues surrounding the participation and portrayal of women in American journalism from colonial to contemporary times. It focuses on women journalists and the obstacles they have faced as well as on coverage of women from the 18th century through today in the context of the news-editorial aspect of newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting. Parallels are drawn with other groups, including African-Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Women in Jewish History
Ruth Abrams
Wednesday 10:10 - 12:20 pm

A survey of some recent works on Jewish women, analyzing them in terms of historiographic approaches. Primary focus on women as historical actors. Special attention to how acknowledging women’s experiences might change traditional periodizations of Jewish history. Emphasis on how historians have used methods from other disciplines to work on women in other specific subject areas.

Issues of Women and Work
Tuesday 7:30 - 10:00 pm

The role of women at a variety of workplaces from historical, economic, sociological, and political points of view. Among areas considered: discrimination, health care, women in the labor movement and in management, and civil rights legislation.

Feminist Legal Theory
Dianne Brooks
Tuesday, Thursday 11:15 - 12:30 pm

Intensive course dealing with issues of law and gender. Uses feminist legal theory, case law and other readings to examine the law’s role in the history of gender oppression as well as current issues of law and gender such as reproductive rights, sex discrimination, rape and pornography. Prerequisite: LEGAL 250 or background in women’s studies, feminist theory.

Special Topics: Women’s Health Initiative
Helen Carcio/Sally Hardin
by arrangement

See Department for description. Course limited to matriculated Nursing students only or by permission of instructor.

PHIL 381
Philosophy of Women (SBD)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:05 am

General overview of philosophies of women, their role in society and their relation to men. Representative Western philosophers and their views on women, feminist theories of male dominance, and contemporary ethical and political issues: marriage, sexual preference, violence against women, women and work, and differences among women.

Politics of Sexual Acts
Barbara Cruikshank
Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 - 3:45 pm

This course covers the politics of sex and sexual acts (rather than gender politics). We will ask, how does the tradition of political theory deal with the act of sex? How does sex become political? How is sex made governable? What are the roots of the contemporary politics of sex? Is the body politic a sexual body? What is the relation between sexual passion and political passion? Issues will include the incest taboo, prostitution, sexual violence, sexuality, pleasure, disease, and resistance. Prerequisite: POLSCI 171.

The Psychology of Exclusion: Lesbian Experience (SBD)
Bonnie Strickland
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the psychology of women, including a review and evaluation of psychological theories and research about female development and the life experiences that primarily affect girls and women. We will consider the diversity of female experience, as well as common themes that are shared by most women. PRIORITY TO PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS.

Race, Sex, and Social Class (SBD)
Pamela Quiroz/Suzanne Model
#1 Monday, Wednesday 11:15am, plus discussion
#2 Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am

The interaction of race, gender and social class in work, family, daily life, and struggle. Discussion of the effects and experiences of race, gender, and social class on social and economic processes and their relationship to other aspects of social life, including family and occupation. 100 level courses do not count toward Women’s Studies major.

The Family (SBD)
Naomi Gerstel
Monday, Wednesday 3:35 pm, plus discussion section

Lecture, discussion. Historical development of the family: changes in household structure, in relations between husband and wife, between parents and children and among extended kin. Social forces shaping the contemporary family, from the choice of a mate, to marriage (both his and hers) and kinship, to parenting (from the perspective of both parents and children), to the diverse endings of marriage. Three exams.

New Left and New Right
Janice Irvine
Monday, Wednesday 11:15-12:30 pm

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors only. This course examines social conflict over “family values” with a particular emphasis on sexuality and gender. We will explore the emergence of a politicized Christian fundamentalist movement and examine its coalitions with conservative Catholics, Muslims, and Jews. We will see how this broader religious right movement has launched culture wars over such issues as abortion, sex education, teen pregnancy, and lesbian/gay issues.

Sexuality and Society (SBD)
Janice Irvine
Monday, Wednesday 9:05 am, plus discussion section

Examines the many ways in which social factors shape our sexuality. In particular, we examine cultural diversity - by such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual identity - in the ways in which both individuals and social groups organize sexuality. We will explore topics such as: adolescent sexuality, the invention of heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality; the medicalization of sexuality; and social theories about how we become sexual. Three in-class exams.

Spanish-American Women Writers
Nina Scott
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 am

Introduction to selected works of major Spanish American women writers. We will work in a variety of genres (spiritual, autobiography, poetry, drama, novel) and cover topics such as writing by nuns, antislavery and racism, terrorism, the affirmation of the Latina self, etc. Fulfills Women of Color requirement for majors and minors.

Special Topics - Contemporary Spanish Women Poets
Raquel Medina
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 - 6:30 pm

Spanish poetry written by women from 1960 to the present. Special attention given to the representation of the poetic voice and subjectivity.

Sexuality & Gender: Contemporary Theories, Politics, & Practices
Claire Hemmings
Tuesday 4:00 - 6:30 pm

This course looks at sexuality and gender in the context of feminist, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered theories and politics through fiction, film, theory, photography, and archive materials. Topics for analysis and discussion will include: queer sexuality, butch fem erotics, bisexuality, Freud bigot or genius, violence and representation, and "sex" wars. Open enrollment.