Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council

Co-chaired by Professor Yasmine Ergas and Professor Alondra Nelson, the WGSS Council is a network of leaders of centers, institutes, and initiatives at Columbia University dedicated to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. The goal of the WGSS Council—established in 2013, with support from the Vice Provost for Academic Planning and the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, and with the co-sponsorship of the Dean ​of​ the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences—is to bring faculty and administrators from across the university together to share information and resources. The hope is that these conversations will foster fruitful collaborations in curriculum, research, and programming and highlight the breadth of gender and sexuality studies at Columbia. For more information, please click here for the 2016-17 Annual Report.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to IRWGS Essay Prize Winners

Congratulations to Rebecca Claire Fisher (CC ’17 and American Studies major), winner of the 2017 IRWGS Women’s and Gender Studies Award for “The Separate Spheres Argument Against Women’s Jury Service: A Review of the Literature,” and Sona Armenouhi Quigley (GS ’18 and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies major), winner of the 2017 IRWGS Queer Studies Award for “Quelle Surprise!” Read More

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Women’s Magazine Archive Collection 1 Recently Published

The Women’s Magazine Archive at Columbia University Butler Library provides full-text access to popular women’s interest magazines. Collection 1 has just been published and includes Better Homes and Gardens (1925-1978), Good Housekeeping (1885-2005), Ladies Home Journal (1886-2005), Parents (1949-2005), Redbook (1903-2002), and the Canadian magazine Chatelaine (1928-2005). These publications chronicle women’s roles and family life with articles on child rearing, home economics, health, careers, fashion, current events, politics, and social conditions.More Info

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Women in Energy Networking Workshop

September 14, 2017, 6-8:30pm

For many the beginning of the school year means meeting with potential employers and applying for jobs. Join the Center on Global Energy Policy’s Women in Energy program for this timely workshop to improve your networking skills. This workshop will provide participants with the tools that give them the confidence to approach someone and begin a professional relationship. It will be facilitated by Claire Steichen, Professional Certified Coach.

Listening to Images: A Salon in Honor of Tina Campt

September 14, 2017, 6:30pm

What happens when we shift our way of engaging with photography? When we go beyond looking at images and, instead, listen to them? Tina Campt, director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, delves into lost archives of historically dismissed photographs to deepen our understanding of the lives of black subjects throughout the black diaspora. Campt invites us to open our ears to photographs of rural African women in the late 19th-century and 1960s mug shots of the Freedom Riders, and to hear in them the quiet intensity and quotidian practices of refusal. Originally intended to dehumanize, police, and restrict their subjects, these photographs convey the softly buzzing tension of colonialism, the low hum of resistance and subversion, and the anticipation of a boldly imagined and more just future.

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BARNARD CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN | @bcrtweets

CENTER ON AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGION, SEXUAL POLITICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (CARSS)
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CENTER FOR GENDER & SEXUALITY LAW | @ColumbiaLaw

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COLUMBIA WOMEN IN BUSINESS | @CWIBatCBS

INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY | @IRWGS

SEXUALITY, WOMEN AND GENDER PROJECT AT TEACHERS COLLEGE
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Rachel Adams on 'Philanthropy and Social Difference' course

“Columbia students are so very interested in social justice,” said Rachel Adams. The course focused on homelessness, food insecurity, people with disabilities and the history and philosophy of American philanthropy. READ MORE

CCSC Proposes Dedicated Centers for LGBTQ Students, Students of Color

CC Student Council has proposed the creation of dedicated centers for LGBTQ students and students of color in Lerner. Columbia is the only Ivy League without a unified center to support LGBTQ students. READ MORE

Queer Disruptions Conference Convenes Experts on Gender, Sexuality

Scholars discuss intersection of gender and sexuality with public policy at the “Queer Disruptions” conference on gender and sexuality, held at Columbia on October 13 and 14. READ MORE