Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio University

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Welcome to the center for online information about WGSS programs and initiatives. Be sure to check to the page often for new information regarding WGSS. Also, feel free to post any questions you may have regarding WGSS.

Mission: The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University examines gender and sexuality and their intersection with race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, and other elements of diversity. The WGSS curriculum introduces students to a wide range of theoretical and practical perspectives on the influence and meaning of gender in the human experience across time and cultures. The program promotes interdisciplinary teaching and research about gender and sexuality across myriad social and cultural contexts; it builds ties among scholars, providing a locus of feminist and queer scholarship and activism on campus, in the community, and beyond.

The Trump Era Proves That Women's Studies Matters
02/26/2020
The Trump Era Proves That Women's Studies Matters

The Trump Era Proves That Women's Studies Matters

A while back, I received an email from my university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) saying that my plan to research the history of U.S. Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) did not meet “the federal definition of research.” This sounded familiar to what I heard as a Women’s Studie...

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Choyke! Kelly completed and passed her doctoral defense today. Her dissertation explored ge...
10/14/2019

Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Choyke! Kelly completed and passed her doctoral defense today. Her dissertation explored gender and sexual politics in romance novel fandom. Kelly has worked with WGSS for many years, including getting our graduate certificate, receiving our Teaching Assistant fellowship, and continuing to teach yearly WGSS 1000 courses. Kelly is amazing! Here she is at the end of her defense with Drs. Beck, Cooper (onscreen), Ng, and Reynolds.

10/08/2019
Tonight!  Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will speak on "From #BlackLivesMatter to the White Power Presidency” @ 6p, Schoono...
09/26/2019
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Tonight! Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will speak on "From #BlackLivesMatter to the White Power Presidency” @ 6p, Schoonover 145. Don't miss it!

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States.

It's that time again!  Join us for our annual homecoming event on October 11!
09/16/2019
WGSS Homecoming Roundtables on Gender and Sexuality, Oct. 11 - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

It's that time again! Join us for our annual homecoming event on October 11!

Alumni, friends and the campus community are invited to the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies’ fifth annual Reunion & Roundtables at Homecoming on Friday, Oct. 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. in Walter 245. The theme is “Building a Case for Belonging: Strategies for Identity-Based Advocacy and Advance...

Important words from Equitas Health Institute Director (and Ohio Universty WGSS alum), Julia M. Applegate:"...to our het...
06/25/2019
Column: Legislators and local communities: Your hate is killing us

Important words from Equitas Health Institute Director (and Ohio Universty WGSS alum), Julia M. Applegate:

"...to our heterosexual and cisgender neighbors, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, pizza-makers and more, please consider expanding your knowledge, acceptance and understanding of us.'"

https://www.dispatch.com/article/20190624/OPINION/190629576?fbclid=IwAR3n66UFD1jJugUnjqjx69lIg0Hi2BlUBsHoN0cFnnBl6hiZl3b1dOUiASE

On Friday we celebrate 50 years since the violent attack on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender patrons of Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn.

06/05/2019

Apply now for our graduate certificate in Gender, Sexualties and Health! Fully online; no GRE needed. The deadline for submitting applications for second summer session is June 21.

WGSS 6030, Sexual Violence and Survivor Advocacy, will begin July 1.

04/01/2019
Prism LGBTQ Youth Art Program

Support Athens' LGBTQ+ Youth Afterschool Art Program this Saturday by buying Chipotle and mentioning this flyer!

Today at PRISM we'll be joined by the fabulous Dani Joy who will be gracing us with her presence from Columbus to make some awesome collage journals! Also, don't forget to support PRISM later this week by stopping by Chipotle on Court Street from 4pm-8pm Saturday, April 6th and showing the flier on this event page: (Support PRISM, eat Chipotle on April 6th!) to help us continue to be the coolest LGBTQA Youth Art Program in town!

Ohio University Department of Social and Public Health
02/22/2019

Ohio University Department of Social and Public Health

SAVE THE DATE! February 27 at 4:00PM our very own Professor Rebekah Crawford will be presenting as part of the WGSS Spring Colloquium @WGSOHIOU

02/15/2019
Ohio University Women's Center

Ohio University Women's Center

Join us tomorrow Saturday, February 16th at 1pm for the Women’s Basketball game at the Convocation Center to celebrate the amazing women leaders that help make OHIO the best student-centered learning experience in America. We can’t wait to see you there!
Co-Sponsored by: The Women's Center, Bobcat Athletics, and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

WOUB Public Media
02/06/2019

WOUB Public Media

Instead of debating science versus religion, experts say we should concentrate on how each influences policy, ethical, and cultural decisions in our society. A new study will examine how the relationship between science and religion impacts political power, social authority and culture, according to Dr. Myrna Perez Sheldon, assistant professor of Gender and American Religion at Ohio University and editor of "Cosmologics," a magazine that is the project of the Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Perez Sheldon argues we should dig deeper and examine the relationship of religion and science and the impact of both on our political debates and cultural decision-making. Hear her analysis on this week’s Spectrum Podcast from WOUB. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/spectrum/id1124539097?mt=2

State Policy Fellowship Program
01/25/2019
State Policy Fellowship Program

State Policy Fellowship Program

About the Fellowship: We are now accepting applications for the 2019 class of State Policy Fellows. The application deadline is February 10, 2019. Click here to apply.

12/11/2018

Feeling overwhelmed by the upswell in misogyny? Consider signing up for the revival of WGSS 4500 (Advanced Fem Theory):

Beginning with philosopher Kate Manne’s influential recent book, “Down Girl,” and essayist Rebecca Solnit's "The Mother of All Questions," we will explore the intersections of misogyny with other axes of injustice (especially race). Sub-topics within the course will include: sexual violence and feminist strategies to counter it; the struggle for reproductive justice; and the collective emotions/affects such as fear, shame, and projective disgust that are mobilized to silence women and shore up racist heteropatriarchy.

While the prerequisite for this course is WGSS 3500 (the Fem Theory survey), students with other relevant background and a strong academic record are invited to contact the instructor, Patty Stokes ([email protected]). We'll meet Tu Th 3:05-4:25.

As this is a revival of a class that has not been offered in many years, students will have an opportunity to help shape the syllabus. It will differ from 3500 in that the readings will be mostly quite recent and fewer in number, though longer.

Alden Library
10/31/2018

Alden Library

We're excited to be a part of Frankenreads today! Stop by the 4th floor to listen to this marathon reading of Mary Shelley's classic, 200 years after its publication. You can also peruse an exhibit of Frankenstein-related memorabilia and items from our Archives & Special Collections.

Happening right now! Come join us!
10/19/2018

Happening right now! Come join us!

It's time! Reunion and Roundtables TOMORROW!
10/17/2018

It's time! Reunion and Roundtables TOMORROW!

Lisa Maatz ’89 (Sociology, Political Science and WGSS) is a much-respected policy adviser and advocate for women and gir...
10/02/2018

Lisa Maatz ’89 (Sociology, Political Science and WGSS) is a much-respected policy adviser and advocate for women and girls in Washington, D.C., and also at OHIO. As a nationally recognized leader in the progressive movement, Maatz is a sought-after speaker and commentator. Featured in the book Secrets of Powerful Women, she is also a contributor to Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox, a bipartisan anthology named an Amazon “#1 Hot New Release.” Hundreds of media outlets have featured Maatz’s expert commentary on social, political, and policy matters. A dynamic and experienced non-profit leader, Maatz has a reputation for her bipartisan and strategic approach to public policy, government relations, communications, grassroots advocacy and organizational development at all levels.

Connect with Maatz on LinkedIn.
In addition, Maatz has held adjunct appointments at major universities and was a legislative aide to U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Her advocacy career began when she was the Executive Director of Turning Point, a domestic violence program recognized for excellence by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Maatz is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio University and has two master’s degrees from Ohio State. She was named to the College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni. (See “Notable Alumni | Lisa Maatz Is a Respected Advocate, in D.C. and at OHIO.”)

Her sessions are:

1 p.m. Government Career Pathways for Graduate Student—In this session, Maatz will demystify the process of getting a job with the federal government. She will discuss the ways an Arts & Sciences degree can be marketed to the federal civil service, the political ranks, as well as at the state and local level. Hint: patience and networking are key!
1:30 p.m. Nonprofit Career Pathways for Graduate Students—Interested in doing well by doing good? The nonprofit sector is the place for you! Communities have a host of non-profit organizations that provide a wide range of opportunities and services to specific populations and the community-at-large. From think tanks to rape crisis lines, from Teach for America to the United Way, your dream job could be waiting for you.

09/27/2018

Come out to Jackie O’s (uptown, on the small side) & celebrate the start of fall with WGSS! We’ve got pizza and good conversation.

09/14/2018
Racist History

One more good reason to explore these issues in Ohio University's new graduate certificate in Gender, Sexualities and Health

People of color in the U.S. have endured centuries of abuse in the name of science. It's time we stop celebrating this blatantly racist history.

Tonight at the Athena Cinema: The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Free tickets to the first 60 students to claim one (star...
08/29/2018
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

Tonight at the Athena Cinema: The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Free tickets to the first 60 students to claim one (starting at 4 at the Athena)! The LGBT Center is sponsoring (with the Athena) and will hold a brief discussion afterward.

The movie tells the story of a teenaged girl sent off to a "conversion therapy" center who finds a community and friendship there despite the circumstances.

http://athenacinema.com/miseducationofcameronpost/

The Athena Cinema and the OU LGBT Center present a special one-night-only screening of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Discussion to follow the film screening. Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) l…

OU Grad Students and Health Care Professionals -- WGSS 6000 is open to all post-bac students. This online course starts ...
08/17/2018
WGSS Offers New Online Course on Gendered Bodies - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

OU Grad Students and Health Care Professionals -- WGSS 6000 is open to all post-bac students. This online course starts August 27 and is taught by the amazing Dr. Julie White. Only a few spots available; sign up soon!

The Ohio University Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program offers a new Fall 2018 online course. WGSS 6000: Gendered Bodies, is a fully online, graduate-level course. WGSS 6000, #14736, section 101: Gendered Bodies (fully online; 4 credit hours) Space is limited to 10 students. This course as...

grad students - check this out!  WGSS 6000, taught by the fabulous Dr. Julie White.
08/13/2018
WGSS Offers New Online Course on Gendered Bodies - Ohio University | College of Arts & Sciences

grad students - check this out! WGSS 6000, taught by the fabulous Dr. Julie White.

The Ohio University Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program offers a new Fall 2018 online course. WGSS 6000: Gendered Bodies, is a fully online, graduate-level course. WGSS 6000, #14736, section 101: Gendered Bodies (fully online; 4 credit hours) Space is limited to 10 students. This course as...

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