Speaker outlines history of women’s studies at UNL

While women have always had a place at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the academic discipline of women’s studies faced a rocky road to acceptance.

Danielle Rue, a senior English and women and gender studies major, explained the complex history of women and gender studies at the Nebraska Union Monday evening.

The presentation, “Women’s Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: A Brief Digital History,”examined the university’s attitude toward problems of race, gender and sexuality in the ’60s and ’70s.

The Women in Contemporary Society department was approved in 1971, along with other departments that began expanding curriculum to include topics on women and gender. Women’s Studies was recognized as an official academic discipline in 1976. In its first year, it operated with a $500 budget and some professors taught classes for free. It wasn’t until 1992 that the department earned office space.

Feminism at UNL

Equality and Feminism
Setting criteria for feminism hurts goals of equality, UNL groups say

By Erin Mansur | Art by Hayley Heesacker on October 23rd, 2014 Daily Nebraskan
Of the various University of Nebraska-Lincoln organizations that foster and support feminist ideals, all agree that the basis of feminism is equality.

“It is this idea that women around the world, on campus and in the Midwest need to raise questions about rights,” said Chantal Kalisa, director of the UNL Women’s and Gender Studies Program. “Whether it’s economic rights, rights to certain resources or rights to sports. It’s just women looking for equal rights.”

Feminism is associated with other social issues such as education, reproductive rights, violence protection and prevention, self-determined gender, LGBTQ identities and civil justice for all ethnicities.

WGS Major to Share Project on Early Years of WGS at UNL

Student to present research in UNL’s Women and Gender Studies Colloquium Series

By Stephanie Cavazos on October 27th, 2014 Daily Nebraskan
On Monday, Oct. 27, the Nebraska Union will host the third addition to the Women’s and Gender Studies Colloquium Series from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room Regency A.

Danielle Rue, a senior women’s and gender studies major, will give a digital history presentation exploring the beginning of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s women’s studies program in the 1960s and 1970s. The presentation also includes insight on race and sexuality controversies during this time period.

“People had to say ‘women studies is important; we’re going to take advantage of that,’” Rue said. “I was really interested in the history behind it and how the women’s studies program came to be.”

WGS Lecturer Kathleen Lacey Teachs "Hunger Games"

UNL lecturers join growing group who study, teach 'Hunger Games'
“The Hunger Games,” Collins’ bestselling dystopian trilogy about a teenaged girl chosen to represent her home in a televised fight to the death, clearly is a cultural phenomenon. The third movie of the series, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” set for release Nov. 21, is said by some observers to be the most anticipated movie this fall.

But is “The Hunger Games” literature worthy of academic study?

Kathleen Lacey and Pascha Stevenson, lecturers in UNL's Department of English, are among a growing number of academics across the country who think so.

WGS Affiliate Faculty Member Basolo Collects National Teaching Award

For more than 20 years, Alexandra Basolo has been a willing teacher and mentor to hundreds of students, and her efforts were recognized when she earned the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Animal Behavior Society.

The award is a career honor given periodically by the society and rewards faculty who have “demonstrated a sustained record of highly effective and innovative teaching in the classroom or in an informal education setting."

Basolo received the award at the annual Animal Behavior Society conference at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., in August.

Bitch Magazine Interviewed Rose Holz on Planned Parenthood Comic Books

Spider Man Defends America's Youth From Misleading Sex Education
Associate Director Rose Holz was interviewed by Bitch magazine about her research on Planned Parenthood comic books. Read the full article at bitchmagazine.org.

Rwanda Twenty Years Later

Philip Gourevitch
In commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Philip Gourevitch, journalist and author of We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998), visited UNL on March 17. His talk was featured in UNL Today, and includes an interview with WGS Director Chantal Kalisa.

Carly Woods Promotes Awareness of Gender and Body Image

NET Coffee & Conversation Panelists

Carly Woods, assistant professor of Communication Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies, helped kick off UNL Women’s Week by participating in a panel discussion following a screening of All of Me on Sunday, March 16. The documentary explores the challenges faced by a group of obese women and the complicated relationships between food, fat, and women’s bodies. The screening was part of the NET Coffee and Conversation community engagement series. The post-film discussion focused on gender, body image, and media representations. Anne Widga, a registered dietitian, licensed medical nutrition therapist and certified diabetes educator, joined Woods on the panel, along with a post-op bariatric patient from a local support group.

See more at the NET Coffee & Conversation photo gallery.

Carole Levin Received the Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities

Carole Levin
Carole Levin, professor of history, received the Sorensen Award. Levin joined UNL in 1998 and has served as the Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program since 2007. Her reputation as a scholar of Elizabethan and early Stuart England is one of the highest in the U.S. and extends internationally. Levin is a proactive mentor of graduate students at UNL and demonstrates her devotion to the success of these students, as well as every student she meets in lectures and conferences.

Dean's List Fall 2013

WGS is proud of its majors on the Fall 2013 Dean’s List.

Holmes Takes Work to NSF

Mary Anne Holmes

Mary Anne Holmes continues to promote women in the sciences through her new role as ADVANCE program director at the National Science Foundation. Read the feature article in UNL Today.

Mary Anne Holmes is a proponent of many things – geoscience, outreach efforts, her students, her colleagues.

But it’s been her work to improve the careers of fellow female scientists that has shaped her own career and research for more than a decade and helped to change the faculty landscape at UNL.

Tereault Speaks About the UNL LGBTQA Community

Pat Tereault

Every week, the Daily Nebraskan interviews a notable figure on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus in an effort to allow campus leaders to deliver the news in their own words. This week, in light of actress Ellen Page publicly coming out and news of several pieces of legislation related to gay marriage, we chose to interview Pat Tetreault, director of the LGBTQA Resource Center and assistant director for LGBTQA programs & services.

DN: How has the public opinion of the LGBT community changed?

Student Sponsored Equality Bake Sale a Success

SAGE Bake Sale
On March 3, 2014, the SAGE student group hosted an Equality Bake Sale to promote awareness of the gender wage gap.

Holz’s Book Now Available in Paperback

Holz Book Cover
Associate Director Rose Holz’s The Birth Control Clinic in a Marketplace World is now available in paperback.

WGS Colloquium with Basuli Deb

Basuli Deb
Basuli Deb’s colloquium, “Saving the Muslim Woman,” was recently featured in the Daily Nebraskan.

WGS December Graduates

On December 12th WGS celebrated its 5 graduating majors and 7 WGS and LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minors. Graduates, friends, and family celebrated with WGS faculty and students at a reception.

WGS Major Benefical to Students

The Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate major was featured in a story in the Daily Nebraskan about majors with a small number of students.

Unpopular Majors Can Prove Beneficial to Students
Some students have uncommon majors as secondary and tertiary focuses. This trend is not uncommon for the major of women’s and gender studies, said Chantal Kalisa, director of women’s and gender studies.

The major, which currently hosts 23 undergraduate majors, has been offered at the university for more than 30 years.

Kalisa, who calls the major the university’s “best kept secret,” said those in the major or taking courses within it usually don’t enroll in it the beginning of their college careers.“It’s not something students are usually exposed to right out of high school,” Kalisa said. “People consider changing after taking their first class.”

Gervais' Research Gains National Attention

Eye-Tracking System Demonstration
Sarah Gervais' work to empirically document men's and women's objectifying gaze has received national press attention. Gervais is a assistant professor of Psychology and WGS program faculty member.

WGS Co-Sponsors Screening of Miss Representation

Women's and Gender Studies co-sponsored a screening of the 2011 film Miss Representation, which examines the media's presentation of women. The Daily Nebraskan wrote about the screening and the panel discussion featuring two WGS Faculty, Alice Kang and John Raible, that will follow.

WGS Colloquium with Mignon Moore

Mignon Moore Speaks at UNL
Mignon Moore's colloquium talk "In the Shadow of Sexuality: Social Support and Health Challenges in the Lives of Older African American Sexual Minorities" was the subject of an article in the Daily Nebraskan.

WGS Spotlight on Graduate Student Research

Our first colloquium event, Spotlight on Graduate student Research: LGBTQ Health and Well-Being was featured in the Daily Nebraskan.

WGS Professors Receive the Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Women Award

Julia McQuillan
WGS Faculty members Mary Anne Holmes and Julia McQuillan received the Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Women Award from the university for their work on the ADVANCE-Nebraska program. They were honored for their efforts to create a climate that encourages women to succeed at the university.

WGS Major Runner up in College of Arts and Sciences Contest

Catherine Tran with Dean Manderscheid and Dr. Kalisa
WGS major Catherine Tran was a runner up for the College of Arts and Sciences Win Dean Manderscheid's Money Contest.

Joy Castro Profile

WGS faculty member Joy Castro was profiled in the Omaha World Herald in connection with her recently published novel, Hell or High Water, and the re-publication of her fist memoir, The Truth Book.

WGS Colloquium, 'This Giving Birth':The Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth in African American Women's History and Literature

The Daily Nebraskan featured an article about the WGS Fall 2013 Colloquium Series, "Reproductive Issues: Past and Present" and the third talk in the series "'This Giving Birth':The Politics of Pregnancy and Childbirth in African American Women's History and Literature."

Lecture to focus on historical exploitation of pregnancy among black women
Monday, November 12, 2012 12:30 am

WGS Faculty Member's Julia McQuillan's Study on Childfree Women

Women who choose to be permanently childfree feel less distress about not having kids than women who are childless from infertility and other reasons, a new national study shows. At the same time, voluntarily childfree women perceive more social pressures to become mothers than women who cannot have children.

WGS Faculty Member Anne Duncan Reaches Out to Vetrans with Project

WGS faculty member Anne Duncan partnered with the Aquila Theater Group to produce the outreach project "Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives." Using ancient Greek texts, it confronts contemporary issues combat veterans face when they return home from war.

Emily Kazyak Recieved Award From American Sociological Association

WGS faculty member Emily Kazyak's article, "Midwest or Lesbian? Gender, Rurality, and Sexuality," received honorable mention for the distinguished article award given by the Section on the Sociology of Sexualities of the American Sociological Association.  

WGS Faculty Member Sarah Gervais' Research Gains National Attention

Sarah Gervais
Sarah Gervais' research showing that women are perceived by the brain as objects has been receiving national press attention.