News about the WGS program, faculty, and students from before 2013.

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." You can read the full article on the Daily Nebraskan website.

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.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences, which emphasize the importance of women in the physical science industries. You can read more about the conference at the Daily Nebraskan website.

WGS Campus and Community Associate and Director of the LGBTQA Resource Center Pat Tetreault sees growing LGBTQA acceptance at UNL. You can read the full article on the Daily Nebraskan website.

WGS Faculty member Alice Kang was featured in a NET Radio spotlight story, "Nebraska women face partisan gap in politics." You can read and listen to the story on NET's website.

WGS Graduate Specialization student Kate Hunt has been awarded a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship  from the Social Science Research Council for the 2012 fellowship year. The fellowship enables her to participate in the 2012 DPDF program in the field of Gender Justice in the Era of Human Rights and conduct pre-dissertation fieldwork in South Korea. Congratulations Kate.

WGS Alumna Audrey Johnson won the National Championship at the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s 39th Annual Client Counseling Competition alongside Christine Baughman. Baughman and Johnson will represent the United States in the International Client Counseling Competition at the Law Society in Dublin, Ireland, on April 18-21. You can read more about the competition at UNL Today and the Daily Nebraskan. Johnson is currently a 3rd year student at the Nebraska College of Law.

WGS Associate Director Rose Holz has been awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations Rose.

WGS student Rihannon Root's article discussing fictional female characters was published as a Women's Media Center feature.

Fall 2012 Colloquium talk by graduate specialization student Kathleen Lacey to focus on historical exploitation of pregnancy among black women. Read more here.

WGS Faculty Member Julia McQuillan's Study on childfree women finds that 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. Read more here.

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. Read more here.

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.

The March newsletter from the LGBTQA Resource Center is now available.

WGS faculty member and former Director Margaret Jacobs was awarded a fellowship from the America Council of Learned Societies to work on her next book project. Congratulations Margaret.

Cross-Cultural mentoring, a Women's and Gender Studies cross listed course was highlighted by UNL Today and the Lincoln Journal Star.

The second event in the WGS Spring Colloquium Series devoted to Masculinity will be a lecture by Michael Kimmel on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 pm in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. You can read more about the event in the Daily Nebraskan and the Scarlet.

The Daily Nebraskan featured a story about Lincoln's LGBTQ Book Club, founded by Graduate Specialization student Steven Soebbing>.

WGS faculty member Julia Shleck was selected for a Franklin Research Group grant from the American Philosophical Society to fund her research for her next book. You can read more about Julia's award in an article from the Daily Nebraskan.

WGS faculty member Joy Castro was profiled in the Daily Nebraskan in advance of the release of her first novel. Castro's novel Hell and High Water has been chosen by The Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club as the September 2012 Book of the Month.

WGS Community Associate Jan Deeds and her Women's and Gender Studies' class, Intro to Men's Studies were featured on the front page of UNL Today. You can read more about the class here.

Louis Crompton Scholarship applications are due by March 1st, 2012. The Louis Crompton Scholarship, created in 2009, is worth $500 ($250 per semester) and is to be given to a student who is enrolled in the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor, a member of the Queer Ally Coalition (or another LGBTQA Registered Student Organization), and/or a Queerteer (student staff, supporters and/or volunteers at the LGBTQA Resource Center at UNL). For more information on the Louis Crompton Scholarship...

The Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community nominations due by March 1st, 2012. The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding efforts to create an inclusive, respectful, and safe climate for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. These efforts may be by an individual, and organization or department within the institution. The award recipient must demonstrate a sustained and tangible impact on the campus community. There is a Faculty/Staff award and a Student award. For more information on the Chancellor's Award go to

The Daily Nebraskan included a story on the ADVANCE program's work to attract female STEM professors.

WGS faculty member Kwakiutl Dreher will preform her one woman show “In a Smoke-filled Room ... Color Matters” on Tuesday, January 24 at the Sheldon Musuem of Art at 6:00pm. You can read more about Dr. Dreher's piece in the Daily Nebraskan.

The Daily Nebraskan featured an article on the WGS spring colloquium series devoted to masculinity as well as a story on the first talk in the series by Marina Camboni.

An article in the Daily Nebraskan on homophobia and misogyny in the media featured commentary by WGS Graduate Specialization student and lecturer Kris Gandara.

The Daily Nebraskan featured a front page article about efforts to bring more female STEM professors to Nebraska. WGS faculty member and Director of ADVANCE-Nebraska Mary Anne Holmes was interviewed for the article.

Here is December's LGBTQA Resource Center's newsletter, InQueery. A lot of the Queerteers have been helping out, so if you'd like to get a little glimpse of what part of the LGBTQA community is like on campus read this newsletter!

WGS faculty member Beth Burkstrand-Reid's article "Teaching Controversial Topics" was published in the October 2011 edition of "Family Court Review." Burkstrand-Reid is an assistant professor in the College of Law.

Amber Harris Leichner, PhD Candidate in English and WGS, has an essay, "Cather's 'Office Wives' Stories and Modern Women's Work" in Cather Studies 9: Willa Cather and Modern Cultures, recently published by the University of Nebraska Press. The volume is edited by Melissa Homestead and Guy Reynolds. Homestead is Associate Professor of English and a member of the WGS Program Faculty.

The LGBTQA Resouce Center November newsletter is now available. Inside, you will find articles on upcoming events, past programming, the Queerteers, and other interesting LGBTQA items. Special points of interest: a list of the businesses that supported the LGBTQA History Month Dinner, information about Margaret Vendreyes' visit to the Sheldon, and an article on Touche Magazine (an online LGBTQA magazine for Nebraskans).

The Women's Center September/October newsletter is now available.

The LGBTQA Resource Center October newsletter is now available.

WGS faculty member Dr. Julia McQuillan was one of several UNL faculty present at the April 19th celebration of promotion and tenure at the Lied Center. Julia is being promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Sociology. Fellow WGS faculty member, Dr. Stephen Lahey was also honored at the ceremony. Steve is being promoted to Associate Professor of Classics and Religious Studies with tenure.

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

The LGBTQA Resource Center September newsletter is now available.

WGS graduate specialization students Carrie Walker and Laura Roost were awarded the Fulbright. Walker will travel to Jamaica and conduct archival research to examine how Jamaican women address the status of women through letter-writing since Independence in 1962. Roost will travel to Rwanda to conduct research on the role of women's non-governmental organizations in the country's post-genocide recovery. Both women participated in Women's and Gender Studies Transnational Feminism group and attended the Practicum on Advocacy at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Congratulations Carrie and Laura.

WGS faculty member Jeanette Eileen Jones' lecture "Brightest Africa in the New Negro Imagination" was featured on Noon Fourm on KIOS Radio.

WGS Director Margaret Jacobs' talk "A Battle for the Children: Indigenous Child Removal in United States and Australia from 1880-1940" was previewed in the Daily Nebraskan.

The Daily Nebraskan featured a story on the WGS sponsored screening of A Midwife's Tale and discussion with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich at the Ross.

The DailyNebraskan featured an article about WGS Lecturer Kris Gandara and her Women's and Gender Studies 101 class.

WGS faculty member Sarah Gervais' work about the effects of the objectifying gaze on women's cognitive functions featured in a three-page story by

The Women's Center March Newsletter, featuring information on Women's Week is available here.

Former WGS Faculty member Hilda Raz donated her papers and library to the University Library Archives. The full story can be read here.

The Women's Center published their February newsletter, available here.

The LGBTQA Resource Center's spring semester calendar is available here.

The Daily Nebraskan featured an article about Brain Sex: Truth, Tall Tales, and Time for a Developmental Perspective, the first colloquium 0f the 2011 spring series, Science and Gender Matters. The article discussed Lise Eliot's work as well as the motivation behind the series theme.

WGS faculty member Sarah Gervais' work on confronting on sexism in the workplace was the subject of an article in the Daily Nebraskan. The article was also featured as part of the feminist news section of a national blog.

The Women's Center published their November newsletter, available here.

An upcoming British television program will feature WGS faculty member, Carole Levin, as an expert in concerning the mysterious death of Amy Robsart, wife of one of Queen Elizabeth I's favorites Robert Dudley. The Scarlet included a story on the topic.

The Scarlet profiled WGS Faculty Member Sarah Gervais' UCARE student Mitchell Laski and their work on perceptions of women and power.

WGS Faculty member Wendy Weiss' Fulbright experience in India was featured in the Scarlet.

The Women's Center published their October Newsletter. Available here.

Tamy Burnett, recent WGS Ph.D. Specialization graduate, wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Nebraskan on feminism based on her experience with student opinion in her WGS cross-listed classes.

Hilda Raz, former WGS Faculty member and Professor of English, received the 2010 Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Literary Editing for her work as the Lischei Editor of the Prairie Schooner. The award is presented to someone who labored to uphold the highest literary standards in a magazine or small press.

On June 19th the Lincoln Journal Star featured an editorial by Rosanna Dell Henning, a recent WGS graduate. Rosanna wrote about the students she met while working as a mentor through the Cross-Cultural mentoring program.

Margaret Jacobs, WGS Director, has been awarded the 2010 Bancroft Prize for her book White Mother to a Dark Race: Settler Colonialism, Maternalism, and the Return of Indigenous Children in the American West and Australia, 1880-1940, which she published last year with the University of Nebraska Press. The Bancroft Prize is awarded annually by Columbia University to authors of distinguished works in American history or diplomatic history and is widely regarded as the most respected book award that focuses on American history. Among American historians, it generally ranks only behind the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in the prestige that it confers. This is a tremendous honor for Margaret and will undoubtedly attract considerable attention.

The Sheldon Museum of Art will begin a year long focus on women artist with Better Half, Better Twelth: Women Artists from the Collection. This reinstallation of the permanent collection galleries recognizes the historical contributions of women artists. The exhibition opens Friday, April 2 with a reception from 5-7 pm. More information is available on the Sheldon's website.

WGS faculty member Rhonda Garelick's has sold her book, “Antigone in Vogue: Coco Chanel and the Myths of Fashion,” to Random House. The book, which situates fashion designer Chanel within the context of European politics, is to be published by 2012. An article about Garelick's work can be found on the Scarlet's website.

WGS (and English and Ethnic Studies) faculty member Amelia Montes has been selected by Ms. Magazine for their Ms. Writers’ Workshop for Feminist Scholars. In a unique initiative designed to engage feminist scholars from diverse academic fields in writing for Ms. Magazine, the purpose of the project is to advance public knowledge by making women’s studies and feminist scholarship more accessible to a mass audience. Ms. Academic Project training includes distance-learning webinars and a live two-day workshop/conference in Los Angeles, CA this spring. Amelia is the second WGS faculty member who has participated in this workshop. Donna Akers, also in History and Ethnic Studies, was selected for this workshop a few years ago.

Laura Roost, a Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Specialization student, is participating in the Practicum on Advocacy at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She will gain temporary delegate status, attend official and non-government organization (NGO) sessions, and contribute to the official documentation of both official and NGO meetings. You can follow her experience at her blog

An endowed scholarship fund has been established in honor of professor emeritus Louis Crompton a longtime English professor at UNL and an early leader in gay and lesbian studies. For more information go to or call 458-1156.