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"In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)"

Apirl 11th-13th @ 8pm
April 14th & 21st @ 3pm
Advance Tickets $8 Students/$12 Adults; Day of Show $10 Students/$15 Adults
In this comedy set late in the Victorian age at the dawn of electricity, a new medical device is developed to calm women with “hysteria.” It has quite a stimulating effect when used in the home offices of Dr. Givings. As he pioneers an intimate new therapy, his young wife becomes determined to investigate the experiments! This show is recommended for high school age and up due to adult themes. ***Friday, April 12th WGS Chair Dr. Elizabeth Bell will participate in the post show discussion--please join us!

"The Vagina Monologues"
Come experience Eve Ensler's award-winning play, “The Vagina Monologues” presented by the WGS Graduate Student Organization. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will be donated to The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
MSC Oval Theater
April 11th and 12th
Doors open at 6:30 pm and show starts at 7 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at:
http:// vaginamonologues2013.eventb rite.com/

“Global Governance & Sustainable Communities” Conference
Friday, April 12, 2013 at the University of South Florida Marshall Student Center: The 1st annual interdiscplinary "Global Governance and Sustainable Communities" Conference is an avenue to explore the many conceptual and pragmatic challenges of Interdisciplinarity that require comprehensive cross-disciplinary solutions. The conference will feature topics such as global health, youth and body politics, sustainability, multiculturalism and nationalism, attitudes and idenity formation. WGS MA students Heidi Kramer, Rakshinda Shah and Samantha Heuwagen as well as WGS MA certificate students Raheleh Dayerizadeh, Jennifer Iceton and Christine Wieseler are among the presenters. Click here for the schedule.

6th Annual WGS Art Crawl
Friday, March 29th 3-5pm in CMC 202: In honor of Women's History Month, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies is holding the 6th annual Art Crawl, an exhibition featuring student work. WGS Students responded to the prompt, "…and then the world changed. Women change the world," by producing creative responses in any number of media attending to how institutions impact women's lives and how women work to change institutions. Light refreshments will be served.

"Witnessing Cancer: Communicating Illness through Visual Art and Narrative"
Thursday, March 28 at 6pm in the Moffit Center Auditorium. Dr. Diane Price-Herndl, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies, will be a presenter at Witnessing Cancer: Communicating Illness through Visual Art and Narrative. The symposium brings together diverse voices in a discussion about how visual art and storytelling can invite audiences to witness cancer with empathy and understanding.

 Science Fiction, Gender and the 'Other'
March 26 – 27: USF Welcomes the Masters of the Weird! This year’s headliners for the Humanities Institute’s annual Sci-Fi event are a husband and wife duo who literally wrote the book on “weird.”  Jeff and Ann VanderMeer recently published the critically acclaimed anthology, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Best American Fantasy, and they bring their distinctive world view to Tampa March 26th and 27th.

World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer’s fiction has been published in over 20 countries, and he recently signed a three-book agreement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York). Junot Diaz described his last collection, The Third Bear, as “cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence, proving again why VanderMeer is so essential.”

Ann VanderMeer is only the second female editor of the venerable horror magazine, Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press and she and Jeff are currently compiling an anthology on feminist speculative fiction. Both have won numerous prestigious awards for their original fiction and anthologies.

  • On March 26th, the VanderMeers will give a public reading at 6:00pm in MSC 2709, with a reception and book signing to follow.
  • On March 27th, they will be joined by Dr. Nancy White (Anthropology) and Dr. Ednie Garrison (Women’s & Gender Studies) to discuss various forms of sci-fi media and how they address issues of gender and otherness. The discussion panel begins at 1:00pm, also in MSC 2709, and will be moderated by Rick Wilber (Mass Communication).  This event is co-sponsored by the School of Mass Communication and ResearchOne.

 

An Evening with Paola Gianturco
Thursday, March 7, 2013, 6-8pm

grandmotherpower


Gibbons Alumni Center USF
For the past 16 years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women's lives in 55 countries. Paola's fifth book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, features 120 activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents who are fighting courageously and effectively--against poverty, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and human rights abuse--to create a better world for grandchildren everywhere.

Gianturco has been a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR, and Voice of America programs; her photographs have appeared in national magazines and newspapers; and her work has been exhibited by the United Nations-New York, UNESCO-Paris, and museums worldwide.

One hundred percent of the author’s royalties from Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign , which supports grandmothers in African countries who are caring for children orphaned by AIDS. Learn more about Gianturco and Grandmother Power.

Driving Directions and Parking for an Evening with Paola Gianturco 

The USF Gibbons Alumni Center is on Alumni Drive--sandwiched between the Lifesy House and the Patel Center. On this map you'll see the USF Main Entrance on East Fowler Avenue at the very bottom of the page. The Alumni Center is just northeast of the Main Entrance. The parking lots adjacent to the Alumni Center are marked by numbers 23T (in front of the Alumni Center) and 23A (East of the Alumni Center). See below for driving directions from I-75 and I-275.

Driving Directions
From I-75, take Exit 265 / Fowler Avenue. 
Head west on Fowler Avenue 4.4 miles to the university's main entrance at Leroy Collins Boulevard. 
Turn right on LeRoy Collins Blvd. 
Turn right at traffic light at Alumni Blvd. 
Turn right at traffic light at Maple Drive. 
Turn right through parking lot to Gibbons Alumni Center.

From I-275, take Exit 51 / Fowler Avenue. 
Head East on Fowler Avenue 3 miles to the university's main entrance at Leroy Collins Boulevard. 
Turn left on Leroy Collins Blvd. 
Turn right at traffic light at Alumni Blvd. 
Turn right at traffic light at Maple Drive. 
Turn right through parking lot to Gibbons Alumni Center.


November 2012

WGS Teaching Workshops: Multimedia Resources and Tools for Implementing Online Teaching Best Practices on Friday, November 16th 2-3:30pm in CMC 202T with Dr. Jessie Turner. This workshop will build upon the best practices discussed in the first workshop by exploring and practicing how to use basic resources and tools, including: a video database, recording programs, and wikis.

Walking for Women at USF: Friday, November 16th 11:30am-1:30pm.USF Women's Status Committee invites you to join us for our second biannual Walking for Women at USF. Try the one mile walking route through campus, bring a friend to walk and talk and enjoy free water and enrgy bars. Questions or person needing reasonable accommodations, please contact Lee Davison at ldavidson@usf.edu. Visit the WSC webpage at www.wsc.usf.edu and see the flyer.

Presentation and Book signing with Robert V. Taylor: "Faith and the LGBTQ Community" Thursday, November 1st 7pm-9pm in the Oval Theater of USF Marshall Center. See the flyer.

Celebrating Korean Women Composers: On Sunday, October 28th from 2-3:30pm, the USF School of Music will present a concert honoring the achievements of some of the most accomplished Korean women composers in the world. Visit the School of Music website for more details.

October 2012

THIS FRIDAY...Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence
Come see outstanding men from the University of South Florida proclaim their solidarity to end rape, sexual assault, and gender violence by marching in women’s shoes - and alongside women - in USF’s 5th annual “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” Event. Friday, October 12th at 12pm in the MSC Amphitheater (flyer). For more updates, visit the Facebook page.

GOTV UnPlugged:  Rally Our Way Forward
Join I Am Choice in downtown St. Petersburg for the largest Get Out the Vote rally in the Tampa Bay Area.  Invite all your friends and family to this free community event.  Enjoy live music, a community celebration of the upcoming election, and great speakers.  Featured speakers Gloria Steinem, US Congresswoman Kathy Castor, Jessica Ehrlich (Congressional Candidate D-13), and others hit the stage to urge you to use your voice and vote in November’s election. It’s time to get ready, informed, excited and vote.
Other Speakers: Shawna Vercher (President of My America); Rick Kriseman (FL House Rep, D-53); Reverend Dr. Manuel L. Sykes (President of NAACP-St Pete/Reverend, Bethel Community Baptist Church); Mary Lou Ambrose (Candidate, FL House Rep, D-66); Steve Kornell (St Petersburg City Council Member, D-5); Dwight Dudley (Candidate, FL House Rep D-68) and more…
Date/Time: Saturday, October 20th doors open at 11:30 a.m
Location: Jannus Live, 200 1st Avenue North, St Petersburg, FL 33701
Contact:(727) 346-8260
Facebook link to the event:  http://www.facebook.com/events/452498468122588

Domestic Violence Awareness Conference 2012: Friday, October 26th8am-4:30pm St. Lawrence Parish. Join regional professionals for informative breakout sessions, a survivor panel discussion, and a keynote address on current topics in domestic violence awareness. For more information and registration deadlines, view the flyer.

Volunteers Needed: The USF Transgender Student Union is looking for volunteers to help map out the gender neutral bathrooms on campus. Volunteers are asked to meet with TSU officers at the ALN building courtyard at either 1 PM or 7 PM on Wednesday, October 3rd. There will be two sweeps of the campus. Information about what gender neutral bathrooms are and why gender neutral bathroom maps are necessary for trans* and gender variant students will be disseminated and instructions as to what information is needed to successfully complete this operation will be given before groups disperse.

Volunteers will be paired up and given maps of the campus with directions on which buildings to cover. All groups will meet back at a specified time at the ALN building to report where gender neutral bathrooms are located.

Officers of TSU will collect this information and use it to work with those in charge of accessibility on campus to create a gender neutral bathroom map that will be available for use of any student whether trans*, gender variant, or otherwise.

Movie night! The Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention is sponsoring a showing of "Enough" starring Jennifer Lopez on Thursday, October 4th at 5:30pm in SVC 0067. After the movie, there will be a discussion about domestic violence in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For accommodations, please call (813) 974-5756.

 

September 2012

Jenna Belote, 2011 USF grad and community organizer with The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center, will be on campus this Monday, September 24 at 6pm in SOC 152 to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change. Please RSVP by contacting Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or calling 785.506.8915 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school. DART is now accepting applications for the 2013 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:
* Entering a community
* Identifying and training local leaders
* Strategic planning and issue cutting
* Relationship and community building
* Direct Action on community issues
* Fundraising
To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit www.thedartcenter.org or contact Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or (785) 506-8915.  

Manoucheka Celeste will be present her talk “Beyoncé Knowles as a Post-Identity Re-articulation of Black Female Citizenship” on September 25, 7:00 p.m. in the TECO Room in EDU.  Dr. Celeste is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Communication.  She studies transnational media representations of race, class, gender, and citizenship with focus on the Caribbean, the United States and Latin America, particularly Haiti and Cuba.  Her talk is part of the Fall Colloquium Series sponsored by the Institute on Black Life and the Center for Africa and the Diaspora

June 2012

USF Centre Gallery presents Dream Land, a solo photography exhibition from USF graduate Ashley Holloway. Her work focuses on the female subject enveloped in a beautiful, melancholoy dreamland. The Centre Gallery is in room 2700 of the Marshall Student Center and is open Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm, the exhibition runs June 11-22, 2012. You can view more of her work at her website, http://ashleyholloway.daportfolio.com/.

April 2012

Women's March in Orlando

When: Saturday, April 28th 12-3pm
Where: Senator Beth Johnson Park
59 South Ivanhoe Blvd, Orlando, FL

Help defend women's rights and pursuit of equality. Join Americans all across the United States on April 28th, 2012, as we come together as one to tell members of Congress in Washington DC and legislators in all 50 states, "Enough is enough!" UniteWomen.org strongly supports diversity and welcomes men and women of all ages without regard to their race, color, creed, political affiliation, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or income level, marital status, employment status, or immigrant status. Everyone is invited to join, plan, and rally as we unite to demand that every person be granted equal opportunities, equal rights, and equal representation. For more information, visit the UniteWomen.org website.

Rescheduled! April 4, 2012 at 11am: Of Hip Hop Bling and Punjabi Bhangra

Dr. Madhavi Murty, Yale University, in a talk sponsored by USF Departments of Women's and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and Communication: "Of Hip Hop Bling and Punjabi Bhangra: Gender and Modernity in the New Times." April 4, 2012, 11am, Grace Allen Room, USF Library 4th floor.

 

Take Back the Night, Friday April 20th at 6:30pm at the Marshall Center for USF students, faculty, staff and community members who are committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence.

Driven by the stories of sexual violence survivors and inspired by an international movement, USF will be joined by Kimberly Alexander Mundell, survivor and Chair of the VOICES Advocacy Committee for the Family Justice Center, and Dr. Larry Braue, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and director of USF Veterans Affairs, at Take Back the Night – a candlelight vigil, silent march and survivor speak-out against sexual violence. Studies estimate that one in four women and one in thirty-three men are victims of sexual violence, both men and women are invited to attend.

Following a keynote address by Kimberly Alexander Mundell, Dr. Larry Braue will lead the men in the REAL (Relationship Equality and Anti-violence League) Men’s Promise to end sexual and relationship violence. This is a commitment for men to stand up against violence towards women and the culture that supports it.

Later, attendees will walk together around the heart of campus while sexual violence statistics are read aloud. At the end of the silent march, survivors are invited to share their experiences regarding sexual violence. A candlelight vigil, honoring all victims and survivors of sexual and relationship violence, follows the survivor speak-out. A reception will conclude the evening. This educational and empowering event will be hosted by the USF student organization N.I.T.E. (Network. Improve. Transform. Empower), with support from the USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention. Additional involvement includes the Clothesline Project of Tampa Bay and Animal Assisted Interventions.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/LetsBeREAL for updates and details.

March 2012

USF PRIDE hosts Florida Collegiate Pride Conference

The FCPC Conference is an annual three day conference that brings together students of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally communities from all over the state of Florida. This year, USF's PRIDE is hosting the conference in the Marshall Center Friday, March 30th through Sunday, April 1st. WGS Master's students Mary Catherine Whitlock and Jennifer Ellerman will present a workshop on Saturday, March 31st, 1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. entitled, "Talking Safer Sex: An Interactive and Informative Workshop on Safer Sex, Language and Communication." Zoe Fine, another WGS Master's student, is presenting a workshop on Sunday morning, April 1, 9:30-10:20am entitled "Where Queerness Meets Disability: Explorations of Disability and LGBTQQI Intersections." Click here to register.

Of Hip Hop Bling and Punjabi Bhangra

Dr. Madhavi Murty, Yale University, in a talk sponsored by USF Departments of Women's and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and Communication: "Of Hip Hop Bling and Punjabi Bhangra: Gender and Modernity in the New Times." March 7, 2012, 11am, Grace Allen Room, USF Library 4th floor.

 

 

 

February 2012

Go Bulls!
The University of South Florida softball team continues the USF Series this weekend, Feb 24-26,  as the Bulls host the USF Under Armour Showcase. The USF Under Armour Showcase is one of the largest collegiate tournaments in the country as the Bulls welcome in 20 teams from all over the country.  Check out more information on the games, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new USF softball field, and tickets.

"Because When God is Too Busy"
The Institute on Black Life and the Center for Africa in the Diaspora will host a performance of "Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me and the World" by Gina Ulysse on Thursday, February 16th from 6pm to 9pm TAR 120. Space is limited, please RSVP to Olga Atehortua at 813-974-4727/ email oatehortua@usf.edu or Elizabeth Dunham at 813-974-0937/email eldunham@usf.edu.

Ready to Exhale: Support and Resource Group for Black Women
Facilitator: Kristen Davis-John, Ph.D., (813) 974-9257
Wednesdays, February 22nd-April 25th, 2:00 to 3:30pm
This 10-week semi-structured group is designed to provide information and discussion relevant to enhancing the lives of Black women members including: Learning self-care strategies for emotional health; making lifestyle choices for physical wellness; enhancing skills for academic and career success; choosing positive relationships for social support; and using spiritual practices for life balance. Space is available for 10 motivated women. Weekly participation is anticipated.

October 2011

NITE WALK: It's that time of year again! N.I.T.E. is getting ready to host it's semi-annual campus safety audit, formally known as the N.I.T.E. Walk. In other words, N.I.T.E. gathers up students, faculty and staff to break up into groups that cover the entire campus in 12 sections. In order to improve the feeling of safety on campus, the groups document anything that is a concern that can be fixed with ease and also those things we feel should be new additions to the school (such as emergency blue lights, sidewalks etc.) With fantastic results every semester, this is definitely an event that students and faculty alike can be a part of the difference here at USF! Come out and join N.I.T.E. on November 1st, 2011 at the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater at 8:30 pm for an event that proves to be campus changing! FREE PIZZA will be provided.

Ready to Exhale: Support and Resource Group for Black Women
Facilitator: Kristen Davis-John, Ph.D., (813) 974-9257
Wednesdays, October 19 through December 7th, 2:00 to 3:30pm
This 10-week semi-structured group is designed to provide information and discussion relevant to enhancing the lives of Black women members including: Learning self-care strategies for emotional health; making lifestyle choices for physical wellness; enhancing skills for academic and career success; choosing positive relationships for social support; and using spiritual practices for life balance. Space is available for 10 motivated women. Weekly participation is anticipated.

Voces (Voices): A Latina Resource and Support Group
Facilitator: Lisa Costas, Ph.D, (813) 974-1361
Mondays, 3:00 to 4:30pm, October 3rd through November 14th.
This 7-week resource  group for Latina students provides an opportunity to gain perspective and obtain support for personal, college, and family life as well as providing  a safe, confidential environment to discuss academic, social, and career concerns. Space is available for 10 motivated Latinas who want their voices to count.

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to USF students and alums!
The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the USF campus on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:00pm in SOC 154 to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change. Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or calling 785.841.2680 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school.

After years of research into best practices, experimentation, evaluation, and refinement, the Organizers Institute has become THE elite field school in the training of grassroots community organizers in the country.
DART is now accepting applications for the 2012 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:

* Entering a community
* Identifying and training local leaders
* Strategic planning and issue cutting
* Relationship and community building
* Direct Action on community issues
* Fundraising

The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:

* Education reform in low-performing public schools
* Job Training
* Drugs and Violence
* Criminal Recidivism
* Living Wage
* Neighborhood Revitalization
* Predatory Lending
* Affordable Housing, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute combines a classroom orientation with 15 weeks of infield training at a local grassroots organization and in-field training site.  Organizers are provided with a cost of living stipend and travel. After successful completion of the program, DART will place graduates into permanent full-time salaried positions earning $32,500/year + benefits.  DART is a 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, employees of the DART Network are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness under the recently enacted College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

The DART Organizers Institute will occur twice in 2012, with the first training beginning in January 2012, the second in July 2012.  Training locations will include placements in several states around the country.

Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Participants in the DART Organizers Institute must demonstrate a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional career. A master's degree, JD, or similar life experience is preferred though not necessary. Candidates must have a college degree or be graduating prior to the start of training (January 2012 or July 2012). Also, candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with religious institutions, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting.  Community Organizers must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Low-moderate income communities across the country are feeling the bite of the recession that began in December 2007. Cutbacks in human services and education, layoffs and persistent unemployment, home foreclosures, increased youth violence, predatory lending, and other serious issues are day-to-day realities for many. Now is the time for a new generation of community organizers to step up, unite people, and transform our communities. DART is recruiting and training that new generation.

To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to contact Hannah Wittmer at hannah@thedartcenter.org or (785) 841-2680. You can download applications or view profiles of DART Organizers Institute alumni at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org.