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2011

November

Talk and Toast Tradition Starts in WGS

Elizabeth Bell, Chair of WGS, toasts Cheryl DeFlavis and Kelly Wagner

Cheryl DeFlavis and Kelly Wagner presented their internship experiences and fielded audience questions in the Department’s first “Talk and Toast,” public presentations of MA internships. Both Cheryl and Kelly will graduate this December with their MAs in Women’s Studies.

Cheryl’s internship, Working Towards Healthy Birth: Interning with BirthAction.org, took her to an online organization dedicated to educating women about pregnancy and birth. Cheryl spoke of her efforts to create resources to inform women of their options and choices. Racial disparities, in which African American women are three times more likely than White women to experience infant deaths, drove her work. Dr. Michelle Hughes Miller directed the internship.

 

Kelly Wagner worked this year with the PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls, an alternative school for middle school and high school girls. Kelly created and facilitated five art projects dedicated to young women’s empowerment and voice. Kelly recounted the challenges of working across differences and her own privileged position in this educational setting for at-risk girls. Dr. Kim Golombisky directed the internship.

 

Both Cheryl and Kelly spoke of the value of their internships for understanding feminist work in applied settings. What advice did they offer new MAs thinking of the internship route? “Do it!” WGS faculty and graduate students toasted their achievements, wishing them much passion and success after USF.

WGS Faculty are Busy Speaking Up and Out

USF students set up on the green outside
Cooper Hall Thursday, Nov. 10, work on signs.
   Photo credit: Aimee Blodgett | USF News

Visiting Assistant Professor Ednie Garrison is featured on a USF webpage story about Occupy USF. Ednie brings her expertise on social movements and feminism to these events around the world. Way to represent, Ednie!

Elizabeth Bell got to practice her public speaking skills on November 3 at Tampa's prestigious women's group, the Athena Society. Her speech, entitled "Tear Down This Wall: Barriers to Mothers and Caretakers in the Workplace," utilized research that shows that 75% of women in the full-time work force have children under 18.

For women 41-55, one in three will leave the workforce to care for a relative. For three years out of the fulltime work force, a woman loses 37% of her earning power. Here's Jodi Tillman's article about the event in the St. Petersburg Times. Elizabeth shared the podium with the Dean of the College of Public Health, Dr. Donna Peterson, who spoke about the rampant public health issues of obesity and unwarranted C-sections.

And if that weren't enough, Elizabeth was invited to a meeting of Soroptimists International on November 10 to speak about the Department. A professional women's service group, Soroptimists support the Girls Center of Tampa as well as provide scholarships and grants to women students. "I'm excited about this group's abilities to help our graduate students, as well as placing student internships at the Girls Center," Elizabeth said. "Everybody wins!"

October

USF WGS Bodies and Technologies at NWSA


Mary Catherine Whitlock, Zoe Dupree Fine, and Cheryl Anne DeFlavis (pictured above) gave WGS faculty and graduate students a sneak preview of their upcoming panel, “Reformatting Bodies: Technology, Surveillance, and Agency,” at the National Women’s Studies Association annual convention scheduled for November 10-13 in Atlanta. Cheryl’s paper, “Look at the Baaaaaaaaybeeeeeee: an Autoethnographic Exploration of Ultrasound Discourses,” explores the discourses surrounding ultrasound images of fetuses by technicians and parents to be. “Queer Disability Blogs: Subject (Re)Formatting in the Twenty-First Century,” is Zoe’s analysis of the on-line activist community of self-identified queer and disabled individuals. Mary Catherine Whitlock takes on the surveillance strategies of exercise “gaming” in “Working It Out: The Rhetoric of Wii Fit.” Diane Price-Herndl  organized and submitted the panel based on outstanding papers in her Fall 2010 Bodies and Technologies class.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 2011

Women's and Gender Studies students participated in the the 4th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event sponsored by N.I.T.E. at USF. Dean of Students Kevin Banks gave the keynote address and led participants in the reading of the anti-violence pledge before attendees in donated pumps, platforms and wedges participated in a literal 1-mile march around campus to demonstrate solidarity in the fight against violence against women.
Click on the photo to begin the slideshow. Photos by Kiyanna Sawyer.