Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Upcoming Events

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.—The following events will be held at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, 83 College St., on the Mount Holyoke College campus unless otherwise noted. All events are free, open to the public and fully handicapped accessible.

On Thursday, September 20 at 4:30pm in Stoddard Hall at Smith College, the FCWSRC is pleased to present a “Digital Materialities: New Media, Race, and Women’s Activism Lecture and Conversation” with Anna Everett (Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara) and Jessie Daniels (Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College). Anna Everett will present a paper entitled "Yack the Hack: Women's Activist Practices in Digital Culture." Jessie Daniels (Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College) will present a paper entitled "Race, Racism & Ways of Knowing in the Digital Era." For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc/events/daniels_and_everett_page

On Friday, October 5 from 10am-4:45pm at Mount Holyoke College a Symposium on Intersex will be held. Caitlin Childs, Lynnell Stephani Long and David Rubin will give hour-long talks addressing various issues: intersex and the history and theory of gender; intersex and/as disability - thinking about eugenic logics of the medical model; and a workshop on how LGBT groups and communities can address intersex. The speakers will field questions and share reflections on ways of incorporating intersex into a curriculum, the challenges involved, and how to move past "The Five Sexes." A work-shopping session on syllabi and course modules will follow, sponsored by the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. A follow-up event will take place for students who attend the symposium. For more information, see www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc/events/intersex_talk_2012 Event organizer: Angela Willey (awilley@wost.umass.edu). Location to be announced.

On Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm in Herter Hall 231 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, filmmakers Ike Hügel –Marshall and Dagmar Schulz will screen their film “Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992.” Hügel-Marshall was a close friend of Lorde’s and recipient of the Audre Lorde Literary Award for her book: "Invisible Woman. Growing up Black in Germany." Feminist publisher and university professor, Dagmar Schultz, arranged to both publish the German translations of Audre’s works, and to organize an invitation from the Free University of Berlin for Lorde to come and teach as a visiting professor in 1984. The film “Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992” documents Lorde’s influence on the German Black and white communities during a decade of profound political and social change, a decade that brought about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany. For more information, contact Barton Byg at byg@german.umass.edu

On Friday, October 19 from 12:30pm-2:30pm at the FCWSRC at 83 College Street on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, the FCWSRC will present two Research Associate talks as part of a colloquium entitled “New Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism.” Suzon Fuks, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associate from Waterwheel, will give a talk entitled “Women, Water and Waterwheel.” Fuks will introduce Waterwheel, a collaborative online venue she created for streaming, mixing and sharing media & ideas about water. The platform aims to raise awareness, celebration, care & accessibility of water everywhere. Fuks' current research investigates how women and children, especially in developing countries, assume the majority of water-related chores. A series of upcoming on-line and on-site creative workshops, open to individuals, groups and communities, will explore how Waterwheel can pragmatically address these issues. Following Fuks’ presentation, Maria San Filippo, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associate from Harvard University, will give a talk entitled “Sexual/Digital Revolution: Women Directors, Alternative Relationships, and 21st Century Independent Filmmaking.” New technologies in digital filming and distribution have forged a DIY, politicized production culture generative of new and unconventional ways of screening and perceiving sexuality. San Filippo's talk focuses on the recent work by independent women filmmakers to contemplate alternative approaches to sex and relationships, including bisexuality, polyamory, nonmonogamy, and BDSM. Filmmakers to be discussed include Maren Ade (*Everyone Else*), Katie Aselton (*The Freebie*), Lena Dunham (*Tiny Furniture*), Zoe Lister Jones (*Breaking Upwards*), Sarah Polley (*Away from Her, Take This Waltz*, Ry Russo-Young (*Nobody Walks*), Lynn Shelton (*Humpday, Your Sister's Sister*), and So Young Kim (*In Between Days*). A light lunch will be served at 12:30pm, with presentations beginning at 1:00pm.

On Thursday, October 25, from 4:30pm-7:00pm at the FCWSRC at 83 College Street on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, Kim Gandy, former president of NOW and currently at the Feminist Majority Foundation will present a faculty workshop entitled “From the Tower to the Trenches: Faculty Development Workshop on Strategies for Public Engagement.” Limited enrollment workshop. Advance registration required. RSVP by October 15 to fcwsrc@fivecolleges.edu Event includes a light dinner.

On Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at Smith College, the Smith College Program for the Study of Women and Gender will host a symposium entitled “Linking Violence Against Women and Reproductive Justice: Questions of Women's Autonomy.” Presenters will include Kim Gandy, former president of NOW and currently at the Feminist Majority Foundation. Events will begin Friday from 7:00pm-9:00pm with an opening and reception at Ford Hall. Events on Saturday will take place from 9:00am-3:30pm at Seelye Hall. Co-sponsored by the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. For more information: www.masspolicy.org/FCPPI/events_Gandy.html

On Tuesday, November 13 at 5:30pm at Five Colleges, Incorporated, 97 Spring Street, Amherst, the Five College Feminist Science and Technology Studies Initiative will host a talk by Virginia Eubanks. Eubanks is the cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots anti-poverty and welfare rights organization, and teaches in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She edited the cyberfeminist ‘zine Brillo and was active in the community technology center movements in the San Francisco Bay Area and Troy, NY This event is co-sponsored by the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. Location to be announced.

On Tuesday, November 13 at 7:00pm, the FCWSRC, in co-sponsorship with Mount Holyoke College Film Studies, is pleased to present a screening of the triptych "Here it is very nice at the moment.” A collaborative film project that explores the use of media to record personal histories and memory, discussion with filmmaker Ute Aurand (www.uteaurand.de) follows. Location to be announced.

On Thursday, November 15 at 4:15pm in the New York Room of Mary Woolley Hall at Mount Holyoke College, the FCWSRC is pleased to present a panel discussion “Security in the Digital Age: Are Women at a Greater Risk? Building Resilience for Challenging Circumstances.” As part of a yearlong series on gender issues and new media, this panel of distinguished speakers from the fields of journalism, security, and leadership development will explore the multiple ways in which questions of physical and virtual security play out for women who use media for public engagement, social networking, and journalism. Panelists will include Pat Drew, senior consultant with Guttman Development Strategies, a leading consulting firm in the area of Team Alignment; Courtney Banks, Chief Executive Officer of National Security Associates WorldWide (NSAWW) and one of the nation's foremost experts in homeland and national security and business development; and, Tanzina Vega, media reporter for The New York Times covering digital media, advertising and online privacy. An information meeting for students will take place from 8:00-9:00pm at Willits-Hallowell Center on the Mount Holyoke campus. Co-sponsored by the Mount Holyoke College Dean of Faculty, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts and The Nexus Program.

On Friday, November 30 from 12:30pm-2:30pm at the FCWSRC at 83 College Street on the Mount Holyoke College campus in South Hadley, the FCWSRC will present two Research Associate talks as part of a colloquium entitled “New Media in Feminist Scholarship, Teaching, and Activism.” Fungai Machirori, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associate from Her Zimbabwe, will give a talk entitled “Her Zimbabwe: Exploring the Heterogeneity of the Female Zimbabwean Experience through a New Women's Web-Based Platform.” This talk focuses on findings from a three-month pilot of Her Zimbabwe, a web-based platform that has encouraged Zimbabwean women to explore, celebrate and articulate the heterogeneity of their lives and identities. The platform has played in an important role in fostering lateral communication between Zimbabwean women in Zimbabwe, and those in the diaspora. It will locate Her Zimbabwe within the dominant discourse of gender and linear definitions of development and empowerment prevalent in the country. Are new media-based initiatives in Zimbabwe elitist? If so, how can such elitism be overcome? Do women who are already "developed" and "empowered" (as the target audience of Her Zimbabwe is thought to be) need their own platforms for articulation, or should the focus be on "grassroots" women? Following Machirori’s presentation, Sophie Toupin, Five College Women’s Studies Research Center Research Associate and Independent Researcher and Community Media Activist, will give a talk entitled “Feminist Cloud Protesting.” Toupin’s talk explores the ways in which feminist activists of the occupy phenomenon have helped shape what appear to be new social practices using online and face to face (F2F) interactions, or what Toupin terms "feminist cloud protesting." The project seeks to establish the emergence of a feminist cloud protesting approach through collected data on new media by academics and activists. Toupin's investigation includes on-line and faceto- face (F2F) interviews with feminists who have and/or are taking part in the occupy phenomenon. The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, founded in 1991, is supported by a consortium of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The Center provides visiting residencies for feminist researchers from the United States and abroad, and draws on one of the largest concentrations of women’s and gender studies scholars and activists in the country to sponsor lecture series, faculty seminars, and conferences. The Five College Women’s Studies Research Center has become a lively site for scholarly activity in women’s and gender studies, attracting large and diverse groups of participants, including faculty, students, and members of the local community.

For more information, please contact Karen Remmler, Director (kremmler@mtholyoke.edu) or Elizabeth Lehman, Assistant Director (eblehman@mtholyoke.edu) at the Center at 413-538-2275 or visit www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc