Five College Women's Studies Research Center


A New Gospel for Women

Congrats to FCWSRC Alumna Associate Kristin Du Mez for the publication of her new book A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism. The work restores Katharine Bushnell (1855-1946), author of God's Word to Women, one of the most innovative and comprehensive feminist theologies ever written, to her rightful place in history. It illuminates the dynamic and often thorny relationship between faith and feminism in modern America and, most pointedly, reveals the challenges confronting Christian feminists today who wish to construct a sexual ethic that is both Christian and feminist.

Invisible Chains


Congrats to Alumna Associate Lisa Aronson Fontes, Ph.D., who has published a newbooInvisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship which discusses coercive control used to dominate intimate partners and maintainprivileges. Through professional and personal experience Fontes provides guidance and support for those who find themselves under coercive control.                                                                                                      


Four Decades of Change

The FCWSRC is happy to honor Professor Martha Ackelsberg's retirement from Smith College after nearly 40 years of teaching there. In the event 'Four Decades of Change', a panel with Marilyn Schuster, Donna Robinson Divine, Susan Van Dyne and Ackelsberg discussed the transformation Smith College underwent as women faculty became more visible and years of struggle payed off as the college established a Women's and Gender Studies department.

Congrats to Alumna Research Associate Cheryl Fish for the publication of her poetry collection Make It Funny, Make It Last (Belladonna). Cheryl is a professor of Writing and Literature at the City University of New York, a poet, fiction writer and essayist. 

Alumna Research Associate Coralynn V. Davis has published a new book Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border which investigates how female storytellers weave together their own life experiences--the hardships and the pleasures--with age-old themes. In so doing, Davis demonstrates, they harness folk traditions to grapple with social values, behavioral mores, relationships, and cosmological questions. Each chapter includes stories and excerpts that reveal Maithil women’s gift for rich language, layered plots, and stunning allegory. In addition, Davis provides ethnographic and personal information to reveal the complexity of women’s own lives, and includes works painted by Maithil storytellers to illustrate their tales. The result is a fascinating study of being and becoming that will resonate for readers in women’s and Hindu studies, folklore, and anthropology.

The FCWSRC is happy to share news of former Research Associate Alicia Grullon's 

Alicia Grullon
innovative and vital project, PERCENT FOR GREEN which powerfully examines how art can facilitate community coalition to create environmental progress in the city and promote more discussion on climate change. 

The project's objective is to co-author a bill with Bronx residents that protects the environmental rights of people in underserved areas and allots at least 5% of city-funded construction funds to sustainable initiatives and organizations in the Bronx.

PERCENT FOR GREEN is part of InClimate an exhibition curated by Regina Cornwell being presented under the auspices of Franklin Furnace and its co-founder Martha Wilson. City residents are invited to round-tables, in public and domestic spaces, where they will engage in conversations on creating solutions for environmental imbalances they identify in their neighborhoods. What is learn from this process will form the basis of the new “Percent for Green” legislation. 

PRECENT FOR GREEN will be running from the Longwood Arts Gallery, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street in HOSTOS Community College starting June 5th through August 6th.

Grass Whistle   Congratulations to former Research Associate Amy Dryanksy who has won the Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry for her collection Grass WhistleThe award is sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, the Commonwealth affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In selecting the book, the judges had this to say about her work: “In Amy Dryansky’s, Grass Whistle, we are invited into a world we know, but may have never seen. Her craft is subtle, yet engrossing. Her universal themes are given the perfect amount of loft with her language, her structure, and her unerring sense of the complicated simplicity of life.”

Male President for MHCFormer Research Associate Ann Karus Meeropol's new book, A Male President for Mount Holyoke College: The Failed Fight to Maintain Female Leadership, 1934-1937 details the struggle which arose over who would succeed Mary Emma Woolley as president of Mount Holyoke College in 1937. Over her 36 year tenure, Woolley had transformed Mount Holyoke into an elite women's college in which leadership in the administration and faculty was almost exclusively female. Beginning in 1933, a group of male trustees determined to change the college. This book tells the story of how this group dominated the search process and ultimately convinced the majority of the trustees to offer the presidency to Mr. Roswell Gray Ham. It enlightens readers about both a single presidential succession and a national controversy over female leadership.