By Ja-Ho King

Food, Mother, & The Woman

September 14th, 2016 in Events

09-21-16 lunch event

This event will feature our Visiting Scholar, Diana Garvin, discussing her project focused on East African women’s domestic labor in Fascist-period Italy, “Black Milk: Colonial Foodways and Intimate Imperialism”; and Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow, Vrinda Varma, discussing her research on the “Construction of Women’s Identities and Food Narratives in Kerala, India.”

Event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available to registered guests!

Co-sponsored by GaIDI (Gender & International Development Initiatives) of the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center


Join us for an Evening with Douglas Crimp

September 12th, 2016 in Events


Join us for an evening celebrating Before Pictures, a new memoir by art historian and AIDS activist Douglas Crimp.

Where: Kenmore Classroom Building Room 101

When: Thursday, October 6th at 5pm

This event is FREE and open to the public!

Renowned for his work with artists of the “Pictures” generation, such as Cindy Sherman and Robert Longo, Douglas Crimp has also been a crucial figure in the history of the gay movement and AIDS activism since the 1980s. His memoir Before Pictures looks to an earlier era, setting details from Crimp’s professional and personal life against the backdrop of New York City from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Escaping from his hometown in Idaho to study art history at Tulane University, Crimp soon finds himself writing criticism forArtNews, working at the Guggenheim Museum, and partaking of the night life of New York, from drugs and late
nights alongside the Warhol crowd at Max’s Kansas City to discos, roller-skating, and casual sex with famous (and not-so-famous) men. In Crimp’s words: “Through the book, I weave together stories of the two cultures that were most important in my life at the time—gay liberation and the art that came to be called post-modernist.”

Professor Crimp will read sections from the memoir in conversation with BU faculty members:
Erin Murphy -English / WGS
Anthony Petro -Religion / WGS
Carrie Preston -English / WGS
J. Keith Vincent -World Languages & Literatures / WGS
Gregory Williams -History of Art & Architecture

Read more here!

MASSPIRG Internships

September 9th, 2016 in internships

My name is Allison Kerelo, I am an organizer with MASSPIRG. I am writing to you to introduce myself as well as tell you about internship opportunities we have for students.

As a reminder, MASSPIRG is a student-funded and student-directed advocacy group. We work on public interest issues like protecting the environment, public health and consumers.

Most recently we helped stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms. We did this by convincing fast-food chains such as, Subway and McDonalds, to stop buying meat raised with routine antibiotics.

This semester our top priority is New Voters Project. We will be helping to register 10,000 students throughout the state to vote through our non-partisan voter registration drive. We are looking for interns to help work on this campaign this semester.

Our interns don’t get people coffee. They are on the ground in their community building a voter registration coalition, coordinating voter registration, organizing political events, and more. You can check out a description of the internships here.


MASSPIRG is a statewide, student-directed, and student-funded advocacy group.

Professional organizers have been working with UMass Lowell professors, student leaders, and staff for the past few years on a variety of public interest and environmental campaigns. We provide internship and volunteer opportunities to students interested in making concrete change and building their own skills to be affective advocates for the public.

This Fall: Intern or Volunteer with MASSPIRG’s New Voters Project
This Election is going to be historic. Our government might not be working as well as we’d like – but we have the power to change that. For the first time in decades, young people are the largest voting block and our collective voices will make a big impact. We have professional organizers and skills trainings to help UML students learn the basics of how to do non-partisan voter registration and mobilization. Across the state of MA we’ll help over 10,000 students register to vote and make 20,000 voter contacts in the days before the election.

We also work on a variety of environmental issues like repowering Massachusetts with 100% Clean Energy.

Apply Today!

Allison Kerelo
Campus Organizer

NARAL Pro Choice Mass. Job Opening

August 1st, 2016 in internships

Communications & Social Media Internship (Fall 2016)

15-20 hours per week unpaid internship.

Start date: Late August/early September, exact day flexible.

Summary: Work with a dynamic, young, talented staff and immerse yourself in the day-to-day activities of a professional non-profit communications program. This position is perfect for a student interested in nonprofit communications, social media, and press coverage.

We are looking for candidates who possess the following:

  • A commitment to reproductive rights and the mission of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts
  • Outstanding written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of dominant social media platforms with competency using them to engage and motivate grassroots supporters, media, and thought leaders
  • Creativity and excitement about coming up with new and different ideas
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite, including a demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Excel
  • An ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility and a willingness to learn
  • Reliability and an ability to work quickly under time pressure when needed
  • A commitment to inclusion and to respecting diverse individuals and identities
  • Involvement in politics, campaigns, online fundraising or prior communications experience is a plus
  • Experience creating and/or editing websites in WordPress, HTML, etc. is a plus
  • Experience with graphic design and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. is a plus


The Communications & Social Media Intern will report to the Communications and Development Associate.


  • Create social media posts on Facebook and Twitter to support organization’s current campaigns;
  • Supplement overall communications plans with creative content such as hashtags and other frameworks;
  • Direct rapid response communications through Facebook and Twitter by updating content and increasing the size of our following;
  • Update website content as needed

Press Relations:

  • Track the organization’s press coverage and keep all records updated;
  • Identify opportunities for press outreach;
  • Maintain media list;
  • Post press releases on organization’s website and social media

Administrative Support:

  • Supports Communications and Development Associate with scheduling, filing, and correspondence as needed.
  • Perform other administrative duties and tasks as assigned

Time Commitment and Compensation: 15-20 hours per week (flexible) between August-December 2016. This is an unpaid internship.

To apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Eliza Gercke, Communications and Development Associate, at

Vrinda Varma

June 27th, 2016 in Visiting Scholars

vrindaWGS Visiting Scholar 2016

Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Fellow 2015-16


Kim Icreverzi

June 27th, 2016 in Visiting Scholars

kicreverziWGS Visiting Scholar 2015


Carrie J. Preston

June 16th, 2016 in Program Administration, WGS Core Faculty, WGS Faculty

bio_prestonAssociate Professor
Director, Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program


Diane B. Balser

June 16th, 2016 in Program Administration, WGS Faculty

Co-Director, Undergraduate Studies in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program
  • 704 Commonwealth Avenue (Alden Hall), Suite 101A
  • 617-358-2372


Leslie Brody

June 16th, 2016 in Affiliate Faculty, WGS Faculty



Catherine Connell

June 16th, 2016 in Program Administration, WGS Core Faculty, WGS Faculty

CatherineConnellDirector of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor