WGS News


  • BU Research: Female Activists Behind the Black Power Movement

    Ashley Farmer was exasperated. She was tired of reading historical accounts of the postwar black freedom struggle in America that cast black female activists only as helpmates to male leaders. Just as men had overshadowed women at the time, so had the popular narrative of the era erased the contributions untold numbers of women made as strategists and theorists, thinkers and doers. Steeping herself in the work of scholars who were reexamining the postwar black freedom struggle and beginning to bring women out of the shadows, Farmer was intrigued to find, in a biography of the black nationalist leader Robert F. [ More ]

  • Reliving a Pivotal Decade in Women’s Liberation

    BU Revolutionary Moment conference probes movement’s start BU Today By Susan Seligson 3-27-2014 Deborah Belle suspected that the time was right to take a scholarly look at the US women’s liberation movement from the 1960s to the 1970s and weigh the legacy of those times, but last year when she began organizing a BU conference on those pivotal years, the passionate response to the idea floored her. “We touched a nerve,” says Belle, a College of Arts and Sciences psychology professor, who will be joined at the conference A Revolutionary Moment: Women’s Liberation in the Late 1960s and Early 1970s today through Saturday, March... [ More ]

  • BU Research: A Riddle Reveals Depth of Gender Bias

    What’s your answer to this question? BU Today By Rich Barlow 1-16-2014 Here’s an old riddle. If you haven’t heard it, give yourself time to answer before reading past this paragraph: a father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital; just as he’s about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate—that boy is my son!” Explain. (Cue the final Jeopardy! music.) If you guessed that the surgeon is the boy’s gay, second father, you get a point for enlightenment, at least outside the Bible Belt. But did you also... [ More ]

  • BU Now Offers Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

    Goal: graduate-level interdisciplinary platform for gender studies BU Today By Irene Berman-Vaporis 10-08-2013 BU has launched a new certificate program in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies (WGS) to provide an interdisciplinary platform for graduate students interested in these studies. “Across the nation, gender and sexuality are increasingly being integrated into all disciplines and departments,” says Carrie Preston, a College of Arts & Sciences associate professor of English and WGS director of graduate studies. “The graduate certificate enables students enrolled in graduate programs across the University to pursue comprehensive study in the vibrant, interdisciplinary fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and receive institutional acknowledgement... [ More ]



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