Posts Tagged academia

Let’s blow feminism’s cover

Since I’ve been writing for Feministing, more people have come forward to talk to me about feminism. In fact, it has taken recent interactions with folks about my writing on this blog to realize exactly how many people have not even the slightest clue where to begin contextualizing when the word “feminism” is centered in the dialogue. On the contrary, I’m sure many of my fellow feminists have experienced that dreadfully awkward moment when someone asks you, “So what exactly is feminism?” and you have no idea how to summate all the information you have about it.

And all of a sudden I remembered how I had come to learn all the feminist shit I knew. Privilege is a sneaky thing; ...

Since I’ve been writing for Feministing, more people have come forward to talk to me about feminism. In fact, it has taken recent interactions with folks about my writing on this blog to realize exactly how many ...

*The Academic Feminist: Using the Past to Reimagine the Present with Imani Perry

Welcome back to The Academic Feminist, a series that aims to bridge the blogging/academic divide by linking discussions in feminist academia to those taking place online. Today’s interviewee is Imani Perry, Professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton. You can learn more about Perry’s work on her website . All comments on the series and suggestions for future interviewees can be sent here. And thank you to all the Feministing readers who have offered suggestions and positive feedback on the series so far!

*Editor’s note: Due to concerns raised that there might be confusion with Barnard Center for Research on Women’s awesome The Scholar and Feminist Conference and ...

Welcome back to The Academic Feminist, a series that aims to bridge the blogging/academic divide by linking discussions in feminist academia to those taking place online. Today’s interviewee is Imani Perry, Professor at the Center for ...

*The Academic Feminist: Using the Past to Reimagine the Present with Imani Perry

Welcome back to The Academic Feminist, a series that aims to bridge the blogging/academic divide by linking discussions in feminist academia to those taking place online. Today’s interviewee is Imani Perry, Professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton. You can learn more about Perry’s work on her website . All comments on the series and suggestions for future interviewees can be sent here. And thank you to all the Feministing readers who have offered suggestions and positive feedback on the series so far!

*Editor’s note: Due to concerns raised that there might be confusion with Barnard Center for Research on Women’s awesome The Scholar and Feminist Conference and ...

Welcome back to The Academic Feminist, a series that aims to bridge the blogging/academic divide by linking discussions in feminist academia to those taking place online. Today’s interviewee is Imani Perry, Professor at the Center for ...

Quick Hit: Harvard Crimson columnist points to absence of feminism in university curricula

Check out this brave piece by Madeleine Schwartz, a senior at Harvard who writes a column for the daily paper called “Women at Harvard”. Her latest article centers on the  absence of radical feminism from university curricula:

“To overlook radical feminism is also to overlook an intellectual movement which shook at the foundations of almost every aspect of daily experience. It made sexual politics a national issue, Willis writes. It sought to redefine social constructs like marriage in more daring ways than the current conversations. “Radical feminism is our [American] philosophical achievement on par with European post-structuralism, but more practical, deeper, more activist, more productive of change, less hermetic,” Mark Greif ’97 wrote ...

Check out this brave piece by Madeleine Schwartz, a senior at Harvard who writes a column for the daily paper called “Women at Harvard”. Her latest article centers on the  absence of radical feminism from university ...

Quick Hit: Congrats to Dr. Susan Herbst!

For all those political science majors, MPP pursuers or policy wonks who suspect that their academic efforts may never pay off, guess again. It is possible to have your best efforts and sleepless nights recognized. The brightest shining example of this comes in the form of the appointment of Dr. Susan Herbst as the 15th president of the University of Connecticut. And if that isn’t enough of an accomplishment she would be the first woman UConn president in the nearly 130-year history of the university! Via the New York Times, check out this awesome story:

The board of trustees unanimously selected the administrator, Susan Herbst, at a special meeting, calling her an exceptional leader in higher education who ...

For all those political science majors, MPP pursuers or policy wonks who suspect that their academic efforts may never pay off, guess again. It is possible to have your best efforts and sleepless nights recognized. ...

Balancing Activism and Academics

Being a college activist is hard. Whether you are fighting for queer equality, gender and sex equality or inclusive sexual assault policies, it is very hard. I was moved to write this post after realizing that I oftentimes feel so busy that I don’t get to write as many blog posts as I’d like to at Feministing Campus or AbortionGang. How can one balance their activism with their academics?

For me, I bring my activist work into my academic studies. As a political science and women’s studies double major, I have always sought to bring my work as an activist into everything I do: the papers I write, the conversations I have, etc. I have found that to be a very ...

Being a college activist is hard. Whether you are fighting for queer equality, gender and sex equality or inclusive sexual assault policies, it is very hard. I was moved to write this post after realizing that I ...

Not Your Typical Lecture!

In the cold, West Michigan winter of 2009, the Women and Gender Studies program at Grand Valley State University introduced its students to the wonderful and intriguing world of Triota. Triota, also known as Iota Iota Iota (try saying that three times fast!) is the Women and Gender Studies National Honors Society that offers students the chance to excel in the areas of WGS by encouraging its members to strive for excellence in academics, giving back to the community through feminist activism and social advocacy, and to spark creativity in ways to engage the campus and community in the WGS program.

Since the birth of Triota on our campus there have been some extremely kick ass student initiated programs ...

In the cold, West Michigan winter of 2009, the Women and Gender Studies program at Grand Valley State University introduced its students to the wonderful and intriguing world of Triota. Triota, also known as Iota Iota Iota ...

Correcting the issue of college sexual harassment

I’ve been reading a lot in these last weeks before school starts, a kind of last-ditch attempt to inhale as many novels as possible before I go plummeting back into the world of academic criticism.  But the last two books that I read were not pure escapism; instead of distracting me from the fact that in two weeks, I’ll be unpacking piles of boxes and trying, finally, to come up with a senior thesis topic, they reminded me of one of the more unsavory aspects of collegiate life: sexual harassment.

This may be the only theme that Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee’s famous novel about racial tension in South Africa, and The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen’s sprawling meditation on the American family, have in ...

I’ve been reading a lot in these last weeks before school starts, a kind of last-ditch attempt to inhale as many novels as possible before I go plummeting back into the world of academic criticism.  But the ...

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