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The Women's and Gender Studies Program at Boston College offers an interdisciplinary minor to undergraduates and places emphasis on the study of gender across time and space, with a global perspective on feminism.
Women's and Gender Studies critically analyzes the interaction of gender with other differences in society such as race, sexuality, religion, and class. The range of issues that intersect with gender such as nationalism and post-colonialism, epistemology, health, labor, media, family work, and welfare are additional aspects that are studied. This analysis is done in an interdisciplinary environment of scholars that allows students to meaningfully connect to the social and political work outside of their own departments in the pursuit of social justice and human rights.
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Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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2013-2014 Speaker Series
Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based writer, editor, and author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Penguin Portfolio/2012). Cline holds a degree in Political Philosophy from Syracuse University and has written for the Daily Beast, New York magazine, Popular Science, The New Republic, Village Voice, GOOD, Etsy Blog, seedmagazine.com, Nerve.com, and many others. She is currently an editor for AMCtv.com’s Blogs. Overdressed is her first book.
"Female Terrorists in Ethno-National Conflicts"
Feminist legal theorist and Harvard Law School visiting professor, Dr. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, will be giving a talk about her most recent book, On the Frontlines, and female terrorists/combatants in ethno-national conflicts.
Women Take the Reel Film Festival
The event above is one of many film screenings taking place in March. The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies host an annual film festival highlighting a variety of films by women.
Women's and Gender Studies Seniors: Janet Wilson Award
Every Spring, a graduating senior is granted an award for distinguished scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies. To be considered for the Janet Wilson James Award, submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A piece of scholarly writing on any gender issue. This piece can be an empirical paper, theoretical paper, or senior honor's thesis - 20 pages or less
- A brief letter communicating your involvement with women's issues during your college career.
The recipient of the Janet Wilson James Award will be announced at a commencement Award Ceremony at the end of the semester.