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Gabriela Redwine

Fri, Nov 16, 2007

Gabriela is a second year master's student and a native Austinite. She graduated from Yale in 1998 with her B.A. in English and earned her M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas in 2007. She has been in the WGS master's program since Fall 2006 and helped develop a dual-degree program between CWGS and the School of Information. Gabriela is the Editorial Assistant and interim Managing Editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and works full-time as a processing archivist and electronic records/metadata specialist at the Harry Ransom Center. She will graduate from WGS in August 2008.

Her research interests include late 19th and early 20th century British and South African literature, the history of sexuality, male homosexuality in late 19th and early 20th century Britain, digital preservation, archival theory, information classification in literature, and cultural representations of African HIV/AIDS.


Dr. Ritter Testifies in Congressional Hearing on Women in Science

Fri, Nov 2, 2007

Washington, D.C. -Oct. 18, 2007- Gretchen Ritter, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, joined former health secretary Donna Shalala to examine the challenges women faculty in science and engineering face as part of a U.S. congressional hearing Oct. 17.

As part of her testimony before the House Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, Ritter identified institutional and cultural barriers to women's success, including disparities in professional assessments and rewards, the absence of senior women as mentors and the difficulty in achieving a balance between work and family.

Valerie Turullols, MA Student

Tue, Oct 9, 2007

Valerie Turullols, a second-year Master's student, attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC before receiving a BA in Sociology from St. Edward's University. As an undergraduate, Valerie spent a semester in Mexico City at Iberoamericana University, where she studied the role of Catholicism in Mexican women's lives. Valerie's undergraduate thesis, "The Ethics of Normative Genital Surgery on Infants with Ambiguous or Traumatized Genitalia" was chosen as a finalist for the St. Edward's 2006 Capstone Paper Award. Since entering the Women's and Gender Studies program at UT, Valerie's academic pursuits have diverged from her earlier work in women's spirituality, but she remains very interested in the subject. Since 2006, she has served as the Vice President of the Isis Institute of Women's Studies. The Austin based non-profit explores womens spiritual, social and political issues through community based classes and events. Valerie is currently working on her thesis, a q

Michele Guzman and others Commended

Dr. Guzman is a CWGS Affiliate in the College of Education.

Fri, Jun 29, 2007

Celebrating 15 years of service to Latino professionals at the University, the Hispanic Faculty Staff Association honored three of its members Tuesday in UT's Main Building.

"The association is a community within a community for Latino faculty and staff," said Michele Guzman, award recipient and assistant educational psychology professor.

The Association concluded its final meeting for the school year with a celebration commending members. Guzman was awarded Faculty Member of the Year, while Twiggy Aguilera received the Staff Member of the Year award.

MA Student: Kritika Agarwal

Mon, Jun 11, 2007

Kritika Agarwal is an international student from India. She graduated in English and Journalism from Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX in 2005. Kritika's research interests include 19th-century British literature, caste and marriage in India, and sexuality and women in religion, especially Islam. Kritika worked as a Teaching Assistant for the English department in 2006-07. She recently began work as Program Coordinator in the Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. During her first semester as a graduate student in Women's and Gender Studies, Kritika worked on a paper that examines the amendment of rape laws in Pakistan. The paper, titled "Reinterpreting Islamic Laws: The Current Debate on the Zina Ordinance in Pakistan and Its Implications for Women," has been accepted for publication in Intersections: Women's and Gender Studies in Review across Disciplines and for presentation at the annual conference of the National Women's Stu

Memorial Service Scheduled for Saturday, June 2 For Linguistics Professor Carlota S. Smith

Thu, May 31, 2007

Professor Carlota S. Smith died Thursday, May 24, at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer. She was the Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in the Humanities and taught at The University of Texas at Austin for 38 years.

Carlota was Centennial Professor of Linguistics at UT Austin and a longtime faculty affiliate of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She published several books (and numerous articles) on syntax, semantics, and text structure. She had also done research on Navajo. She had received numerous grants and awards for her research.

Carlota cared deeply about the status of women in academia and was the first person to alert CWGS Director, Gretchen Ritter, to the report issued by the National Academies of Science and Engineering, entitled Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. With Carlota's encouragement, we invited one of the authors of the report to spe

WGS and Information School Dual MA Degree Officially Approved

Fri, May 25, 2007

The graduate dean and provost have approved the proposal for a dual degree for an MA in Women's and Gender Studies and an MS in Information Studies! It will be available starting Fall 2007 and should be listed in the 2007-2009 version of the Graduate Catalog in both print and online versions.

Judge Bea Ann Smith teaches for WGS

Mon, Apr 16, 2007

WGS 345, "The Face of Justice," focuses on the issues that have changed our view of justice, the institutional changes that have promoted a new vision of justice, and some of the players who have brought about change.

Justice Bea Ann Smith Bea Ann Smith has served as a Justice on the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District, since her appointment by Governor Ann Richards in 1991. She also is the first Texas judge to serve as president of the National Association of Women Judges.

She is a member of Leadership Texas and the Texas Journal of Women and the Law and the Journal of Texas Administrative Law. She has served as a law clerk at the Fifth Circuit Court, practiced with major law firms, and operated her own practice.

Jaime Madden

Wed, Apr 11, 2007

Jaime Madden is a spring 2007 candidate for the Master of Arts in women's and gender studies. Her thesis project draws upon ecological feminist and feminist political theories to address the importance of alternative, safe, semipublic spaces, such as those provided by some girls empowerment programs and other community centers. Those spaces may allow participants, Jaime says, to constructively engage various aspects of their embodied identities, such as gender and race. In addition, those spaces may be community settings wherein participants are empowered to draw upon and make significance of their particular, nuanced experiences, and then use that as a starting point to better understand, and intervene in, the larger contexts of their lives.

Jaime's work is influenced by her experiences as an intern at High Rocks for Girls, a grassroots nonprofit that intends to educate, empower and inspire young West Virginia women. Jaime says, "

Candidate for WGS/Economics Hire Gives Lecture, "Explaining Women's Success: Technological Change and the Skill Content of Women's Work"

Sandra Black holds a Ph.D. from Harvard in Economics. Her thesis was titled, "The Valuation of Human Capital: A Study of Education and Training"

Mon, Mar 19, 2007

March 22, 2007 12:30 PM-2:00 PM in PAR 203
Presentation Sponsored by Department of Economics and WGS.

Lecture looks at Religion and Civic Participation

Dr. Amy Caiazza, "Politics, the Prophetic and the Practical: How Religious Women Can Redefine Public Life"

Mon, Mar 19, 2007

March 20, 2007 6:00 PM-8:00 PM at the LBJ Library, Brown Room
Dr. Amy Caiazza, is the Director of Democracy and Society Programs for the Institute for Women's Policy Research. She is an expert on the motivations and impacts of women's political and civic participation. Part of the Diversity and Religion in American Public Life Lecture Series. Co-Sponsored by Religious Studies and the LBJ Library.

Michiko Niori

Tue, Feb 27, 2007

Michiko Niori is a second-year Master's student. She received a B.A. in Law from Waseda University in Japan. While an undergraduate, Michiko studied at Washington University in St. Louis for a year as an exchange student. There, she took a course called "Women and Law" which altered her world perspective. Michiko says, "It was an eye-opening experience to me." In the course, Michiko wrote a research paper on racialized sexual harassment. She was so fancinated with the topic, she decided to further pursue this study.

As a Master's student, Michiko has written several papers about interpersonal violence and immigrant women. Her thesis will focus on the same topic. Michiko is currently involved with a Voices Against Violence course at UT. It is part of the Voices Against Violence Project at the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center. This year-long class uses a interactive theater method to educate peers about interpersonal violence.

Kyle Brillante

Tue, Jan 23, 2007

Kyle is a second-year Master's student anxiously anticipating graduation. He received a B.A. in Chinese and a B.S. in Biology from Trinity University . While an undergraduate, he studied at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, and later conducted research in Southern China as a recipient of a Freeman Foundation Fellowship. More recently, Kyle's research draws upon his experiences as a patron and volunteer at the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival (aGLIFF). Merging auto-ethnography, public space theory, and queer and feminist theories, his thesis explores the effect of the festival's structure on patrons' experiences of visibility and sexual politics. Additionally, Kyle has written several pieces on his experiences as a man in a women's and gender studies program, including one that will be published by Routledge as part of a forthcoming anthology on men and feminism. As a teaching assistant in English this past year, he has also benefited from the pleasures

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