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DURHAM, N.C. – Two Duke University seniors were among 32 recipients selected this weekend for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships. Kendall Jefferys, from Keller, Texas, and Jamal Burns, from Saint Louis, Missouri, were chosen from among 953 applicants at colleges and universities throughout the country. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Recipients are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and a… read more about Two Duke Seniors Awarded Rhodes Scholarship »

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University senior Amelia Steinbach of Durham, North Carolina, is one of 12 Americans selected this weekend to receive the George J. Mitchell Scholarship for a year of graduate study in Ireland. This year, 453 students applied for the scholarship, named in honor of Sen. George Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service. Steinbach, a political science major with minors in Gender, Sexuality &… read more about Duke Senior Awarded George J. Mitchell Scholarship to Study in Ireland »

The scholar’s provocative writing illuminates stories that have long gone untold. By Alexis Okeowo October 19, 2020 Blending research and invention, Hartman has created an “argument that challenged the assumptions of history.”Photograph by Ryan Cardoso for The New Yorker On a clear night earlier this year, the writer and scholar Saidiya Hartman was fidgeting in a cab on the way to moma PS1, the contemporary-art center in Queens. The museum was holding an event to celebrate Hartman’s latest book, “Wayward Lives… read more about How Saidiya Hartman Retells the History of Black Life »

“I am fundamentally committed to Black feminism as a theoretical and political project,” said Jennifer Nash, who joined the Duke faculty as Jean Fox O'Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality… read more about Unsettling the Romances of Black Feminism »

Duke Graduate School Article - Ph.D. Alumna Captures Soundtract of a City in the Making Joella Bitter was following a couple surveyors around the lush, green western outskirts of Gulu, a growing city in northern Uganda. While the surveyors marked the path of a future road, she was trying to record the songs of some nearby birds for her dissertation. The skittish avians, however, weren’t cooperating, as they scattered whenever she approached. read more about GSF Certificate Alumna, Joella Bitter's album release: Gulu SoundTracks »

In 1964, the most prominent building on East Campus was dedicated as the Baldwin Auditorium in honor of Dean Alice Mary Baldwin, one of the most significant administrators in the history of the university. Initially coming to Trinity College in 1923 as Dean of Women and the first woman to have full faculty status, she became Dean of the new undergraduate college for women in the new university in 1926, a position she held until her retirement in 1947. read more about First Woman To Have Full Faculty Status at Duke University »

GSF Director, Professor Jocelyn Olcott has been named a co-recipient of the Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize in Transnational Women's and Gender History for her book International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Oxford University Press, 2017).   The citation for Jocelyn’s prize reads as follows: This engaging history complicates the standard narrative of the 1975 United Nations International Women’s Year (IWY) Conference in Mexico City.  It unpacks some of the oppositions which have… read more about Jocelyn Olcott named Co-recipient of the Ida Blom-Karen Offen Prize »

Jennifer C. Nash, who has just joined the department as the new Jean Fox O’Barr Chair of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, has been selected to deliver a prestigious Langford Lecture this year. Named after former Provost and Divinity School Dean Thomas Langford, the lectureship was established in 2000 to honor Langford’s commitment to the highest university values of scholarship, teaching, collegiality, and promotion of faculty excellence and community.  Each year, the Langford Lectureship series afford Duke faculty… read more about GSF's Jennifer Nash to deliver Langford Lecture »

Florence Howe, a key architect of the women’s studies movement and a founder of the Feminist Press, a literary nonprofit dedicated to promoting social justice and amplifying overlooked voices, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 91. The Feminist Press confirmed her death in a statement. Ms. Howe, who lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, had been in hospice care with Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed in 2017. When Ms. Howe began teaching in colleges and universities in the 1950s, women’s studies was not an… read more about Florence Howe, 'Mother of Women's Studies,' Dies at 91 »

Feminism has never been more widely proclaimed than it is now. But there is no consensus within the movement about what that means or how to move forward. Are these conflicts getting in the way of progress — or paving the way for growth? This CBSN Originals documentary explores the internal culture wars and the greatest obstacles facing the feminist movement today. read more about GSF Jennifer Nash speaking on CBS News Originals "Speaking Frankly | Feminism" »

Contact tracing is a medical practice designated by public health experts to monitor and contain the spread of infectious diseases. In the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been employed both regionally and globally, both traditionally by human tracer and newly by digital mobile applications. With its wide use, debates around contact tracing are also emerging. To what extent could contact tracing be effective? How is contact tracing concerned with control, privacy, and market? For a caring future, where and what are possibilities?… read more about Contact Tracing Between Control and Care »

Revaluing Care in the Times of Covid-19 Series On July 18, Jessica Covil moderated a panel over Zoom called “Defunding the Police: Confronting Anti-Blackness, Centering the Margins.” This seminar gathered to discuss the role of anti-blackness in the U.S. policing system, and the need to protect society’s most marginalized populations by defunding the police as a form of redistributive justice and communal care. When Covil began organizing this panel with the help of fellow graduate students Tania Rispoli and Yanping Ni,… read more about Defunding the Police »

The Duke Technology Scholars community is broad, strong, resilient—and growing every year New city, familiar community  Alanna Robinson was moving to Seattle in just ten days to start a full-time job as a software engineer at Zulily, but she still didn’t have a place to live, she confessed to Maddie Nelson and Robin Lorenzini, two fellow Duke alumnae, on a recent Zoom call. Lorenzini piped up immediately. “I know of a room in Capitol Hill,” she said. “I can get an air mattress over there tonight… read more about Building a Network to Last »

Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Distinguished Professor of English, was interviewed for a WalletHub article about how to close the gender pay gap, what policies will have the most impact and how to increase female representation in leadership at large companies. read more about 2020’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality »

In fields where collaboration is rare, project teams provide opportunities to work with others towards a common goal, develop transferable skills and make connections with people outside of your department. read more about Reflections from GSF Certificate graduate, Liz Crisenbery as Bass Connections Project Manager »

Gabriel Rosenberg, associate professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, discusses the important role fast food chains could play in transforming the food system. Read… read more about Burgers Won't Save the Planet—but Fast Food Might »

For many, the past decade has created new awareness of gender and sexual politics. North Carolina’s HB2 was just one of the many flashpoints that spurred a movement. And it wasn’t just happening in this… read more about New Major Offers Global Perspective on Gender »

Gabriel N. Rosenberg's latest article, in the publication Wired. Fast food joints are cheap, convenient, and widely available. And if they swapped out beef for alternative proteins, they could transform the food system.   ONE DAY, WE’LL tell our grandkids about the Great Burger Wars. Scientists dueling social conservatives, foodies brawling with tech entrepreneurs, vegans sniping at vegans—burgers are a window on the charged politics of climate change. And low-methane cows, Impossible Whoppers, and… read more about Burgers Won't Save the Planet-but Fast Food Might »

Our courses challenge students to think critically about questions surrounding gender, sexuality and issues impacting women. And for Fall 2020, we will feature a broad range of courses focusing on topics such as women in the political process and at work, LGBTQ issues and sexuality nature vs. nurture debates, race and transnational feminism, and more. Below are just a sampling of our offerings for this fall. Selected Spotlighted Courses GSF 199S.01: Thinking Gender… read more about Spotlighted Fall 2020 Classes »

GSF Alumni. Anna Homayoun, updated her Washington Post article from July 21st to be seen in The Spokesman-Review Aug. 2nd edition. Recent incidents of police violence and protests highlighting systemic racism, social inequality and police brutality have caused many teens – and adults – already overwhelmed by the continuing pandemic to feel increasingly anxious and concerned. The past few months have been exhausting for so many of us. It can be easy for young people navigating so many layers of uncertainty to feel… read more about 5 ways to help teens feel seen and heard in an uncertain time »

Revaluing Care in the Times of Covid-19 Series In addition to changing how we interact with each other, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the flaws in the United States childcare system. As daycares are forced to close and waves of layoffs in women-dominated fields continue, the funding problem within the childcare system has turned into a full-blown crisis. With reopening plans rolling out slowly in the next months, childcare providers are still in left limbo and many moms are still burdened with the primary care… read more about The COVID-19 Childcare Crisis »

Zadaiah Roye is a Duke Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Major and Duke Stanback Fellow at the Population Institute, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that supports reproductive health and rights The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law in June Medical Services v. Russo is a major win for reproductive rights in the United States. If the law had been upheld, it would have severely diminished access to abortion services in Louisiana and… read more about Opinion: Why Black American women literally cannot breathe »

“I Have Ambition”: Muhammad Ramadan's Proletarian Masculinities in Postrevolution Egyptian Cinema  Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Associate Professor Frances Hasso's latest article published by Cambridge University Press, via the Cambridge Core platform, International Journal of Middle East Studies on policing, masculinity, class and Egyptian film. Click here for full article. read more about Frances Hasso's latest article published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Cambridge Core »

The faculty and staff of the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program are outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, alongside countless other victims of anti-black police and vigilante violence. We stand in solidarity with those who protest anti-black violence, systemic racism, and white supremacy, and who gather together to demand freedom, justice, and self-determination for all peoples. We condemn the violent and lawless response of the police to those protestors. … read more about GSF Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter »

There has been a dramatic shift in the public’s perception of care workers as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with most people believing they should be better paid and better valued, according to a survey. The poll, which was published on Tuesday by the gender equality campaigning charity the Fawcett Society, found 65% of respondents supported an increase in income tax to fund a pay rise for care workers, a figure that rose to 68% among Conservative voters polled. Sam Smethers, the charity’s chief executive, said: “… read more about Care Workers Should Be Better Paid and Valued after Covid-19-poll »

We are delighted to celebrate the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies majors, minors and graduate students who have completed their studies this year. Department Chair Jocelyn Olcott shared the following message with 2020 graduates.   Our Majors Saumya Sao Second Major in Global Health Senior Story During my sophomore fall semester at Duke, kind of on a whim, I took my first Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies class. A few… read more about We're Proud of You GSF Graduates! »

Congratulations to our Graduating Honors Thesis Students: Amelia Windemuth GSF First Major (Second Major: Global Health) Thesis Title: Fetuses for Likes: An Analysis of the Contemporary Uses of Fetal Imagery by American Anti-Choice Extremists Online Abstract: This thesis engages critically with the historical and contemporary uses of fetal imagery to explore how it has been leveraged by American anti-choice extremists on social media to promote notions of fetal personhood. I develop an… read more about Congratulations to our Honors Thesis Senior Graduates! »

Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.   African & African American Studies   John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells   Art, Art History & Visual Studies        Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »