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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S YEAR BY JOCELYN OLCOTT Amid the geopolitical and social turmoil of the 1970s, the United Nations declared 1975 as International Women's Year. The capstone event, a two-week conference in Mexico City, was dubbed by organizers and journalists as "the greatest consciousness-raising event in history." While participants expressed dismay at levels of discord and conflict, Professor of History Jocelyn Olcott explores how these combative, unanticipated encounters generated the most enduring legacies… read more about Duke scholars document women's contributions to history, culture and society »

This month, we present a collection of 12 Duke-authored books documenting women's contributions to history, culture and society. These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries, the Gothic Bookshop or the Regulator Bookshop.   Women and the War Story by Miriam Cooke In “Women and the War Story,” Professor Emerita miriam cooke charts the emerging tradition of women’s contributions to what she calls the “War Story,” a genre formerly reserved for men. Concentrating on… read more about 12 Duke-Authored Books on Women's History »

The rise of cellular agriculture will force consumers to consider the moral consequences of torturing and killing animals for food. Consider a steak. When it hits the hot oil in the pan, your mouth can’t help but water at the aroma. That familiar crackle of fat beginning to fry and render is the sound of the maillard reaction: that wondrous molecular dance of the steak’s amino acids and sugars as they caramelize during the searing process. When you pull it from the pan—it’s only a few moments away now—and your teeth sink… read more about The Sadism of Eating Real Meat Over Lab Meat »

Last fall, Duke alumni Alex Sanchez Bressler ’18 and Daniela Saucedo ‘18, along with Saucedo’s mother, Ana Brewton, started a fused glass business. The trio now melts glass at a sweltering 1480 degrees Fahrenheit in the Sonoran Desert. Their kiln—a one-ton oven consuming a quarter of the garage… read more about All in the Family: La Colombe Contemporary Glasswork »

Farren Yero is currently a postdoctoral associate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is a scholar of Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in gender studies and the history of race, health, and medicine. Her writing has appeared in The Recipes Project, The Panorama, and Age of Revolutions, and her research has been supported by the ACLS, Fulbright-Hays, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Newberry Library.    Dr. Yero also will… read more about GSF Feminist Studies Certificate Alumni Farren Yero awarded the OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship »

In the fall of 2020, the class Women in the Political Process brought together undergraduates from various disciplines interested in analyzing women's role in the political arena in the United States. In light of the centennial of the 19th amendment and the elections to be held in the country in November, this course offered a timely space to think critically about the history of women's suffrage, the challenges that women face in popularly elected positions, and reflect on what we mean when we talk about "women's issues… read more about A Feminist Space in Which Students Became Political Analysts and Filmmakers »

The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW) will be having its 14th annual event throughout the month of March, inviting three scholars from around the country to share their cutting-edge research in the field. Unlike their past workshop events, which were held over the course of two days, it will be spread across three Friday afternoons, each highlighting a different speaker.  The Feminist Theory Workshop was founded by the Professor of Programs in Literature and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and former Margaret Taylor… read more about 14th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop continues the conversation online »

This month, we present a collection of 10 Duke-authored books detailing the history of Black life in America. While this is not a comprehensive list of all Duke scholarship on Black history, it is intended to be an introduction to the multifaceted work of Duke scholars in public policy, history, documentary studies, religious studies, African and African-American studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, art, art history, and visual studies.  These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries,… read more about 10 Duke-Authored Books on Black History »

The Beginning of the End of Meaningless Work Ten years out from “The Problem With Work,” the theorist Kathi Weeks considers the current labor crisis, “essential” jobs, and post-pandemic futures “When was the last time we really had terms with which or the occasion for questioning the quality of people’s work?” Kathi Weeks, professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University, asked when we spoke in December, which, at that point, had been the deadliest month so far of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 12… read more about Kathi Weeks on the Current Labor Crisis, "Essential" Jobs, and Post-Pandemic Futures »

When Professor Anne-Maria Makhulu returned to South Africa to start her research in the late 1990s, the South African Truth & Reconciliation Commission was just beginning to start its work. She says that while the newly established transparency was important for understanding the workings of… read more about South Africa After the Rainbow [POLICY 360 PODCAST] »

Special Issue:  Feminist Analysis of Covid-19 In “Reinventing Socio-Ecological Reproduction, Designing a Feminist Logistics: Perspectives from Italy,” Tania Rispoli and Miriam Tola examine Bergamo, the region in northern Italy hardest hit by the pandemic. They point out how activists there have more forcefully centered the importance of social reproduction and offer examples of “radical care” projects that address basic survival and health needs.  read more about GSF Certificate Student, Tania Rispoli's article in the latest Feminist Studies Journal »

The centennial of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, and an election year in which more women than ever were running for political office made this fall an ideal time to study “Women in the Political Process” at Duke. But when undergraduates signed up for the… read more about GSF Projects Showcase Undergraduate Research Through Documentary Filmmaking »

Formally austere but dense with sensation and longing, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s single-channel video Mouth to Mouth (1975) is an eight-minute meditation on the significance of language in Korea’s colonial and diasporic history. Composed of three parts that feature English letters, the vowel graphemes of Han’gŭl (the phonetic script of the Korean alphabet), and an image of a mouth moving in and out of visibility, Mouth to Mouth unfolds into an intensely physical reflection on the Korean language as a mother… read more about Kimberly Lamm's article Mouth Work: Writing the Voice of the Mother Tongue in the Art of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha »

Big Agriculture’s artificial insemination is abusive. Most states have rewritten old laws to absolve it—but some haven’t. It isn’t spoken of much, but a significant chunk of the Kansas economy depends on pervasive violations of its anti-bestiality laws. In 2010, the Kansas legislature revised the state’s “criminal sodomy” statute—historically vague laws criminalizing multiple forms of nonprocreative sex—to delete language that criminalized consensual gay sex. But it preserved other itemized crimes in the law, including… read more about Gabriel Rosenberg on the Meat Industry's Bestiality Problem »

Our courses challenge students to think critically about questions surrounding gender, sexuality and issues impacting women. And for Spring 2021, we will feature a broad range of courses focusing on topics such as Gender and Race in Science, questioning digital innovation through feminism, queer, and gender studies, the body's relation to identity and subjectivity, and more. Below are just a sampling of our offerings this Spring.  Selected Spotlighted Courses GSF 89S.01… read more about Spotlighted Spring 2021 Classes »

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 »