Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 2, Issue 2
spring 2012
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editor, Linda Hase
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Colloquium and Working Group

by Andrew E. Dowe

This fall, my fellow graduate student Emily Johnson and I returned to the third floor of William L. Harkness Hall, excited to join with Director of Graduate Studies Jill  Campbell in convening the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium and Working Group. The Colloquium and Working Group extend a supportive home for rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to graduate students. This mutual support characterizes Yale’s WGSS community. As an undergraduate major returning for graduate studies, it has been a privilege to help my fellow graduate students reap the benefits of the department’s continued growth. The amazing energy and unprecedented attendance that filled room 309 on twelve Monday evenings this year demonstrate the continued returns of sustained personal and institutional investment in WGSS.

Scholars ranging from emeritus faculty to graduate students shared their work and work-in-progress with the Colloquium and Working Group. The ensuing discussions continued a rich tradition of scholarly generosity that makes WGSS such a generative space for collaborative and dynamic work. Though Yale does not yet offer a PhD in WGSS, graduate students pursuing the Graduate Qualification participate actively in department events and the generous participation of faculty in the Colloquium and Working Group speak to the central role WGSS plays in a broad cross-section of academic work emerging from departments across the University.

I am excited to see what the new year will bring as we welcome new students and faculty to our WGSS community. The expanded institutional investment signaled by the addition of a tenure-track faculty line in LGBTS will no doubt bring new energy to the  Graduate Colloquium and Working Group. These graduate initiatives will continue to grow along with the department’s capacity to support a greater range and volume of our work. This necessary and much appreciated expanding institutional investment, however,  also reminds us that the most inspiring aspect of WGSS’s development is the enduring personal investment of the talents, energy and dedication of the extraordinary scholars who make the department a home for themselves and others like myself.

Andrew E. Dowe (AFAM/AMST/WGSS) convenes the WGSS Graduate Colloquium and the Working Group with Emily Johnson (HIST/WGSS).

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