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

PhotoWGSS Chair’s Letter, Spring 2012

It's been (yet another) busy year for the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program at Yale – courses, talks, awards, controversies, and a staff change. I was happy to fill in as interim Chair while Inderpal Grewal took a well-earned sabbatical leave and we look forward to her return in the fall.

We said a fond goodbye to John-Albert Moseley, the program manager for WGSS who moved to Boston in January, but fortunately we had Linda Hase, our able senior administrative assistant, who keeps our animated enterprise running smoothly. We are very excited to announce that Craig Canfield has accepted the position of Senior Administrative Assistant II. Interest in the position was especially keen, and the talent we had to choose from was impressive. We welcome Craig aboard!

Our intellectual offerings this year continued on an inspiring trajectory. Undergraduates could select from over 30 courses in both the fall and spring semesters, from "Feminist Fictions" through "Masculinity and Militarization" to "Globalizing Gender." Six seniors with a major in WGSS will graduate in May and close on their heels are eleven juniors pursuing the major in WGSS.

Besides the panoply of graduate courses (e.g., "Women Make Modern" and "Masculinity and Men's Health"), graduate students with an interest in WGSS carried on their yearlong, monthly Colloquium and Working Group series. The topics were far ranging and the collaborative spirit ran deep.

Forty years ago, as Women's Studies Programs began popping up in colleges and universities around the country, one voice was heard in nearly all of them, that of the poet Adrienne Rich, who died this March at age 82. Her first collection of poetry, A Change in the World written while she was an undergraduate at Radcliffe so impressed W.H. Auden that he chose it for the Yale Younger Poets series in 1951.

Rich wrote "On Edges" in 1968:

I'd rather
taste blood, yours or mine, flowing
from a sudden slash, than cut all
day
with blunt scissors on dotted lines
like the teacher told.

Some of that spirit was in evidence earlier this month as the Yale faculty passed a resolution that urged the University in its forthcoming venture with the National University of Singapore "to respect, protect and further principles of non-discrimination for all, including sexual minorities and migrant workers; and to uphold civil liberty and political freedom on campus and in the broader society."

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