Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 3, Issue 1
fall 2012
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Craig Canfield
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Spring Letters from the Chairs of WGSS & LGBTS


from Inderpal Grewal

This fall has been an exciting and full semester. We are growing in the numbers of majors as we come to have a stable faculty ...

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from Joseph Gordon

I am pleased to return as chair of LGBT Studies for 2012-13, and to thank old friends and new partners of this program ...

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Thanks to Professors George Chauncey and Marianne LaFrance

The WGSS and LGBT community at Yale  would like to thank Marianne LaFrance and George Chauncey for  making time to take on the important and time-consuming duties as interim chairs of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and LGBT Studies during spring 2012 ...

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Reflections from a New Faculty Member

by Joe Fischel


Greetings to the WGSS community! Thank you all for your generosity and warm reception over the past several months of transition. I arrived at Yale after spending six years receiving my PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and by way of detour through a postdoctoral fellowship in the Pembroke Center at Brown University ...

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Students' Perspectives on Courses

Introduction to LGBT Studies
WGSS 296

by Maya Binyam, '15

"Introduction to LGBT Studies" is an unfairly named course. This assertion is by no means a criticism of the course's content; in this dynamic seminar, Professor Joe Fischel introduces us to a diverse community of scholars and theorists ...

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Theory and Politics of Sexual Consent
WGSS 372

by Connie Cho, '13

Professor Joe Fischel leads a dynamic but nuanced investigation of the possibilities and limitations of sexual consent as a model for "good sex." Alongside a rigorous foundation of political theory, Professor Fischel deftly navigates the class through the intricacies of feminist critique ...

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Photo by Jonathan Busky

Alum Spotlight: Galen Sherwin

If there was one course that was a turning point in my life, it was my first semester at Yale, Women’s Studies 101, with Professor Michaela Di Leonardo.  In that classroom I felt like I’d found a home—a place where I could explore and express the ideas, frustrations, anger, and inspiration that I had bottled up during high school ...

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Photo by George Chauncey

Finding Myself at the Movies

by Ron Gregg

Like many queer boys in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I fell in love with film in part because of the isolation I felt as a teenager.  I was raised in Dexter, Missouri, a small, rural, all-white working class community in the southeast corner of the state near the birthplace of Rush Limbaugh.  In a pre-internet era, my only way to escape this world was to go to the movies, and it was there that I found myself ...

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Kimberly Goff-Crews: A Course that Mattered

by Yanan Wang, ‘15 and Suzanna Fritzberg, ‘14

When newly hired Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews first arrived at Yale as an undergraduate in 1983, the campus was going through a period of upheaval and civic change. “It was the tail end of the 60’s, 70’s feminist movements,” Goff-Crews recalls. “There was an overlap of conversations on many college campuses about not only the women’s movement but also the black feminist movement.” ...

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WGSS Colloquium and Working Group

by Andrew E. Dowe and Devin McGeehan Muchmore

An encounter with former WGSS Professor David Agruss in the Paris Metro this summer prompted me to reflect on the enduring impact of the Graduate Qualification Program beyond campus. En route to the Association of Cultural Studies Crossroads Conference, I was pleased to report on the robust health of Colloquium and Working Group, which David worked with graduate students and faculty to develop ...

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James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize and Lectures: Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany delivered the 2012-2013 James Robert Brudner '83 Memorial Prize Lectures at Yale on October 17th and at the Midtown Executive Club at Club Quarters Midtown in New York City on October 18th...

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WGSS Speaker Series: Gender, Sexuality, and New Media


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Recent Books by WGSS Faculty Members

WGSS congratulates our affiliated faculty members who have published their recent scholarship.

PhotoMedical Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures
Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Emily A. Wentzell

PhotoTransforming Ethnographic Knowledge
Edited by Rebecca Hardin and Kamari Maxine Clark

PhotoWomanist Theological Ethics: A Reader
Edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, and Angela D. Sims

PhotoThe Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination
From MLK and RFK to Foruyn and van Gogh

Ron Eyerman

PhotoCaring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow
of the Welfare State
Jennifer Klein and Eileen Boris

PhotoThe New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East
Marcia C. Inhorn

For a full listing of books and materials published by WGSS Faculty, please visit the Faculty Book Shelf at http://wgss.yale.edu/books/faculty-books


Recent news by or about the WGSS and LGBT community

Phi Beta Kappa honors Dean Gordon for ‘Outstanding’ Service

The Pioneers

After Big Brother Is it Big Mommy?

No More California Dream?

George Chauncey Appointed the Samuel Knight Professor

Joanne Meyerowitz Named the Arthur Unobskey Professor

WGSS Alum, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, Wins Rhodes Scholarship

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