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New Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies


I just got an email that brought this new interdisciplinary group to my attention. I thought some of us may be interested, so here it is!



Title: Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies Open Forum
> Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
> Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
> Location: Appleby Hall 41
> We would like to invite all interested faculty, graduate students,
> and scholars to join us for an organizational meeting to discuss
> ideas for promoting interdisciplinary teaching and research on
> Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. A more extensive
> description of the group is attached.
> We have been given some financial support to fulfill this mission
> and we ask you to join us at this meeting - either in person or
> electronically - with ideas on using the allocated funds. Perhaps we
> could bring in speakers, artists, have discussion groups, retreats,
> workshops, etc. Please forward this invitation to other graduate
> students and faculty members.
> Please RSVP to Beng Chang, either by email or call
> (612) 626-2562. Also feel free to contact me if you have any
> questions, comments, or suggestions.



NAME OF GROUP:  Graduate Interdisciplinary Group in Sexuality Studies


Primary Contact Person:  Edén E. Torres

                                                Dept. of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

                                                425 Ford Hall




This interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students brings together their collective experiences, epistemologies, cultures and diverse perspectives from across the disciplines and colleges in an effort to better understand the social, historical, psychological, literary, legal, and political contexts in which human sexualities have been and are currently being expressed and theorized.   This is an advanced discussion group focusing on the relation of gender and sexuality to structures of power and inequality.  Our mission is to advance interdisciplinary teaching, research and advocacy in Sexuality Studies, as well as to promote sexual literacy, sexual well-being and social justice.  Our goals include but are not limited to: promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative discussions and research; to provide a rich environment for graduate students from across the university to think through their projects in dialogue with experienced researchers; to supplement the educational experiences and training of graduate students interested in sexuality studies; to foster an atmosphere that is increasingly open to and excited about research addressing sexuality, gender, and GLBTQ  sociopolitical issues; to enhance and complement the educational missions of various departments and colleges; to investigate the ways that sexuality is shaped by social roles and intersecting or overlapping identities based on race, gender, dis(ability), nationality and socioeconomic class; and to enhance and enrich the students' regular curriculum opportunities by exposing them to expertise in a truly interdisciplinary forum that will position them to compete on the academic job market or in professional fields where such training is vital.


The proposed activities would provide a forum for graduate students from across the disciplines to interact with an interdisciplinary group of faculty members-many of whom they might not otherwise have a chance to meet, especially if they are working in non-interdisciplinary programs.  As sexuality studies transcends the boundaries of single disciplines and colleges, we expect to draw in students from across the university.  Because these issues and scholarly inquiries have global implications, it is important for students to have a strong interdisciplinary background from which to address questions around citizenship and the role of sexuality in determining varying relationships to power that influence not just our personal but also our social, economic and political lives.  Because expressions of sexuality differ across cultures, time and space it is imperative that students learn to carefully analyze the nature and effects of sexualities and socializations in order to produce new research instruments, theories, and practices. Clearly, the impact of such scholarship is or will be important in almost every academic discipline in universities around the globe. 

Solidarity Forever: Solutions to TA woes

Hi All! Per our conversation today, I thought I'd give you some more information about the Graduate Student Workers United group. This group is currently working on organizing a union for graduate student workers, and the issues that came up in class today would surely be relevant to future collective bargaining conversations. In addition, the GSWU publishes a monthly newsletter, and anyone interested in submitting an article (around 200 words) regarding their position as a grad student worker is strongly encouraged to do so!

GSWU meets every Thursday evening at 6pm in the Geography dept lounge (4th floor, Social Sciences Tower on the West Bank). 

If you don't want to come to meetings but want to be involved in other ways (via the newsletter or other things) you can ask me or Melody H for more info!

Workshop on Social Justice and Technology

I just saw this on the Center for Teaching and Learning website:

Social Justice and Technology

November 17, 2009
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Carlson (CSOM) Private Dining Room

Kristi Rudulius-Palmer and Natela Jordan will discuss "This is My Home," an innovative web tool designed to help educators locally, nationally and internationally teach human rights in a multicultural context.

Walt Jacobs will discuss making digital stories - short 3-5 minute videos that combine voice, images, text, and music to preserve memory, write history, learn, entertain, organize, and heal in various communities. He will detail both the process and outcomes of making these digital stories.

RSVP to as space is limited and lunch will be provided.

Note: I just RSVPd and there is still room for more. Anyone want to join me?