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Provost Briefs

Women's Studies

Women's Studies has been enjoying a year-long series of events and talks to celebrate its 40th anniversary. We thank all those departments, programs and offices of the Colleges who have created and supported events to commemorate this significant occasion, including: visiting women activists in SNCC ( and editors of Hands on the Freedom Plow); the biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference; production of Wendy Wasserstein’s play “Heidi Chronicles,” followed by a talk back; a poetry reading by Ely Shipley; talk by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood; Olive Prince ’99 site-specific dance "twine: a celebration of power" choreographed especially for our 40th; art exhibit “Double Vision” featuring public artist Janet Braun-Reinitz ’73; and, a faculty dance concert “40 for 40.” To add to these exciting events, professors Michelle Baron and Jessica Hayes-Conroy inaugurated a Women’s Studies tea for faculty and students, and, here, we acknowledge Charles Amos, WS parent, whose kind donation helped to sponsor the tea, including WMST 40th tea mugs, along with other events.

Etin Anwar was a panelist at Capitol Hill on multi-faith parternships, http://www.globalpeace.org/newsapp/muslim-christian-hindu-faith-leaders-say-shared-values-are-foundation-for-peace.

Michelle Baron’s chapter "(Hyper/in)visibility and the Military Corps(e)" will appear in the fall in Queer Necropolitics; she has also co-convened a working group and presented a paper on “Interrogating the Romance of Community Theater” for the American Society, and will speak on “Queer Documentation: Affects, Repetitions, Histories” at Performance Studies International at Stanford University in June.

Betty Bayer published “Enchantment in an age of occupy” (2012, Women’s Studies Quarterly, special issue), and has two essays forthcoming on critical history and theory of feminism and on spirituality. She was also nominated and elected to the Board of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Historical Park.

Lara Blanchard is preparing a chapter for the edited volume Women, Gender, and Art in Early Modern Asia and has been invited to present at Bowdoin’s symposium on contemporary Chinese women artists.

Christine Chin’s work “Breast Bottles” from Sentient Kitchen was in a juried exhibit (jurors Deborah Bright and Barbara DeGenevieve) sponsored by the combined Women's and Multicultural Caucuses of the Society of Photographic Education at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Illinois.

Elena Ciletti’s published essay: “Double Vision, Opening Eyes,” appeared in Double Vision exhibition catalogue, Davis Gallery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and her own collages were shown as part of the exhibit. Presented papers include: “Elizabeth I as Holofernes? On the Uses and Misuses of Judith in the Late Sixteenth Century” (Society for Renaissance Studies Biennial Conference, Manchester UK) and “Regarding Pontormo in Settecento Florence” for the Panel: Celebrating Janet Cox- Rearick I: The Legacy of Mannerism (Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, San Diego).

Kathryn Cowles had poems published in Free Verse, Western Humanities Review, Clade Song, Versal, The Offending Adam, and Witness as well as for the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day.

May Summer Farnsworth is co-editor of a critical anthology of Latin American theatre by Women: Escrito por mujeres (Forthcoming from LATR Books, U of Kansas), and previously co-published (with Kevin Dunn) an article on the legacy of Riot Grrrl Press and women in punk in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Jessica Hayes-Conroy was recently an invited to speak on “imagining Critical Nutrition Practice: Lessons from Protocol Feminism and Feminist Self Help” at the Critical Nutrition symposium held at the University of Santa Cruz, and is co-editor of the forthcoming book Doing Nutrition Differently: Critical Approaches to Dietary Intervention, Ashgate Publishing.

Liliana Leopardi has a forthcoming essay "Love Magic: Rings, Engraved Precious Gems and Masculine Anxiety" in Erotica and the Erotic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, delivered the paper "Vision and Magic: Indexical Implications of Seeing in Early Modern Culture" at the international conference Ecologies of Seeing or Seeing Whole: Images and Space, Images within Images organized by the Nomadikon group (University of Bergen, Sweden), and is a scholar in residence at Bowers Museum (Santa Ana) on the occasion of the opening of the Gems of the Medici Exhibits.

Leah Shafer gave an invited presentation at Shimer College, Chicago, Ill, on her experimental open documentary about the Declaration of Sentiments "Sentiments and Usurpations," a film shot at the Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference in 2010. This film’s premier was held at the Women’s Rights National Park for the opening of the 2012 biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference.