Spring 2018

Women, Gender & Sexuality Courses

WGS 2100-100  Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies   Field

WGS 2100-002  Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies    Speidel  

WGS 2100-003  Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies    Arnold

WGS 2224-001  Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media  Shutt

WGS 2224-002  Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media  Shutt

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring “From Marriage Equality to Campus Safety: The Role of the Modern Attorney General”

Mark Herring

The University of Virginia’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Program will host Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.  He will discuss the role of the Virginia Attorney General’s office in issues such as same-sex marriage and campus safety, and he will field questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public,to be held in the Kaleidoscope Room, on the 3rd floor of Newcomb Hall. .
The Women, Gender & Sexuality Program is hosting Herring in partnership with the UVA Department of Politics, the UVA Women’s Center and the UVA LGBT Center.


Selected Publications:

Handbook of Psychological and Sexual Orientation (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities and Youth (Oxford University Press, 2001)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities in Families (Oxford University Press, 1998)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities Over the Lifespan (Oxford University Press, 1995)




Overlooked No More: Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian Poet Who Broke Barriers of Sex and Society

When a radio interviewer suggested to the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad that her verses could be characterized as “feminine,” she rejected the notion.

“What is important is humanity, not being a man or a woman,” she said. “If a poem can get to that point, it is no longer connected with its creator but with a world of poetry.”

Symposium on the Music of Judith Shatin

Judith Shatin is a longtime UVA faculty member nearing retirement, who is a composer, and this symposium and concert will honor her work.

April 5, 2019 – symposium

April 6, 2019, 8pm – concert in Old Cabell Hall

Event co-sponsored with the Department of Music.

Susana Baca in Concert at UVA

Dear Friends – Queridos Amigos

Mark your calendars!

“Black (Contemporary) History Month Celebration

Free and open to the public:

Susana Baca in Concert at UVA

Opinion/Commentary: Mideast journalists often pay in blood: Khashoggi is the latest

Feeling pain and fear in the marrow of my fingers, I wonder what was so dangerous, so menacing about a journalist whose only weapons were his words. Why were Jamal Khashoggi’s pen-wielding fingers chopped off before he was allegedly strapped to a desk and dismembered?

Befuddled, I ask myself, why would a sovereign and powerful government dispatch a whole hit squad to another country, and fully equip it with private jets, cars, bone saws, and forensic technology to assassinate a man who dearly loved his country? What had he done to deserve such fury and such a brutal death?

UVA Professor: Transgender Characters in Media Are ‘Moving in Right Direction’

Transgender characters on television shows, in movies and in other mainstream media have never been more prevalent. But how do people in the transgender community feel about these characters, who are attempting to portray them?

Well-represented? Empowered? More vulnerable? Better understood? Indifferent?

These are questions that University of Virginia assistant media studies professor André Cavalcante addressed in his recent book, “Struggling for Ordinary: Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life.”

Free Cece

Reducing Sexual Harassment at UVA: A Day of Discussion

The 2018 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Sexual Harassment of Women:  Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (pdf copy available free of charge at http://nap.edu/24994) outlines the problem of sexual harassment in academia and provides 15 recommendations to reduce sexual harassment for faculty staff, and students in academic settings. On Oct. 10, we will hold a day-long series of events on this subject, with the primary focus of workshops on a prioritized set of the 15 recommendations.