MDST 3407

The history of American cinema is inextricably and controversially tied to the racial politics of the U.S. This course will explore how images of racial and ethnic minorities such as African Americans, Jews, Asians, Native Americans and Latino/as are reflected on screen and the ways that minorities in the entertainment industry have responded to often limiting representations.

"The Mother of the Race and Modern Girls: Intersections of Racial and Generational Conflict in the US Women's Rights Movement, 1870-1920" Corinne Field, UVA

Field Job Talk Flyer

"Informed or Misinformed Consent? Abortion Politics in the States" Cynthia Daniels, Professor, Rutgers University

WGS Coffee Social

Coffee Social



“Terror and Subjugation in the Reconstruction South: A Chapter in the History of Sexualized Violence" Dr. Lisa Cardyn, Stanford University

Cardyn Job Talk Flyer

WGS 2896

Students will continue to delve into social problems by dividing the course into two parts. The first half of the semester we will focus on four problem areas that have a local and/or global focus: sex trafficking, gender and immigrant status, minority women and mental health, and transgender oppression. The second half of the semester will consist of an externship to local organizations working in the areas we cover in class.  Students need to have taken WGS 2895: Front Lines of Social Change I

1 credit class does not count toward WGS Major/Minor

Feminism, Free Speech and the Internet, Soraya Chemaly


A discussion on how social media companies, now regulating speech across borders in unprecedented ways, arbitrate norms; how a lack of diversity in media and technology exacerbates online harassment; and how feminist counterspeech is working to expand free speech

“Affective Objects: Selling Pleasures in the New Orleans Slave Market” Emily Owens, American Adademy of Arts and Sciences

Dark Matter Presents "It Gets Bitter"

Dark Matter

DARKMATTER is a trans south asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. Based in New York City, DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like La MaMa Experimental Theater, Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. DarkMatter was recently part of the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival as well as the Queer International Arts Festival. Known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache, DarkMatter has been invited to perform at stages and universities across the world.

WGS Faculty Member Corinne Field, History Graduate Student Gillet Rosenblith, and WGS Majors Katie Miller and Evelyn Wang to Speak at the 2015 National Women Studies Association Meetings

Steinem and WGS

Instructors and students from both the Women, Gender & Sexuality Program of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania will be collaborating at the 2015 National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Conference to discuss “Staying True To Feminist Pedagogy in The Lecture-Sized Classroom.”  Among them will be UVA’s WGS faculty member Corinne Field, graduate student Gillet Rosenblith, and WGS majors Katie Miller and Evelyn Wang.