"Jessica Lenahan and Her Long Fight for Justice"


In the first case brought by a survivor of domestic violence against the U.S. before an international human rights tribunal, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found that the United States violated the human rights of Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) and her children. In June 1999, Jessica Gonzales' three young daughters, ages seven, nine and ten, were abducted by Simon Gonzales, their father andJessica's estranged husband. Although Jessica Gonzales repeatedly called the police, telling them of her fears for her daughters' safety, they failed torespond.

"The Meaning of (Gay) Marriage" - RESCHEDULED for FALL 2014


John Corvino, the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Wayne State University, will be lecturing at UVA on Friday, January 17th in the Cocke Hall Library at 4 p.m. Corvino is the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage (June 2012) and the author of What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (January 2013), both from Oxford University Press. Until 2011, his column “The Gay Moralist” appeared weekly at; he has also contributed to The Advocate, the LA Times, the Independent Gay Forum, the Huffington Post, The New Republic and the New York Times.

MDST 4200

This course will examine the ways in which different mass media help to define our cultural ideas about gender differences and the ways in which feminist scholars have responded to these definitions by criticizing existing media images and by creating some alternatives of their own. The course will examine the notion that the mass media might influence our development as gendered individuals and consider different forms of feminist theory.

This course fulfills the second writing requirement.


MDST 3306

The focus of this class will be on viewings and analyses of films featuring images of teens produced between 1930 and the present, focusing on the following questions: what is adolescence (and how has it been defined in American film)? What is the range of experience that characterizes American adolescence across gender, race, and class lines? How does it make sense to think about the social influence of films on individuals and society?

JPTR 3390

This seminar will examaine modern Japanese women’s fiction and critical essays that represent a primer to Japan’s conflicted socio-cultural-gender history in light of the country’s complex psychological relationship to the West. The focus will be on a Japan that is far from the stereotypical image of a conformist and homogenerous society. No prior knowledge of Japanese language or literature is required.

HIUS 3612

Studies the evolution of women’s roles in American society with particular attention to the experiences of women of different races, classes, and ethnic groups.
This course fulfills the Second Writing Requirement.

HISA 3121

Surveys the evolving definitions and roles of women in the major social and cultural traditions of South Asia, i.e., India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.